New low-cost needle simulator aims to revolutionize medical training

Administering needle-based procedures in anesthesiology, such as epidurals, is a complex and delicate procedure. However, the current training methods for doctors are costly and fall short in preparing them for every patient and situation they'll face. A new proposed patent from the Penn State College of Engineering plans to change that.

Researchers receive $535K to manufacture metal parts for naval applications

Penn State researchers have received more than $535,000 to install a state-of-the-art "super-finishing lab" for 3D-printed metal parts. The new lab will complement the existing subtractive processing technology in the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education Lab within the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Researchers develop new method to identify patients at risk for readmission, emergency room visits or death

Researchers from Penn State and Geisinger Health System teamed up to find a way to predict a patient's risk for needing additional medical care within three days of being discharged from the hospital.

Penn State honored for excellence at national industrial engineering conference

Faculty, graduate students and alumni from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2018 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Scholar brings 'Moneyball' analysis to the ice

Recent IE graduate Steven Bollendorf took first prize for his poster at the University's Sports Analytics Conference, which examined how data can help ice hockey teams and players improve their efficiency.

Prabhu awarded Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

Vittal Prabhu, an industrial and manufacturing engineering professor at Penn State, has received a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship and will be traveling to India to do research for the 2018-19 academic year.

Industrial engineers co-author new book on service systems engineering

Two faculty members within the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering have coauthored a new book focusing on the design, control, operation and management of service systems.

From queue to cone: Students tackle issues that lead to Creamery's long lines

Industrial engineering students are applying what they've learned in the classroom to help improve service at one of the most beloved places on campus, Penn State's Berkey Creamery.

Department welcomes innovator in additive manufacturing to Penn State

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering had the honor of hosting Masahiko Mori, president of DMG MORI, on April 26 as he was recognized for his outstanding work in additive manufacturing.

Tucker attends Gates Millennium Scholars Program Celebration

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial and manufacturing engineering, was invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to attend the Gates Millennium Scholars Program Celebration on April 24 in Seattle. Although there are more than 20,000 Gates Millennium Scholars and alumni of the program, Tucker was one of approximately 30 scholars invited to the event.

Senior Mary Walker receives Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership

Industrial Engineering senior Mary Walker was presented with the 2018 Joelle Award for Women in Engineering Leadership at a ceremony on April 23.

Engineering service solutions

Penn State's Enterprise Networking and Communication Services turned to engineering students to help improve the unit's service to the University community by sponsoring capstone projects through the Learning Factory.

Yechen Wang named industrial engineering student marshal

Senior Yechen Wang has been selected as the student marshal for the industrial engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 4.

Engineering a musician

When Cassandra Sotos left her job at Accenture and moved to Nashville to pursue music professionally, she didn't think she would find herself back at her alma mater in the very same engineering entrepreneurship class where she'd been a teaching assistant.

IE students work with real data to tackle service sector challenges

The application of real data to classroom problems is allowing Penn State industrial engineering students to take their learning one step further. Professor Vittal Prabhu developed a case study based on data from an electric utility company to help students apply engineering techniques to real life situations.

Industrial engineers celebrate department successes at annual banquet

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and their families gathered on April 6 to celebrate the achievements of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial Engineering at its annual banquet.

IE graduate student investigates smart maintenance in service sector

Originally from Taiwan, doctoral candidate Kai-Wen Tien is focusing his research on how to achieve smart manufacturing through smart maintenance.

Soyster named 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus

Former IME department head Allen Soyster has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit in the country, talk to policymakers about encouraging innovation and to get a taste of Israeli culture.

Industrial engineering moves up in graduate program rankings

The industrial engineering graduate program at Penn State is ranked seventh in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" rankings.

Senior Emily Leight awarded S. Balachandran Service Scholarship

Senior Emily Leight has received the S. Balachandran Service Scholarship in recognition of her service to the Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society, of which she is the Penn State chapter president.

