Welcome to CERS 2016

Message from the Symposium Chairs

On the behalf of Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC), we would like to welcome you to the 13th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2016) . CERS is a student-initiated, student-run event that provides a networking opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry representatives. CERS 2016 showcases the cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research that is being conducted at Penn State in paper and poster formats.

We are pleased to report that the 2015 CERS event featured 48 paper presentations and 54 poster presentations. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering had the highest contribution rate for paper submissions (8 papers), and Chemical Engineering students had the highest poster contribution rate (11 posters). We also would like to recognize the 33 faculty and research staff and 62 student reviewers. The ‘Art in Science’ competition, which was motivated by a desire to honor and celebrate the role of aesthetics and visuality in the scientific fields, expanded in its second year to 14 participants. We look forward to further growth for CERS 2016.

We would like to once again thank Albert (Al) D. Diaz. for delivering our keynote speech in 2015. His presentation is entitled How the data center is enabling new frontiers fueled by Intel data center innovations.” was a highlight of the event. Albert (Al) D. Diaz is vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Product Collaboration and Systems Division at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for integrating the group's ingredient platforms and innovations into industry-leading, secure, high-quality system technology solutions for customers. He oversees commercial business profit and loss (P&L) as well as collaborations with key Intel customers. Diaz has a bachelor's degree in sociology and social psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., a master's degree in sociology from Pennsylvania State University, and a second master's degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Lehigh.

We would also like to thank Prof. Brad Sottile (EGSC Faculty Adviser), Ms. Lori Long (Administrative Liaison), as especially Ms. Terry Reed for their continuing support throughout the planning process. A special note of thanks goes to all of the faculty and student contributors to the event – as academic and research supervisors, paper reviewers, judges, participants and members of the audience. Last, but not least, we would like to recognize the creativity our EGSC colleagues and acknowledge them for their commitment and dedication to ensure the success of CERS 2016. We hope that you enjoy the symposium and that you will join us again next year.

Best regards,


Keith Mickolajczyk
CERS 2016 Chair

Zhifeng Chen
CERS 2016 Co-Chair

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