School of Science Engineering and Technology

Penn State Harrisburg to welcome astronaut Guion Bluford on Feb. 7

Retired astronaut an Penn State alumnus Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr. will present “STEM Forward: Minorities in Engineering” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Penn State Harrisburg. Bluford will discuss his space shuttle flights and the future of manned space flight, as well as the difficulties he faced as a minority in a STEM field. In 1983, Bluford became the first African-American to fly in space.

Penn State Harrisburg researcher, students test new use for incinerator waste

Trash incinerators produce massive amounts of ash, which ends up in landfills. In the United States, available land space for landfills is decreasing, and the construction industry is looking for ways to utilize more sustainable materials. Grady Mathews, assistant professor of civil engineering in the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and his students are testing a process that could provide solutions to both problems.

Students awarded for Capstone Design projects

Outstanding student projects were recognized during the recent Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Capstone Design Conference. The conference is the culmination of students’ undergraduate studies and provides the opportunity to combine classroom learning with real-life applications, as well as collaborate with industry sponsors.

Penn State Harrisburg students' stormwater study aims to reduce local flooding

Nearly five inches of rain fell on Middletown Borough on July 23, 2017, most of it within one hour. The amount of water was simply more than the borough's stormwater system could handle. Flooding occurred in several locations in the borough and the entrance to the Penn State Harrisburg campus from Route 230 was also under water. Senior engineering students at the college think they can help if it happens again.