Shannon McCully finds magic in industrial engineering through career at Disney

Penn State alumna Shannon McCully's passion for industrial engineering fuels long career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Engineers work to improve customization of orthopedic implants using 3D-printed titanium

A team of engineers at Penn State is working to improve the fit and longevity of orthopedic implants by producing the parts out of titanium using additive manufacturing, which allows for more customization than traditional manufacturing techniques.

Scholar part of research team working to improve medical training

Schreyer Scholar and industrial engineering major Rucha Bhide is working with a team of Penn State researchers to find ways for resident physicians to learn central venous catheter placement by analyzing their gaze patterns using a dynamic haptic robotic trainer.

From kitchen table to economic summit, engineering student takes company to top

Two years ago, Itunu Lawani helped his brother start L&L Foods at the kitchen table in their home in Atlanta. Recently, the company emerged as the winner of the Nigerian Economic Summit startup pitching event, taking home a prize of $15,000.

Manufacturing the Magical Moments: IE senior gears up for THON 2018 as the family relations director

Penn State industrial engineering senior Tommy Misiak pairs an interest in manufacturing engineering with a passion for THON as the family relations director.

Can social media data be used to predict threats or identify fake news?

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, has received funding from the U.S. Air Force to investigate whether crowd-sourced data from social media can be used to not only detect threats, but also prevent catastrophic events from happening in the future.

College awards Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

Guha Manogharan, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering and industrial and manufacturing engineering, and Saurabh Basu, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering were awarded one of four Multidisciplinary Seed Grants by the College of Engineering.

Conrad Tucker helps "engineer" win as guest football coach

Conrad Tucker, an associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, served as a guest coach at the Penn State football game against Nebraska during the 2017 season.

Engineers work with Walmart to improve Military Appreciation Tailgate operations

Industrial engineering graduate students are working with one of the world's largest retailers to help improve processes at one of the largest events honoring past and current service members in Central Pennsylvania.

College of Engineering students show off their projects at the Capstone Design Project Showcase

After 15 weeks of hard work, College of Engineering students displayed their capstone design projects at the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Project Showcase held on December 7 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Former VP of UPS Security Services guest lectures for service engineering course

A former vice president of UPS Security Services, Paul Funari, recently spoke to industrial engineering students about ways to reduce the cost of the transportation of goods while improving efficiencies. Funari presented a case study that he developed as a part of Service Enterprise Engineering 360's goal to incorporate more real life service examples into the IE curriculum.

New Service Enterprise Engineering Minor to be available at University Park

With more over 80 percent of the economy and 70 percent of jobs in the United States attributed to the service sector, the new service enterprise engineering minor at Penn State will answer a critical need for operational expertise in health care and human service fields.

Conquering traffic congestion with mathematics

The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $446,000 for a new collaborative engineering project that will allow drivers to make more informed travel decisions and allow government organizations to better regulate travel within heavily congested major metropolitan areas.

IE student places first in 3M international innovation competition

Vamshi Voruganti, a senior industrial engineering student, was a member of the team that won first place in the 3M Inventing a New Future Challenge in July.

Alumnus turns job with struggling railroad into vibrant career

Penn State alumnus John Samuels chose to leave the security of a tenured professorship within the College of Engineering to work for a struggling railroad. He used his engineering expertise to make the railroad profitable again.

Can computers be creative?

Researchers from Penn State have received $900,000 to teach computers how to generate original design ideas and then determine if those ideas are technically feasible which, in terms of national security, would give the United States a considerable competitive advantage in our technology industries.

PSIMES presented with Penn State Alumni Association's Membership Award

The Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society was honored for its efforts to grow membership as the recipient of the Penn State Alumni Association's Membership Award.

Industrial engineers explore drone-enabled services

Industrial engineering graduate students on a Service Engineering Academic Learning team explore drone-enabled services with a new initiative called SmartPark. This drone-based intelligent parking system aims to revolutionize the parking industry by identifying the nearest vacant parking spot in real time using an innovative mobile app.

Tucker serves on team organizing artificial intelligence event in the U.K.

