Caterpillar chief engineer to discuss safety and productivity changes in mining

Michael Murphy, chief engineer in Caperpillar Inc.’s Surface and Mining Technology division

Michael Murphy, chief engineer in Caperpillar Inc.'s Surface and Mining Technology division, will give the 2018 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Mineral Engineering on Friday, April 13,. Hill will give the lecture "Digital and Automation - The Step Change in Safety and Productivity for Mining" at 4:30 p.m. in President's Hall at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Penn State's University Park campus. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries

a new structure of a material that may one day replace the materials used in rechargeable consumer electronics batteries.

A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers from Penn State and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.