Katherine Kuchenbecker: Haptography: Digitizing Our Sense of Touch

Is it possible to incorporate the sense of touch into the digital world? Katherine Kuchenbecker thinks so. At TEDYouth 2012, Katherine shares her work in the field of haptics, while discussing its potential to change fields such as gaming, museums, dentistry and stroke rehabilitation.

Daeyeon Lee Receives KIChE President Young Investigator Award

Daeyeon Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the 2012 recipient of the Korean Institute of Chemical Engineers (KIChE) President Young Investigator Award. This award was established by the KICHE to recognize the most promising untenured Korean research faculty member at an academic institution in the United States. Lee leads […]

On and Off the Mat With Scholar-Athlete Mike Steltenkamp

“Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy,” or so said legendary Olympic gold medalist and Iowa University wrestling coach, Dan Gable. Does this include working toward a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Penn? Mike Steltenkamp, a Penn Engineering senior and Penn wrestler, recently considered the quote and found a good deal of […]

Bioengineering undergrads win regional award at iGEM competition

Four Bioengineering undergraduates were named the overall regional winners of the Americas East Jamboree that is part of the prestigious International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition, a synthetic biology research contest (http://igem.org/). The Penn team beat out 42 other teams from 40 universities — including Carnegie Mellon, MIT and Cornell — to win the regional […]

An Applied Learning Experience in Africa

Studying abroad continues to hold wide appeal for many U.S. college students. It is an opportunity to become immersed for a short time in a different culture, to step out of the “American-ness” of one’s life and learn to appreciate how others live and work. But when engineering majors go to a developing country and […]

Researchers solve the puzzle of controlled therapeutic release of macromolecules

When a large volume of medication is the prescription, steady and controlled release of the drug sometimes is preferred by physicians over a “burst-release” treatment in which the substance is administered all at once. In recent years, researchers have developed numerous ways to administer substances in a controlled way, but doing so for therapeutics of […]

Penn Engineers and physicians work together to improve patient health

Physicians know that once a patient has a heart attack, he or she is at increased risk for developing heart failure. That’s because of a complex series of physiological events that occur after someone suffers a myocardial infarction (or heart attack). Specifically, there is increased stress in the heart tissue, which leads to heart enlargement […]

Improving Disease Detection in Clinical Settings

The rapid advancement in our understanding of the regulatory and signaling pathways responsible for cell growth, differentiation and death has led to the identification of many anomalies in the genome and proteome that can be associated with disease. The research of Andrew Tsourkas, associate professor of Bioengineering, focuses on developing nanosensors that can be used […]

Laser-like Focus on Nanotech Design

Computer models developed collaboratively by Penn researchers are instrumental in improving nanocarriers Tiny engineered particles that can hold molecules in their hollow interiors can be targeted to specific tissue types by means of the antibodies on their exteriors. Because the choice of antibodies determines what they can bind to, these nanocarriers can serve as markers […]

Brian Chow Joins Bioengineering Faculty

Brian Chow, assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering, is an expert in optogenetics, a field in neuroscience that combines the power of optical control with the precision of genetic techniques to manipulate biological systems. This broad area is significant due to its potential in neurobiology, as well as understanding other complex biological systems. “There […]

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