Engineering & Applied Science

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Penn Engineers Contribute to New Understanding of Friction on Graphene
November 28, 2016
Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon in sheets just one atom in thick, has been the subject of widespread research, in large part because of its unique combination of strength, electrical conductivity and chemical stability. But, despite many years of study, some of graphene’s fundamental properties are still not well understood, including the way it behaves when something slides along its surface.
Penn Researchers Receive $1.1 Million NSF Grant to Protect Internet Security
November 21, 2016
University of Pennsylvania researchers Nadia Heninger, Ted Chinburg, Brett Hemenway and Zach Scherr are trying to break the internet. But only so they can protect it. The team of computer scientists and mathematicians received a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program of the National Science Foundation to use mathematics to better understand modern cryptography systems.
Ten Penn Professors Named AAAS Fellows for 2016
November 21, 2016
Ten professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. They are among a class of 391 members honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Penn Engineers and Chemists Make Nanoscale ‘Muscles’ Powered by DNA
November 17, 2016
The base pairs found in DNA are key to its ability to store protein-coding information, but they also give the molecule useful structural properties. Getting two complementary strands of DNA to zip up into a double helix can serve as the basis of intricate physical mechanisms that can push and pull molecular-scale devices.
Penn Engineers’ Network Analysis Uncovers New Evidence of Collaboration in Shakespeare’s Plays
October 25, 2016
The question of whether William Shakespeare truly wrote every word in every scene of his plays has been circulating since the time of The Bard himself.
Penn and Michigan Researchers Discover New Rules for Quasicrystals
October 24, 2016
Crystals are defined by their repeating, symmetrical patterns and long-range order. Unlike amorphous materials, in which atoms are randomly packed together, the atoms in a crystal are arranged in a predictable way. Quasicrystals are an exotic exception to this rule.
Penn to Celebrate Ribbon Cutting for New Innovation Hub, Pennovation Center
October 24, 2016
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and David L. Cohen, chair of Penn’s Board of Trustees, invite Penn students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and friends, as well as the region’s business and tech community, to a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28.
Penn’s Genomics Curriculum Makes the Latest Science Accessible to High Schoolers
October 17, 2016
By Patrick Ammerman A new University of Pennsylvania effort is bringing genomics into high school classrooms through a free online resource. The goal is to make it easier for science teachers to incorporate the latest advances in science into their curricula.
Penn Scientists Receive $24 Million from National Science Foundation to Establish Mechanobiology Center
September 30, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $24 Million, five-year grant to establish a Science and Technology Center (STC) focused on engineering mechanobiology, or the way cells exert and are influenced by the physical forces in their environment. This award is part of an overall $94 million from NSF to support four new STCs.
Witnessing Geology’s Impact Firsthand With Penn in the Alps
September 15, 2016
Just as summer was winding down, around the time when many students were wrapping up internships and checking packing lists for a return to campus, 13 University of Pennsylvania undergraduates flew across an ocean and began acclimating to the thin air of the Swiss and Italian Alps.