Symposium to showcase engineering student research

Students discuss their research projects during the 2016 College of Engineering Research Symposium at the Nittany Lion Inn.  Credit: Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Engineering Graduate Student Council’s 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) is set for April 4 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The event, free and open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. 

The student-initiated, student-run symposium features research papers, oral presentations and poster displays from undergraduate and graduate students in multiple engineering disciplines.

An "Art in Science" competition will showcase the artistic viewpoints often found in scientific explorations. 

CERS also provides students opportunities to network with industry representatives, faculty and researchers from various fields.

This year’s keynote speaker is Patricia Stevens, chief technologist for Boeing Phantom Works Rotary Wing Programs. The organization develops the advanced technologies, configurations and prototypes to promote Vertical Lift growth into the coming decades.

In her role, Stevens manages the R&D portfolio, leads the Vertical Lift Technology Strategy Team and leads functional engineering for the organization.

She was selected as a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in 2003.

Stevens earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from Penn State. She was named a Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumna in 2010.

CERS 2017 sponsors include Boeing, BP, Intel, MathWorks and Norfolk Southern. The University Park Allocation Committee and the University Park Graduate and Professional Student Association also provided funding for the symposium.

Chemical engineering graduate student Zhifeng Chen, CERS 2017 chair, said, “CERS serves as a professional platform for students to share and present their research. We are excited to organize this event on behalf of the Engineering Graduate Student Council and the College of Engineering, and hope that it will further strengthen the excellent research being done at Penn State.”

For additional information, visit the CERS 2017 website

Last Updated March 24, 2017