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering and an affiliate faculty member in computer science and engineering, is currently serving on the planning team organizing "2050 | Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Conflict," to be held Nov. 8 in the United Kingdom.

Engineering graduate student awarded NIST fellowship

Michael Hoffman, an industrial engineering Ph.D. student, has been awarded a graduate research fellowship in the Systems Integration Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The move to lighter, stronger, cheaper materials for transportation

William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professor Jingjing Li talks about how manufacturing has evolved and where it is heading today.

NSF grant supports research to define creativity in engineering design

Researchers at Penn State and the University of Maryland will use a $399,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate how creative ideas in engineering design are gauged, in order to create a unified measurement system.

Professor Emeritus Ravindran serves as co-editor of new book on business operations

Professor Emeritus A. "Ravi" Ravindran, a world-renowned expert on operations research, is an editor of a new book that provides guidance on decision-making in business operations.

Chilean Fulbright Scholar passionate about Penn State SEE 360 Initiative

Barbara Venegas is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and made the decision to use this gift to pursue her graduate education in industrial engineering. As a fellow for the SEE 360 Initiative under Professors Vittal Prabhu and Jose Ventura, Venegas uses her vast international experience and knowledge to research and explore ways the field of engineering can help to optimize the service sector.

$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Industrial engineering moves up to seventh in undergraduate program rankings

The industrial engineering undergraduate program at Penn State is ranked seventh in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report "Best Undergraduate Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering Programs" rankings.

First SCOR grant goes to faculty from Penn State Smeal, College of Engineering

The inaugural monetary award in the Smeal Commercialization of Research (SCOR) Grant Program demonstrates the power of research collaborations across Penn State.

IISE student chapter awarded second consecutive Gold Award

The Penn State student chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) earned the institute's Gold Award for their success and achievements during the 2016-17 academic year. The Gold award is the IISE University Chapter Recognition Program's highest honor and has been awarded to the Penn State chapter the last two years.

NSF funds research to help predict structure for long-term electric power transmission

Researchers from the Colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Engineering are working on an NSF-funded project that will help predict structure for long-term electric power transmission.

Department welcomes four new faculty members

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering is proud to welcome Qiushi Chen, Eunhye Song, Huanan Zhang and Yiqi Zhang to its faculty for the 2017-18 academic year.

Tucker serves as Atlantic Council Science and Policy Fellow

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, is currently serving a four-month term as a Science and Policy Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative.

Ravindran named Emeritus Faculty Teaching Scholar

Professor Emeritus A. "Ravi" Ravindran has been named a Provost's Emeritus Faculty Teaching Scholar at Penn State.

Industrial engineers place third in national manufacturing competition

A Penn State industrial engineering graduate student and his adviser addressed the need for process models in additive manufacturing on their way to a third place finish in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes Challenge.

Big Ten champ DeCecco makes great strides in the classroom and on the track

Rachael DeCecco works hard to divide her time between running on Penn State's women's Track & Field team and succeeding as an industrial engineering student. The team won the indoor Big Ten Championship in February.

Faculty, students honored at Annual IISE Conference and Expo

Several faculty and students within the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering were honored for excellence at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference in Pittsburgh.

Aybat, Miller, Tucker receive promotions

Three members of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor, as announced by the College of Engineering.

Green Fleets

New research at Penn State addresses the impact delivery trucks have on the environment by providing green solutions that keep costs down without sacrificing efficiency.

Alumnus, IT professor, veteran planning to retire, but not slow down

IT professor and industrial engineering alumnus Stan Aungst is set to retire but he's not quite ready to slow down.

Leight named recipient of material handling foundation scholarship

Emily Leight, an industrial engineering student, has been selected to receive the Southworth International Group, Inc. Honor Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc.

Industrial engineering student awarded professional society scholarship

Charlotte Fei, a junior industrial engineering student, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Dwight D. Gardner Scholarship, presented by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Researchers receive seed grant to study cyber threats on digital manufacturing

A team of four Penn State researchers, including three engineers, has received a $25,000 seed grant from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience to study the effects cyber security threats have on digital manufacturing systems.

