School of Engineering & Applied Science

ModLab’s ‘SMORES’ are expanding robot autonomy

A self-assembling modular robot for extreme shapeshifting (SMORES) is designed to experience environmental features and modify its movement and function in response, bringing a new level of autonomy to the world of robotics.

Penn Today Staff

A cryptocurrency collaboration

A partnership with Ripple, the University Blockchain Research Initiative, will bring innovation to cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

“PBS NewsHour”

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Matt Blaze discussed a hacking experiment, saying it was “not surprising that these precocious, bright kids would be able to do it because the websites that are on the internet are vulnerable…. What was interesting is just how utterly quickly they were able to do it.”



81-year-old runner is breaking records but says ‘the best is yet to come’

Lyle Unger of the School of Engineering and Applied Science shared his expertise on the relationship between exercise and longevity.


Inside Higher Ed

Ivy League degree for the nontraditional student

The School of Engineering and Applied Science will start offering an affordable and fully online degree for working adults. “This is a meaningful expansion of what we can do,” said Provost Wendell Pritchett.


The Drone From This Penn Spinout Can Fly Inside Mines Without Maps or GPS

Exyn Technologies will be sending out a drone to explore a Latin American mine using only its own onboard sensors. The startup, which originated in Penn’s GRASP lab, was cofounded by Dean Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly’s First Maker Faire: A Summer Carnival of Innovation

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Dean Vijay Kumar, Dan Koditschek, and Mark Yim were participants in Sunday’s Maker Faire, hosted at Pennovation.