Faculty Expertise

AI in the Sky

Engineering professor Chaopeng Shen’s AI-based hydrological models helped PlantVillage teams in Africa combat a powerful locust plague and save the crops of thousands of farmers.
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Top Marks

The U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs rankings placed Penn State World Campus in the top 10 of five graduate degree disciplines and the bachelor’s degree category—the most of any institution.

The Movement Continues

The mass protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd have been hailed by many as the start of a new civil rights movement. We asked faculty from Penn State’s African American Studies department for their perspective on the surge in awareness and activism, which they see as part of an ongoing process that began centuries ago and is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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Practical Advice: Maura Shea

The Bellisario College professor recommends a selection of documentary films that offer insight on slavery, the civil rights movement, and the everyday Black experience.
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Testing Time

Engineering professor Weihua Guan is working to develop a rapid test for asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.
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Kind Hearts and Curious Minds

As Penn State’s first-ever professor of caring and compassion, Rob Roeser is tasked with designing classes that meld the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation with modern neuroscience. The goal is to help students become calmer and more focused—and ultimately, to be more engaged and caring citizens of the world.
Savita Iyer