Gaming helps personalized therapy level up

Using game features in non-game contexts, computers can learn to build personalized mental and physical therapy programs that enhance individual motivation, according to Penn State engineers.

Young engineering explorers visit Penn State

More than 30 middle and high school students from Tioga Explorers, Inc., an engineering outreach program based in Owego, New York, toured various STEM-related facilities at the University Park campus on April 14 as part of Engineering Explorers Day.

Penn State to offer new additive manufacturing and design graduate degrees

In response to increased industry demand for experts in the growing field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master's degrees in additive manufacturing and design beginning in fall 2017.

Researchers collaborate on $1.2 million project to lower product design and manufacturing costs

Penn State industrial engineering researchers are part of a collaborative team that has received $1.2 million in funding to develop an advanced framework that will allow engineers to share and process engineering data as well as formally represent design and manufacturing-related knowledge throughout the product design lifecycle.

Inventing a New Future

Vamshi Voruganti, a junior industrial engineering student, is advancing to the global finals of the 2017 3M Invent a New Future Challenge after placing first at the national competition March 30-31 at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kandice Pettaway: Dreamer, Doer, Engineer

Kandice Pettaway, an incoming industrial engineering student, is focusing on being a successful student with the ultimate goal of helping minorities succeed in STEM fields.

Dickson named industrial engineering student marshal

Senior Wes Dickson has been selected as the student marshal for the industrial engineering baccalaureate degree program at the College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6. Dickson will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and a certificate in Six Sigma.

Students, faculty and alumni recognized at annual IME banquet

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering held its annual banquet March 31 and presented awards to outstanding students, faculty and alumni.

Aungst named recipient of 2017 Barash Award for Human Service

Stanley G. Aungst ('00 Ph.D.), senior lecturer of information sciences and technology in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the 2017 recipient of the Barash Award for Human Service.

Yang co-edits new book on health care analytics

Harold and Inge Marcus Career Associate Professor Hui Yang is the co-editor of a new book that focuses on statistical and operational research methods and tools that are being used to improve the health care industry.

Ergonomist serves as research consultant on newest LG smartphone

Andris Freivalds, a world-renowned expert in the field of human factors and ergonomics, helped lead a team of researchers contracted by LG during the testing of its latest smartphone release.

Undergrads help export latest in engineering communication to China

When classes conclude this spring, two Penn State industrial engineering students will join the growing ranks of those that have helped export cutting-edge engineering communication from University Park to China.

Penn State mourns the loss of businessman and philanthropist Harold Marcus

Harold "Hal" Marcus, a 1949 Penn State graduate and retired industrial engineer turned real estate entrepreneur, died on March 18 at his home in Olympia, Washington, at the age of 89.

Terpenny named chair-elect of national industrial engineering council

Janis Terpenny has been named the 2017-18 chair-elect of the Council of Industrial Engineering Academic Department Heads. Terpenny is the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Chair and Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, as well as a professor within the department.

Al-Kaf honored with Kopp International Achievement Award

Abdulrahman (Abdul) Al-Kaf, a junior majoring in industrial engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the 2017 LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students.

Bello named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus

Long-time supporter of Penn State and the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Gary Bello has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Industrial engineering moves up to eighth in graduate program rankings

The industrial engineering graduate program at Penn State is ranked eighth in the latest annual U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" rankings, released on March 14.

Creating undergraduate research opportunities for IE students

The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering launched its undergraduate research program in order to give students real-world experience and to get them excited about the possibility of graduate studies. Now in its second semester, the program continues to show signs of a sustainable, successful undergraduate research experience.

Penn State named site of Center for e-Design

Penn State is the newest addition to the Center for e-Design, a seven-university, 35-plus member National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

Long-time professors Chandra and Ravindran to retire

M. Jeya Chandra and A. "Ravi" Ravindran - two of the most beloved and respected professors in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - will retire from Penn State.

