Research Centers and Initiatives
The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering currently houses one research center and provides support for several other interdisciplinary centers and research initiatives.
Center for e-Design
The Center for e-Design is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) led by Janis Terpenny, professor and head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. It is supported by eight university partners: Brigham Young University, Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Penn State, University at Buffalo – SUNY, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Wayne State University.
The Center for e-Design is a cooperative research center combining industry needs with academic resources to produce more efficient, effective, and collaborative electronic design processes and tools. The center is committed to resolving these challenges through creative and innovative research. Center activities focus on fundamental research, research test beds, engineering education, and technology transfer.
Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition
The Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) at Penn State is a world-class resource for advancing and deploying additive manufacturing (AM) technology for engineering components. With a broad mission to advance and deploy AM technology of metallic and advanced material systems to industry, CIMP-3D seeks to:
- Advance enabling technologies required to successfully implement AM technology for engineered components and structures;
- Provide technical assistance to industry through selection, demonstration, and validation of AM technology as an "honest broker;" and
- Promote the potential of AM technology through training, education and dissemination of information and new AM knowledge.
Located in Building 230 the Innovation Park area of the University Park campus, CIMP-3D is operated by Penn State and the Applied Research Laboratory.
Professor Tim Simpson serves as co-director of the center.
Center for Health Organization Transformation
The Penn State Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) focuses on advancing the transformation of health systems and creating healthcare solutions through cross-disciplinary research, education, and outreach.
Housed in 345 Leonhard Building, Penn State CHOT is part of a National Science Foundation IUCRC that aims to advance knowledge and practice of transformational strategies in evidence-based management, information technology, clinical practice, and organizational learning through cooperative research among universities, health systems, and other health-related industries.
The center is run by Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering.
Center for Service Enterprise Engineering
The Center for Service Enterprise Engineering (CSEE) serves as a venue for interdisciplinary faculty and students to study the design and implementation of service enterprises that emphasize revenue management, workforce planning, enterprise collaboration, and service quality management.
Founded in January 2007, the CSEE is the first academic center in the United States devoted solely to the study and practice of service engineering.
The center is located in 244 Leonhard Building and runs under the direction of Professor Terry Friesz.
Enterprise Integration Consortium
The Enterprise Integration Consortium (EIC) is an education and research group at Penn State that focuses on issues related to enterprise integration technologies and applications, supply chain management (SCM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
The EIC includes many departments, colleges, and campuses in the Penn State system and aims to be at the forefront of education and research on enterprise integration issues to better serve the needs of students and industries.
The efforts of the EIC are focused on two main areas: curriculum development and research. The curriculum development program has resulted in courses that use systems applications products software in ERP and SCM to teach the fundamental concepts related to the engineering and management of global supply chains and the use of enterprise information systems. The EIC also looks to identify and develop research projects with faculty from affiliated units as well as industry members.
The EIC is led by Professor A. Ravi Ravindran.
Initiative for Sustainable Electric Power Systems
Established in 2014 by researchers Uday Shanbhag and Mort Webster (College of Earth and Mineral Sciences), the Initiative for Sustainable Electric Power Systems (ISEPS) is an interdisciplinary research initiative that aims to address the difficulties that emerge from the design, planning, and operation of the next generation of power systems and markets.
ISEPS is funded by the Earth and Mineral Sciences Institute and brings together university faculty from a variety of disciplines—including engineering, economics, earth sciences, and agricultural sciences—to develop innovative research projects that are centered on sustainable electric power.
The initiative hosts workshops, allows for joint advising of students, and facilitates collaboration on research projects as it works to garner enough support to house its own laboratory space and facilities.