Penn Engineering Learns a Few New Tricks

The Department of Bioengineering celebrated Engineering Week in February by sponsoring several events, including one with a special canine visitor from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (PVWDC). McBaine, an eleven-week-old springer spaniel puppy, visited Penn Engineering as part of the “Dogs & Devices” event organized by the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Rachleff […]

Jessie Huang Receives 2013 Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Jessie Huang (BE’13) is a recipient of the 2013 Undergraduate Student Paper Award granted by the Philadelphia Engineering Foundation and the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia. As part of the 2013 Delaware Valley Engineers Week (DVEW), local engineers and educators gathered for an awards luncheon on February 15, 2013, to recognize outstanding math and science teachers, […]

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 ( 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 […]

Bioengineering Students and Alumni Receive NSF Research Awards

Graduate Recipients Brent Showalter, doctoral student in the laboratory of Dawn Elliott, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Rachel Truitt, doctoral student in the laboratory of Kenneth B. Margulies, professor of Medicine, have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships by the National Science Foundation. Showalter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical […]

Global Citizenship: Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve

Penn Engineering’s commitment to “global citizenship” provides many opportunities for undergraduates to travel and serve abroad. A concept founded in the idea that each person has a responsibility to both local and international communities, “global citizenship” enables Penn Engineering undergraduates to undertake various hands-on projects that engage them with local citizens and leaders to provide […]

Red & Blue Racing takes 15th out of 120

Penn’s Red & Blue Racing team recently turned in a great performance at the annual Formula SAE competition, held at the Michigan International Speedway. From a field of 120 collegiate teams from around the world, Penn placed 15th overall, the team’s best showing to date. In just six years, Red & Blue Racing has progressed […]

Team McGill: Penn Engineering’s Triple Play

The McGill brothers’ defining moment at Penn Engineering came when all three of them filed into Professor Katherine Kuchenbecker’s Introduction to Mechanics Lab on the first day of class. Having reviewed her fall ’09 MEAM 147 student roster, Dr. Kuchenbecker was expecting three students with the last name of McGill, but was it possible that […]

Building a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Mike Peisach is not your average university student. This Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics freshman conceived of and carried out a plan to build a 1965 Shelby Cobra, a rare British sports car, from the ground up. From the time he turned 16 and got his first car, he was tempted to tinker with it, […]

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