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caption: Karen Winey

Three New Scholarly Chairs in Penn Engineering (via Qpute.com)


Three New Scholarly Chairs in Penn Engineering

Penn Engineering has announced the recipients of three scholarly chairs: Karen Winey, Shu Yang, and Stephan Zdancewic.

Karen Winey: Harold Pender Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

caption: Karen WineyDr. Winey is a professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She holds a PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed her postdoctoral training at AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining Penn in 1992.

Dr. Winey has received numerous awards for her research. Most recently, she was named fellow, POLY (Division of Polymer Chemistry) American Chemical Society, 2021. She has also a 2020 Herman F. Mark Senior Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the 2020 Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Science & Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She is the 2012 recipient of Penn Engineering’s George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.

Dr. Winey’s research is in the area of polymer nanocomposites and ion-containing polymers.  She was among the first to fabricate polymer nanocomposites with carbon nanotubes and devised processing methods to manipulate their hierarchical structures to improve their electrical and thermal properties. She has also dramatically expanded the range of nanoscale, self-assembled structures found in single-ion conductors with the aim of designing plastics with exceptional transport properties for batteries and separations.

The Harold Pender Professorship was established in honor of the first dean of the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at Penn.

Shu Yang: Joseph Bordogna Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

caption: Shu YangDr. Yang is a professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She joined Penn in 2004 after four years at Bell Laboratories. She received her PhD from Cornell University in 1999.

In addition to her professorship, Dr. Yang serves as the chair of the department of materials science and engineering. Highlights of her many awards include her 2021 election to the Materials Research Society, her 2018 election as a fellow of the American Physical Society and her 2018 election as a fellow of the division of polymeric materials: science and engineering of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Yang’s research is in the area of novel materials synthesis and fabrication methods. She combines novel materials at the nanoscale and geometric designs at micro- and macroscales, to explore unique surface, optical, and mechanical properties for potential applications, including coatings, adhesives, displays, (bio)sensors, energy efficient building skins, robotics, biomedical devices, and wearable technology.

The Joseph Bordogna Professorship was established in honor of the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1981-1990.

Stephan Zdancewic: Schlein Family President’s Distinguished Professor

caption: Stephan ZdancewikDr. Zdancewic is a professor in the department of computer and information science at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He earned a PhD in computer science from Cornell and joined Penn that same year, in 2002.

Dr. Zdancewic serves as the associate chair of the department of computer and information science. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and Penn’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Dr. Zdancewic’s  research focuses on the problem of building software that is reliable, robust and secure, drawing from programming language semantics, type theory, mathematical logic, theorem proving and quantum computing with the goal of applying these techniques to security properties for real-world-problems.  His work in this area has been pioneering and he is widely seen as a leader in the field of language-based security.

The Schlein Family President’s Distinguished Professorship was established in 2015 with the support of University Trustee and Penn Engineering advisor Theodore E. Schlein, C’86, PAR’20.


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