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 New agricultural engineering shop underway at
Fruit Research and Extension Center
A new agricultural engineering shop at Penn State’s Fruit Research and Extension Center will enable the fabrication and testing of machinery and other technologies aimed at
helping growers improve efficiency, reduce costs, and overcome labor shortages.
Among the scientists whose
research will benefit from the ag
engineering shop is Long He, assistant
professor of agricultural and biological engineering. He studies machinery and automation for orchard operations such as pruning and harvesting, as well as sensor-based precision technologies for irrigation and pest management.
   Engineering professor named founding director of Global Building Network
Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, has been named director of the Global Building Network (GBN). She will work as part of the Institutes of Energy and
the Environment.
The GBN is an initiative of Penn State and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, which aims to advance building science, construction processes, and building management in order to create an international framework that will make buildings more sustainable, more efficient, and healthier for people.
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 New Multicultural Engineering Program director named
Lauren Griggs, a biomedical engineer by training,
has been selected to direct Penn State College of Engineering’s Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). The program is open to all engineering students
with the goal of fostering community for traditionally underrepresented students in the field.
MEP is housed within the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion (CEOI), which includes several programs designed to support students as they navigate their undergraduate and graduate engineering studies.
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