School of Engineering & Applied Science

Educational leaders examine the ‘University of the Future’

“Beyond the Walls: The University of the Future” brought scholars, administrators, and technology experts together to discuss the future of higher education and the disruption of the traditional “brick and mortar” college campus.

Jill DiSanto

Seven Penn researchers receive NIH Director Awards

Seven researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, and School of Engineering and Applied Science are to receive National Institutes of Health Director Awards, highly competitive grants to support innovative biomedical research.

Penn Today Staff

Teachers become students to become better teachers at GRASP Lab’s RET program

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program run by the GRASP Lab in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is part of a larger National Science Foundation effort to get students interested in science and engineering at an early age. This summer, one cohort of students worked with robots in the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

NBC News

After a stressful election, experts warn blockchain is not the answer

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science weighed in on blockchain voting. “The charlatans pushing for blockchain elections and online voting are doing the equivalent of advocating a healthcare policy that assumes we’re about to cure cancer,” Blaze tweeted. “Maybe we will, but best not to bet on it.”


Popular Science

Cell phones pose plenty of risks, but none of them are cancer

Reviewing the results of a study exploring the relationship between cell phones and cancer, Kenneth Foster of the School of Engineering and Applied Science remains unconvinced of potential dangers. “Health agencies are saying that if there’s something there, it’s probably so small that there’s not likely to be a large effect on the population,” Foster said.


The New York Times

The crisis of election security

Matt Blaze of the School of Engineering and Applied Science said that the investigation into Russian election interference has not found evidence that votes were actually altered, but also that “we haven’t looked very hard.” Furthermore, said Blaze, even if we were to look more closely, “it’s possible to do a pretty good job of erasing all the forensic evidence.”


Bloomberg View

You’re probably not being microwaved right now

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Kenneth Foster described claims that a classified microwave weapon was used to injure diplomats as unlikely, due to the impossibility of producing radiation powerful enough to cause neurological damage.


Bloomberg News

Millennium shuts down pioneering quant hedge fund

Michael Kearns of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discussed the closing of Prediction Company, a hedge fund. “Prediction was certainly far ahead of its time in realizing that many aspects of trading could be made not just quantitative but algorithmic,” said Kearns.