Welcome to CERS 2016

Message from the Symposium Chairs

CERS 2016 Event Schedule (pdf)

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 are excited to annoumce Dr. Robert D. Braun. as the keynote speaker for CERS 2016. His presentation is entitled "Entry, Descent and Landing Technology Investments to Enable a New Era of Mars Exploration” . Dr. Robert D. Braun leads an active research program focused on the design of advanced flight systems and technologies for planetary exploration and has contributed to numerous spaceflight projects. He has also served as a senior leader for several engineering and technology organizations at NASA, including service as the NASA Chief Technologist in 2010-2011. From 1989 to 2003, he was a member of the technical staff of the NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Braun received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State, M.S. in Astronautics from the George Washington University, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vice Chair of the NRC Space Studies Board, and the author or co-author of over 300 technical publications in the fields of atmospheric flight dynamics, planetary exploration, design optimization, and systems engineering.

We would like to thank Prof. Brad Sottile (EGSC Faculty Adviser) and Ms. Lori Long (Administrative Liaison) for their continuing support throughout the planning process. We additionally thank Ms. Terry Reed her special support of the event. A 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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