Welcome to CERS 2014


Message from the Symposium Chairs …


On the behalf of Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC), we would like to welcome you to the 11th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2014) . CERS is a student-initiated, student-run event that provides a networking opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry representatives. CERS 2014 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). This 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 are pleased to have Dr. Amr S. Elnashai. as our keynote speaker. His presentation is entitled “Consequences of Earthquakes … Prediction versus Protection.” . 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).

In addition to Amr Elnashai, we would like to thank our Title Sponsor. , BP; our Titanium Sponsors. , Norfolk Southern and Intel. In addition, we would like to express our appreciation to the University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC), College of Engineering (COE) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) for their continuing support of CERS. We value your sponsorship and appreciate your interest and participation in CERS.

We would also like to thank Dr. Christopher Saldana (EGSC Faculty Advisor), Ms. Terry Reed (Administrative Liaison) and Mrs. Jamie l. Whitehead (Administrative Liaison) 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 2014. We hope that you enjoy the symposium and that you will join us again next year.



Best regards,

CERS Team

Soumalya Sarkar
CERS 2014 Chair

Pouria Fattahi
CERS 2014 Co-Chair


CERS Abstracts Submission<br />
2014

CERS 2014 SPONSORS



West Pharmaceuticals

BP

Norfolk Southern

Intel

GSA