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Grant to study how driver behavior is impacted by autonomous vehicle technology

University Park, Pa. — Penn State researchers aim to develop a driver-in-the-loop vehicle simulator tool in order to better understand the effects that Connected...

Interdisciplinary researchers investigate how team dynamics impact engineering design process performance

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Penn State are studying the role team interactions have on engineering student teams’ performance during the design process. Research results will be used to develop a model that showcases the influence interpersonal risk-taking has on teams and projects during the engineering design process..

Interdisciplinary team seeks community-based solutions to flooding

Lisa Iulo, associate professor of architecture and director of the Hamer Center for Community Design in the Stuckeman School at Penn State, is the lead researcher on an interdisciplinary team that has received funding from Penn State to develop community-based solutions to river flooding in Pennsylvania under the University’s strategic plan seed grant program.

Research predicts size, magnitude, timing of lab earthquakes

For the first time, the magnitude, time and duration of earthquakes in a laboratory setting were predicted by a team of researchers from Penn State and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Exploring permafrost coastal erosion in the Arctic

The remote town of Barrow, Alaska, home to more than 4,000 people, touts picturesque views of the Arctic Ocean as well as an unparalleled connection to the Alaskan wild, but underneath its stunning beauty lies a major global crisis — permafrost coastal erosion — causing Barrow to gradually slip into the sea.

Researchers investigate cement solidification in a microgravity environment

The need to build durable infrastructure on other planets is coming. To prepare, Penn State researchers have been working with NASA to explore how cement solidifies in microgravity environments.

First-ever all-female leadership team hopes to inspire future civil engineers

Penn State’s student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) has not only been restarted following several semesters of hiatus, but it is also being spearheaded by its first-ever all-female leadership team.

Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts

A team of Penn State researchers analyzed the water footprint of 65 mid- to large-sized U.S. cities and discovered that increased populations in cities may lead to greater efficiency.

Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania’s ‘Rust Belt’

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was awarded a $25,000 grant from Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment to design and test a new roofing composite as part of an ongoing economic development initiative.
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