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Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding

Ralph Colby has partnered with two other Penn State researchers, Alicyn Rhoades and Scott Milner, to get a better basic understanding of how plastics cool from a liquid to solid shape in injection molding. Their work, which involves some new techniques, is already helping industry partners.
An ethane cracker plant

College to connect Erie companies to $6 billion energy project

Penn State has committed $250,000 to energy research and business assistance related to the ethane "cracker" plant being built in Beaver County.
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Behrend professor completes 10-week NASA research fellowship

"Every child wants to be an astronaut at some point," Charlotte Marr de Vries says. She got closer than most.
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Behrend professor completes 10-week NASA fellowship

Charlotte Marr de Vries, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Behrend, completed a 10-week faculty fellowship at NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. She worked with a team that studied water and air systems for a proposed space flight to Mars.
A professor posed in front of two flags at NASA.

Charlotte de Vries at NASA

Charlotte Marr de Vries, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Behrend, completed a 10-week faculty fellowship at NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

A professor stands at a chalkboard.

Charlotte de Vries at chalkboard

"They're pretty far out at the edge of what's being invented," Charlotte Marr de Vries says of the work at NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, where she served a 10-week faculty fellowship. "It was cool to have even a tiny part in that process."

Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford and HERO BX founder Pat Black pose in a research lab at Penn State Behrend.

Biofuels lab opens at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has opened a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend. Students will work with the company's chemists to develop cleaner, cheaper fuels.

Betting on biofuels

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has opened a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. Students will work with the company's chemists to develop cleaner, cheaper fuels.

Chancellor Ralph Ford and HERO BX founder Pat Black stand in a new research lab at Penn State Behrend

Ralph Ford and Pat Black in HERO BX research lab

Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford, left, joins HERO BX Founder and CEO Samuel P. "Pat" Black III in the HERO BX research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. The facility opened May 2.

A group of officials cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the HERO BX lab at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX lab opens at Penn State Behrend

HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, has developed a $1 million research lab at Penn State Behrend's Knowledge Park. The facility opened May. 2.

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