May 22, 2015
In the early 1990s, the model for engineering education in the College of Engineering at Penn State was designed such that only a small percentage of students were afforded opportunities to apply what they learned in the classroom before graduating and starting their careers. That model would change drastically following the inception of the Learning Factory in 1995.
May 21, 2015
Timothy W. Simpson, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and engineering design and co-director of the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, has been named a Penn State 2015 Teaching and Learning with Technology Fellow.
January 02, 2014
Tim Simpson, professor of industrial engineering and mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the 2014 Ben C. Sparks Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
December 05, 2012
Penn State engineering students, through the senior capstone design program and the Iron Lion design challenge, helped create the initial prototypes for Evive Station: a filtered water-dispensing and bottle-cleaning kiosk that has raised $5 million in startup funds from investors to date.
October 19, 2012
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering hosted an event for students to present their ideas as part of the recently announced MNE Innovation Competition. Four student teams presented their ideas for innovations to a panel of judges comprised of Penn State faculty and alumni.
September 05, 2012
Dr. Mary Frecker, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, is set to lead the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory at the conclusion of the 2012 fall semester.
August 22, 2012
A $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been awarded to principal investigator (PI) Mary Frecker, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to develop methods to design active origami structures to be used for applications in minimally invasive surgery, adaptive aircraft structures, reconfigurable robots and deployable space structures.
October 25, 2011
Dr. Tim Simpson, Professor of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, and a team of students and faculty in aerospace, industrial and mechanical engineering, the College of Information Science and Technology, and the Applied Research Laboratory have developed a suite of multi-dimensional data visualization tools to support model-based engineering and design.
April 19, 2011
Dr. Timothy Simpson, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Learning Factory, has been chosen to receive the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fred Merryfield Design Award based on his extraordinary leadership in engineering design.
March 18, 2009
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is proud to announce that three members of its faculty have recently been elected Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). This honor recognizes significant achievements in and contributions to the engineering profession.
October 13, 2008
Dr. Timothy Simpson, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and director of the Learning Factory, has been elected an associate fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).