Penn Engineers’ New Topological Insulator Can Reroute Photonic ‘Traffic’ On the Fly, Making for Faster Chips
From the Liang Feng Research Group — Topological insulators are a game-changing class of materials; charged particles can flow freely on their edges and route themselves around defects, but can’t pass through their interiors. This perfect surface conduction holds promise for fast and efficient electronic circuits, though engineers must contend with the fact that the interiors of such materials are effectively wasted space.
Training the next generation of globally minded researchers
As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies program, students and faculty conduct fundamental research on materials that are needed after a natural disaster strikes. Students can also conduct summer research in Grenoble, France. “It’s definitely broadened my horizons and encourages me that being in this Ph.D. program is the right move,” says graduate student Ben Paren of Materials Science and Engineering, pictured with French student Laura Issartel, whom he mentored this summer. Read More
NSF Awards $1.98 Million Grant to Penn-led Team for Quantum Circuit Research
The NSF has begun enabling its 10 Big Ideas by awarding grants to bright minds in fields like engineering, including a $1.98 million grant received by a Penn-led team to work on the NSF’s Quantum Leap initiative. Ritesh Agarwal, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is heading the research team and is working with Liang Feng, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as researchers from the City College of New York and Texas A&M University. Read More
Penn Engineers Receive Grants through Manufacturing PA Initiative
Governor Tom Wolf recently announced grants to fund 26 projects as part of the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program, 3 of which were awarded to projects at the University of Pennsylvania. The 3 projects spearheaded by Penn are led by Kevin Turner, Shu Yang, and Mark Yim and were each granted approximately $70,000. The Penn professors will be collaborating with Pennsylvania-based companies to bring their groundbreaking visions to life. Read More
A new study by the Ritesh Agarwal group demonstrates unique electrical properties in a class of quantum materials that can be controlled using light.
Mahadevan Khantha Speaks at Penn Forerunner
Penn Forerunner, a University program that anticipates the needs of international students, allows participants to better understand academic expectations at Penn and the structure of the University and familiarizes students with social and cultural norms and life in the U.S. In June, MSE Master’s Program Advisor Mahadevan Khantha, participated in an engineering-specific information session in Beijing.
2018-2019 Academic Year in Review
What a year it has been for Penn’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering! As we close the book on another academic year, our annual letter from Karen Winey, department chair, captures our most noteworthy personal and collective achievements. Read More
MSE Seminar: “Scalable Multifunctional Nanoarchitectures for Energy Storage”
MSE Seminar: “Managing Intercultural Interactions in a Challenging Global Higher Education Landscape”
MEAM Seminar: “Micro/Nanomanufacturing of 3D Functional Coatings via Self-Limiting Electrospray Deposition”
Open Faculty Positions
The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania initiated a period of substantial growth in 2015 including four new hires in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The department is continuing this exciting multi-year hiring effort by seeking multiple tenure-track assistant professors. Exceptional applicants for tenured associate and full professor positions may also be considered. Now accepting applications.