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Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach

Research professor earns award for advancing turbomachinery

Research professor earns award for advancing turbomachinery Reid Berdanier, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State. IMAGE: PENN STATE Reid Berdanier, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been selected...

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions using microwave plasma technology

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions using microwave plasma technology The images show the nanographene morphology as produced in the microwave plasma. The nanographene appears here in crumpled filamentary form. Higher magnification shows overlapped sheets and curled...

Penn State scientists take second place in NASA software competition

Penn State scientists take second place in NASA software competitionZi-Kui Liu, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, and Brandon Bocklund, a graduate student at Penn State, were part of a small team that placed in the annual NASA Software of...

AIDCAT-2020 Postponed

AIDCAT-2020 Postponed It is with regret that we have decided to cancel the AIDCAT-2020 conference due to the challenges that have been brought to bear by the COVID19 virus. Uncertainties related to the evolving health and economic impact of this situation have led to...

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as ASME fellow

Mechanical engineering professor chosen as ASME fellow Stephen Lynch, the Shuman Family Early Career Professor and associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State.  IMAGE: PENN STATE Stephen Lynch, the Shuman Family Early Career Professor and associate...

Liu elected president of materials science and engineering society

Liu elected president of materials science and engineering society Zi-Kui Liu, distinguished professor of materials sciences and engineering and new president of ASM International, shakes hands with David Furrer, the immediate past president at a ceremony in fall...

Professor to lead Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach

Professor to lead Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach Jacqueline O’Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State and the inaugaral director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach. IMAGE: PENN...

Mechanical engineering grad student innovates gas turbine heat sensors

Mechanical engineering grad student innovates gas turbine heat sensorsShawn Siroka works with thin film heat flux gauges in the Penn State START Lab. IMAGE: PENN STATEThin film heat flux gauges could help enhance research impacts in energy production, aviation

Penn State awarded $3.3M to develop more efficient gas turbines

Penn State awarded $3.3M to develop more efficient gas turbinesThe U.S. Department of Energy has funded three projects in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering in order to improve gas turbines for advanced energy production. IMAGE: PENN STATEThree...

START Lab awarded $6 million to develop national experimental turbine

START Lab awarded $6 million to develop national experimental turbineDOE officials visited the Penn State Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine Lab on May 31, 2019. IMAGE: PENN STATECollaborative turbine design to increase sustainability, security of the nation's...

  Welcome to the Penn State Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach! Penn State is a global leader in gas turbine technology, including fields of turbomachinery, combustion, manufacturing, materials, acoustics, and controls. Bringing together expertise from across the university under a single center enhances this already large research and education portfolio. Penn State is one of the only places in the world with research addressing every single part of the gas turbine as well as the systems they integrate with; this center provides unique educational benefits to our students to differentiate them in their studies and future careers.

  The goal of the center is to bring together researchers from across the university focused on gas turbine technologies in order to strengthen the collaborations of Penn State faculty and students along with industry and federal agencies interested in gas turbine research, education, and outreach, supporting Penn State’s goal of becoming the “Energy University.” The faculty and students associated with the center target high impact, cross-cutting research. The center hosts a wide range of activities to enhance the education of undergraduate and graduate students interested in gas turbine technologies, with close ties to industry to increase their future employment opportunities. The center actively interfaces with both industry and government, providing technical expertise to help inform industry leaders and policy makers as to the importance of gas turbine technologies and the work being done at Penn State.

  Please contact center director, Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with any questions at jxo22@psu.edu.