College of Earth and Mineral Sciences names spring student marshals

Fatimah Altarrah, left, and Madeline Nyblade have been named student marshals

Fatimah Altarrah has been named the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' student marshal, the top graduate overall, and Madeline Nyblade has been named the college's science honor marshal, the top graduate in a non-engineering discipline. They will be recognized during the college's spring 2018 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the Pegula Ice Arena.

Robert Johnson named nation’s best student TV weathercaster

 Robert Johnson  Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science

Robert Johnson, a Penn State junior majoring in meteorology and atmospheric science, earned first place in the television weathercaster category at the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts competition held April 8-9, in Las Vegas. The awards ceremony took place during this year's National Association of Broadcasters' NAB Show. For more than 60 years the BEA has worked with NAB in creating the next generation of media professionals.

Students build portable solar boxes to help restore services in Puerto Rico

A “Solar Saver” box built by Penn State students, center, is displayed with other solar boxes bound for Puerto Rico.

Nikhil Bharadwaj had an ingenious idea for improving the tailgating experience for himself and his friends at Penn State football games. Drawing from his love of renewable energy, the senior majoring in energy engineering began drafting plans for a small-scale solar box capable of charging cell phones and powering devices while tailgating at Beaver Stadium. But then he had a better idea.

Materials Science and Engineering students hope to inspire future women in STEM

Materials science and engineering students study in the computer lab of Steidle Building.

Tight-knit friendships have allowed a group of female students to excel in a field that has traditionally been male dominated, materials science and engineering. Throughout their time at Penn State, these students took on leadership roles, conducted research, represented Penn State at national conferences and prepared for the start of their careers.