• The First Computer at Penn: ENIAC

    The First Computer at Penn: ENIAC

    In its day, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, or ENIAC, was a revolutionary machine. Created under the direction of John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert of Penn’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering (now the School of Engineering and Applied Science), ENIAC was important to the history of Philadelphia, as well as the digital age that it helped to usher in.

  • Explaining Metamaterials

    Explaining Metamaterials

    We live in a world of waves. The radio waves hitting your car’s antenna and the light coming in through its windshield, the X-rays that can detect a tumor and the gamma radiation that can destroy it are all different facets of the same phenomenon: electromagnetism. As one of the fundamental forces of nature, its imprint can be felt on almost everything in the universe.

  • Robotic Boats to the Rescue

    Robotic Boats to the Rescue

    Imagine sailing a container ship to help with cleanup at the site of a massive oil spill. Now imagine if each container were actually an autonomous robotic boat.

  • Crystals That Can Switch Configurations

    Crystals That Can Switch Configurations

    For associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering John Crocker, DNA is not just the stuff of genetics, but the makings of the perfect building block.

  • Nanotech Center Continues to Grow

    Nanotech Center Continues to Grow

    Construction on the $91.5 million Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology on the 3200 block of Walnut Street is proceeding on time and on budget.