‘Butterfly Wing’ Buildings Would Never Need Painting

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses research about combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: NBC News.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 11, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Prevent Cracking in Nanoparticle Films

PHILADELPHIA — Making uniform coatings is a common engineering challenge, and, when working at the nanoscale, even the tiniest cracks or defects can be a big problem. New research from University of Pennsylvania engineers has shown a new way of avoiding such cracks when depositing thin films of nanoparticles.  

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 10, 2012

Penn Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color and Texture of Butterfly Wings

PHILADELPHIA — The colors of a butterfly’s wings are unusually bright and beautiful and are the result of an unusual trait; the way they reflect light is fundamentally different from how color works most of the time.

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has found a way to generate this kind of “structural color” that has the added benefit of another trait of butterfly wings: super-hydrophobicity, or the ability to strongly repel water.

Wanted: Robot Pitcher

October 9, 2012

Penn engineers are referenced for their contribution to a robot the U.S. Navy is developing.

Article Source: Washinton Post
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 8, 2012

Penn Hosts First Ivy Plus STEM Symposium

This weekend, Penn hosted the first Ivy Plus Symposium and workshops for diverse scholars, a national conference designed to encourage exceptional undergraduate students to pursue advanced training in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. 

Audio: Online Education Grows Up, and for Now, It’s Free

September 30, 2012

Edward Rock of the Law School, Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Al Filreis of the School of Arts and Sciences are highlighted for their involvement with Penn’s Coursera classes.

Article Source: NPR

Just Say No to Cracks

September 28, 2012

Daeyeon Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on nanoparticle suspension.

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Real Steel: The Broken Robot Necks and Baby Steps of RoboCup 2012

September 7, 2012

Daniel Lee and Ph.D student Stephen McGill of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are featured for their work developing robots.

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Penn Connects 2.0: Envisioning the Future

In 2006, Penn had a vision.

Anne Papageorge, Penn’s vice president for Facilities and Real Estate Services, says the first phase of the campus blueprint, called Penn Connects, made the goals of President Amy Gutmann’s Penn Compact real.

Ultrafast Chips That Run on Light: Nanoswitch Breakthrough Brings Us Closer

September 12, 2012

Ritesh Agarwal of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shares the process and challenges of creating an all-optical photonic switch.

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