Electrical and Computer Engineering

AI security

As AI gets more adept at synthesizing information and producing humanlike responses, many are concerned that malicious actors may use this technology in dangerous ways. Ph.D. candidate Alex Robey safeguards AI systems against malicious tampering.

Nathi Magubane

Challenges and advances in brain-computer interfaces

Following FDA approval for tech startups to begin human clinical trials for brain-computer interfacing technologies, Penn Today met with Anna Wexler of the Perelman School of Medicine to discuss the promising possibilities and potential pitfalls of neurotechnology.

Nathi Magubane

Moore than meets the eye

Following the death of Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and a pioneer in computer processor chips, Penn Today spoke with the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Benjamin C. Lee about Moore’s contributions to technology and the history and rapid evolution of chips.

Nathi Magubane

The next generation of tiny batteries

Assistant professor James Pikul speaks to the growth of interconnected devices and the robotics industry—leading to emerging designs and novel research unlocking the potential for smaller, more powerful batteries

Nathi Magubane

In the News


These origami-inspired microbots could fix damaged nerves

Researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Science led by Marc Miskin have built folding microrobots that could potentially go into human bodies to reconnect damaged nerve endings.


The New York Times

A.I. could soon need as much electricity as an entire country

Benjamin Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science says there are many dramatic statements about the rapid growth of A.I., but it’s actually dependent on how quickly Nvidia chips can be distributed.


Yahoo! Finance

Energy consumption ‘to dramatically increase’ because of AI

Research co-authored by Benjamin C. Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science showed that data center energy usage grew 25% a year on average between 2015 and 2021.


Technical.ly Philly

The new Penn QUIEST center aims to centralize quantum tech research

Lee Bassett of the School of Engineering and Applied Science hopes that Penn QUIEST, a joint initiative between Penn Engineering and the School of Arts & Sciences, will be a hub for quantum-related educational opportunities across STEM degree programs.


The Independent

Solar panel breakthrough paves way for ‘utility-scale’ space farms

Deep Jariwala of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and colleagues are designing lightweight, efficient solar cells to harvest the Sun’s energy in space at a never-before-seen scale.



Innovative design doubles efficiency of lightweight solar cells for space

Deep Jariwala of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and colleagues have proposed an improved design for lightweight 2D solar cells, a promising solution for supplying energy in space exploration and settlements.