Research News

Ten Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation grants

Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2.8 million, across 43 grants in total, and will bring together government, industry, and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

Keeping water and energy secure

Javad Khazaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg and affiliate professor of architectural engineering in the College of Engineering, is leading a 15-month seed grant-funded project that will investigate the vulnerability of infrastructure systems and develop detection methodologies to counteract such criminal acts.

New data examines Pennsylvanians’ trust in public officials amid pandemic

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg has released new data examining Pennsylvanians’ trust in key public figures to provide information related to the coronavirus, finding that while generally, Pennsylvanians trusted state leaders to provide information more than national leaders, political affiliation played a large part in levels of public trust.

Institute looks at impact of COVID-19 pandemic on employment in PA

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg released a report comparing the economic impact of the pandemic on business sectors in Pennsylvania, finding that unemployment claims grew at an alarming rate from the week of March 21 through the week of April 11, and may continue to grow past 2 million.