Welcome to CERS 2015

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Message from the Symposium Chairs

On the behalf of Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC), we would like to welcome you to the 12th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2015) . CERS is a student-initiated, student-run event that provides a networking opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry representatives. CERS 2015 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 this year’s symposium includes 66 paper presentations (a 41% increase over last year) and 56 poster presentations. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering had the highest contribution rate for paper submissions (13 papers), and Chemical Engineering students had the highest poster contribution rate (11 posters). We also would like to recognize the 60 faculty and research staff (a 62% increase over last year) and 47 student reviewers (a 21% increase over last year). Last year, we instituted a category entitled ‘Art in Science’ which was motivated by a desire to honor and celebrate the role of aesthetics and visuality in the scientific fields. We look forward to the continued success of this category.

We would like to once again thank Dr. Amr S. Elnashai. for delivering our keynote speech in 2014. His presentation is entitled “Consequences of Earthquakes … Prediction versus Protection.” . was a highlight of the event. Dr. Elnashai is the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Elnashai was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Bill and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Elnashai is a Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering. He was director of the NSF multi-institution interdisciplinary Mid-America Earthquake Center (2004-2009) and director of the NSF Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) Laboratory at Illinois (2002-2009). We look forward to providing a keynote speaker for the 2015 to follow in the quality that Dr Elnashai provided.

We would also like to thank Prof. Brad Sottile (EGSC Faculty Advisor), 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 2015. We hope that you enjoy the symposium and that you will join us again next year.

Best regards,


Pouria Fattahi
CERS 2015 Chair

Keith Mickolajczyk
CERS 2015 Co-Chair

CERS Abstracts Submission<br />


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