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Conference draws transportation professionals to campus


Back in-person for the first time since 2019, the annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) gives industry leaders a chance to connect and share knowledge and ideas.

Eric Donnell named college's associate dean for research


Eric Donnell will take over as associate dean of research for the College of Engineering at Penn State, effective Jan. 1.

Engineers to explore ways to improve rural-urban commutes


Penn State researchers have received a planning grant from the Civic Innovation Challenge to study ways to improve rural-urban commutes. The six-month, $50,000 civic-engaged research award is funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Yiqi Zhang recognized for contributions to human factors engineering in transportation


Yiqi Zhang, assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State, was awarded the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award by the Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Q&A with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding


Steve Bloser, director of Penn State's Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies, discusses 25 years of Pennsylvania's Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Roads Program with Department of Agriculture Secretary Redding.

Media Mention: ‘Vikash Gayah, Penn State — Improve Traffic Flow in Cities by Banning Left Turns’


Vikash Gayah, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, was featured on The Academic Minute radio broadcast. Gayah discussed making busy intersections safer by eliminating left turns.

Ilgin Guler: ‘I Engineer Travel’


“I Engineer” highlights excellence across the Penn State College of Engineering, as well as how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is Ilgin Guler, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Penn State students earn multiple wins in international AutoDrive competition


The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team finished the first leg of the four-year AutoDrive Challenge II, taking home seven top-three recognitions for their preliminary design and simulation demonstration of an autonomous vehicle. The competition took place June 6-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Media mention: ‘Study: Drilling waste on Pennsylvania roads bad for health, land’


William Burgos, professor of environmental engineering, was recently quoted in a story by the Chesapeake Bay Journal discussing his research into the effectiveness of conventional oil and gas brine as a dust suppressant.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for non-tenure-line faculty members at the University. The promotions will take effect on July 1. The below lists are for non-tenure-line faculty promotions in engineering.

Oil and gas brine 'no better' controlling dust than rainwater, researchers find


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection published a report from Penn State researchers showing that spreading wastewater from conventional oil and gas wells on unpaved roads, a longstanding practice for dust suppression, works "no better" than rainwater and is harmful to the environment.

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