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New program launches STEM majors into patent law career path

A new program, known as the Patent Agent Career Pathway, is launching this summer to expose Penn State STEM majors to a nontraditional career path in patent practice. The program is for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students seeking to learn about patent law and explore the possibility of taking the patent bar exam, which does not require a law degree, to become a patent agent.

Students earn digital badge for sustainability-focused activities in new program

In 2015, the United Nations member states adopted a series of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to address global challenges, such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. A new program in the Penn State College of Engineering seeks to highlight the SDGs by offering digital micro-credential badges to students who complete related coursework and extracurricular activities.

Penn State faculty awarded funding to advance public good

As public interest technology advances, more researchers across disciplines are working to apply technology to serve the public good, such as advancing equity and social justice through technology and fostering the integration of scientific insight into policymaking.

Research finds US adults have context-specific views on biometric technology use

As the application of facial recognition and DNA technologies increases across industries and domains, questions arise concerning the public's comfort with biometric modalities, the acceptability of using biometrics in various societal contexts, and the public’s trust in public and private entities using biometric technologies.

Penn State joins $72 million NASA consortium to study Earth system science

Understanding how Earth and its atmosphere behave in their natural settings and under the impact of human influence is the focus of a new $72 million consortium funded by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

School launches graduate degree at the intersection of engineering, law, policy

A new professional master of engineering degree in engineering, law and policy (MELP), housed in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, has launched. Read more. 

Multidisciplinary precision health expert joins Law, Policy, and Engineering

Jennifer K. Wagner, a multidisciplinary expert known on Twitter as @DNAlawyer, will join the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative on Aug. 15 as assistant professor of law, policy and engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs. Read more. 

Call for proposals for Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge

The Penn State PIT Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Interest Technology University Network Challenge limited submission competition. Read more. 

Penn State joins Public Interest Technology University Network 

Penn State has joined Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a Public Interest Technology project focused on fostering collaborations between colleges and universities committed to growing the public interest technology field and educating the next generation of civic-minded technology experts. Read more. 

'Decoding Big Tech' webinar to offer conversations around policy and big tech

To initiate productive conversations centered around big tech and policy, the Penn State Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative and the Penn State Science Policy Society student organization are hosting a webinar titled "Decoding Big Tech." This webinar will discuss improved data privacy laws, anti-trust enforcement with the big tech industry and increased broadband access in rural and underserved communities. Read more. 

Penn State Law, Policy, and Engineering hosts election security panel discussion

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Penn State’s Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative held Election Security in the 2020 Election, an academic panel discussion focused on addressing these election safety and security topics. Read more. 

Virtual speaker series in May to focus on impact of COVID-19

The Penn State Law, Policy and Engineering (LPE) initiative is hosting a virtual speaker series titled "Technology, Policy and Law during COVID-19" that will consist of six sessions throughout the month of May. Read more.

Aerospace expert to speak at Law, Policy, and Engineering Leadership Seminar

How does engineering inform domestic and international aviation policy and law? What flight procedures reduce the environmental impact of aviation?

Featured speaker John-Paul Clarke will address these questions and more Dec. 5 during his seminar titled “Aviation Policy, Law, and Engineering in the Context of the Policy-Law-Engineering Loop,” which takes place from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Classroom 350, Health and Human Development Building, on Penn State’s University Park campus. Read more.

Allain named inaugural LPE director

The College of Engineering, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs have jointly hired Sandra Allain as the inaugural director of the Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative. Under Allain's direction, the LPE initiative will advance innovative degree programs and research collaborations that bring together Penn State's expertise in engineering and law and policy to address societal challenges. Read more. 

Law, policy, and engineering experts convene to address biotechnology and biomedicine boon

Experts from across the United States gathered at Penn State on April 11 to address the next-generation devices for biotechnology and biomedicine. It was the second event hosted under the Law, Policy, and Engineering initiative. Jointly sponsored by the College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and the School of International Affairs, the initiative invites collaboration to address the profound challenges of humankind. Read more. 

National experts collaborate at Penn State to ensure election security

On December 3, dozens of experts from across the country met at the Penn Stater for the first Penn State Symposium on Election Security. The event was co-hosted by the College of Engineering, Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, as well as the Penn State Institute for Networking and Security Research and the Institute for CyberScience. Read more. 

Four new faculty members join civil and environmental engineering

Penn State’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering added four new faculty members this academic year. Read more. 




The Law, Policy, and Engineering (LPE) initiative is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative between Penn State's College of Engineering, Penn State Law, and Penn State's School of International Affairs. The initiative will provide a transformative educational experience for students by actively integrating components of all three disciplines into the curriculum to prepare students for the competitive, interdisciplinary, global workplaces of the future. 

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