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Red brick building in New Kensington

Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania's 'Rust Belt'

Esther Obonyo, associate professor of engineering design and architectural engineering, was awarded a $25,000 grant from Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment to design and test a new roofing composite. The project is part of a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary initiative led by Penn State New Kensington’s Corner Launchbox focused on refreshing the community’s image and economy.
Penn State New Kensington BET students and faculty member stand by lion statue

2018 New Kensington BET program class photo

Brad Klauss, second from right, was one of seven students in the U.S. chosen to receive a 2018 Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation scholarship. Klauss, who is anticipated to graduate in August from Penn State New Kensington's biomedical engineering technology (BET) program, is currently completing his required full-time internship. Klauss is joined by his fellow classmates in the 2018 BET cohort and program coordinator Joie Marhefka, far left.

Joseph Cuiffi wiring conveyor belt in lab

Reimagining manufacturing: Penn State New Kensington paving way for industry's future

Campus leads smart manufacturing project in partnership with MIT and Arconic
Joseph Cuiffi, assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology

Joseph Cuiffi

Joseph Cuiffi, Penn State alumnus and current assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) at Penn State New Kensington. Cuiffi is leading a CESMII grant-funded project team working on creating a smart manufacturing educational toolkit and curriculum that will be utilized in his classes and for external industry workforce development. Building upon a machine already being developed by MIT and consulting with Arconic for industry expertise, Cuiffi will introduce the toolkit in an educational setting with EMET and business students in an integrated spring 2019 class, but the project has potential to go beyond a classroom for industry workforce development.

Joseph Cuiffi, assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology

Joseph Cuiffi

Joseph Cuiffi, Penn State alumnus and current assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) at Penn State New Kensington. Cuiffi is leading a CESMII grant-funded project team working on creating a smart manufacturing educational toolkit and curriculum that will be utilized in his classes and for external industry workforce development. Building upon a machine already being developed by MIT and consulting with Arconic for industry expertise, Cuiffi will introduce the toolkit in an educational setting with EMET and business students in an integrated spring 2019 class, but the project has potential to go beyond a classroom for industry workforce development.

Kevin Snider, chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, speaks with Joseph Cuiffi, assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of EMET

Kevin Snider and Joseph Cuiffi at Penn State New Kensington

Kevin Snider, left, chancellor of Penn State New Kensington, speaks with Joseph Cuiffi, assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology. Cuiffi is leading a grant-funded project team working on creating a smart manufacturing educational toolkit and curriculum that will be utilized in his classes and for external industry workforce development. The project comes during Snider's ongoing discussions about the importance of creating an awareness of the Industry 4.0 mindset for students, as well as business and industry.

Joseph Cuiffi wiring conveyor belt in lab

Joseph Cuiffi leading CESMII grant-funded team

Joseph Cuiffi, Penn State alumnus and current assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) at Penn State New Kensington, works in a campus lab. Cuiffi is leading a grant-funded project team working on creating a smart manufacturing educational toolkit and curriculum that will be utilized in his classes and for external industry workforce development. Building upon a machine already being developed by MIT and consulting with Arconic for industry expertise, Cuiffi will introduce the toolkit in an educational setting with EMET and business students in an integrated spring 2019 class, but the project has potential to go beyond a classroom for industry workforce development.

Joseph Cuiffi wiring conveyor belt in lab

Joseph Cuiffi leading CESMII grant-funded team

Joseph Cuiffi, Penn State alumnus and current assistant teaching professor and program coordinator of electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET) at Penn State New Kensington, works in a campus lab. Cuiffi is leading a CESMII grant-funded project team working on creating a smart manufacturing educational toolkit and curriculum that will be utilized in his classes and for external industry workforce development. Building upon a machine already being developed by MIT and consulting with Arconic for industry expertise, Cuiffi will introduce the toolkit in an educational setting with EMET and business students in an integrated spring 2019 class, but the project has potential to go beyond a classroom for industry workforce development.

Joseph Cuiffi wiring conveyor belt in lab

Reimagining manufacturing: Penn State campus paving way for industry's future

A Penn State New Kensington-led partnership including MIT and Arconic has been awarded one of 10 Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute grants to study smart manufacturing initiatives throughout the United States.

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