Von Bueren places second in Leonhard Center Speaking Contest

Industrial engineering student Steven Von Bueren, whose talk focused on a liquid armor for soldiers, finished second in the Leonhard Center Speaking Contest this spring.

Marc Collado: Balancing life in the classroom and on the tennis court

Marc Collado manages to balance his life as a captain of the men's tennis team along with his studies in industrial engineering.

IE graduate student recognized for volunteerism

Ashwin Anand, a second-year year master's student in industrial engineering, is one of four students who will be recognized by President Eric Barron for his leadership and volunteerism during the 2016 Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Industrial engineering student awarded national honor society scholarship

Wes Dickson, a senior industrial engineering student, has been selected to receive the S. Balachandran Service Scholarship by Alpha Pi Mu, the industrial engineering national honor society.

Penn State to sponsor international conference on quality in industrial applications

Penn State is teaming up with Tsinghua University to sponsor the 2nd Annual Sino-U.S. Conference on Quality, Analytics and Innovations this summer.

Simpson named College of Engineering's Morrow Professor

Timothy W. Simpson, one of the leading experts in additive manufacturing technology and the design of 3D-printed metal parts in the country, has been appointed the Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing in Penn State's College of Engineering.

Penn State Smeal's Russell Barton named distinguished professor

Russell Barton, Penn State Smeal College of Business senior associate dean for research and faculty, has been named distinguished professor of supply chain and information systems.

Researchers to begin $1.5 million project for manufacturing industry

A team of researchers and analysts from Penn State, Case Western Reserve University, the GE Global Research Center and Microsoft are working on a $1.5 million collaborative research project to develop a cloud-based wireless sensing and prognostic system for monitoring machinery health conditions.

Kumara to teach health care data analytics course in India

Soundar Kumara is one of three instructors that will be teaching a course on "Data Analytics with Applications to Health Care" at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras (India) in early 2017.

Abandoning Creativity

Industrial design students who come up with highly creative ideas for new products usually favor more conservative designs when it comes time to make a prototype. Researcher Scarlett Miller is trying to find out why and devising educational strategies to encourage students to choose more innovative options.

Unique partnership between researchers and industry helps train future engineers

Researchers from Penn State, University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University collaborate to help one manufacturing company find responsive solutions to its complex challenges.

Rico Polim named College of Engineering fall student marshal

Rico Polim has been named the student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 17. Polim will receive a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and master of science degrees in both industrial engineering and operations research.

Graduate students, alumnus earn Koopman Prize

Three industrial engineering graduate students along with a recent alumnus were named awardees of the prestigious Koopman Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Breaking gender barriers...with rockets

In a time where many companies are under fire for a lack of gender diversity, a group of female Penn State industrial engineering graduates are showing what women can do.

Graduate student to be honored at INFORMS annual meeting

Deepak Agrawal, a Ph.D. student in industrial engineering, will be receiving two awards at the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences 2016 Annual Meeting in Nashville today.

Alumnus/veteran gives back to military community

When Stan Aungst was drafted a year out of high school to serve with the Army during the Vietnam War, a college degree of any sort was the furthest thing from his mind. However, after two tours serving as a field cryptographer in East and Southeast Asia, and memories of the horrors of war not far behind, he set his sights on academia. Since then he has achieved more during his career than most lifetime academics. He is also one of the original organizers of what is now a Penn State tradition, Military Appreciation Day.

NSF funds research to improve service industry efficiencies

Guodong (Gordon) Pang, assistant professor of industrial engineering, has been awarded a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant in the highly competitive Service Manufacturing and Operations Research Program for his three–year research project titled, "Large-scale fork-join networks with synchronization constraints."

Terpenny appointed head of industrial and manufacturing engineering

Janis P. Terpenny has been named the Peter and Angela Dal Pezzo Department Head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State, effective Sept. 7.

Fagan and Stoner honored by the Women in Engineering Program

Ellen Fagan and Nichole Stoner, both industrial engineering students, have been honored by the Penn State Women in Engineering Program for their outstanding commitment and achievements within the college and the community.



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