Penn State and University of Auckland announce 2020 joint collaboration projects

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In late 2019, Penn State and the University of Auckland launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to foster collaborative research and educational projects.

The Office of Global Programs has announced that eight projects have been funded and officially will commence in June of this year. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to help shape the direction and future investment in the university collaboration at the level of an institutional partnership and contribute to the universities’ vision and strategic goals. 

“This first round of seed funding highlights the synergies the two universities share,” says Alexandra Persiko, strategic partnerships manager in Global Programs. “It is exciting to see the partnership with the University of Auckland develop and grow, and I fully expect some truly impactful results as we move forward with this round of projects.” 

Funded projects include: 

"New Materials and Electronics for Wearable Energy Harvesting"

  • Penn State lead: Zoubeida Ounaies, mechanical engineering

"A Platform for Advancing Computational Neuromuscular Modelling of Human and Animal Movement"

  • Penn State lead: Jonas Rubenson, kinesiology

"EDGE Collaboration"

  • Penn State lead: Tiffany MacQuarrie, English, Penn State Beaver

"'Invest in People, Literally': The Rise of Income Share Agreements as an Alternative to Student Loans in US Higher Education"

  • Penn State lead: Emily Rosenman, geography

"Redesign of Membrane Proteins for Molecular Selection"

  • Penn State lead: Costas Maranas, chemical engineering

"Aeroacoustics of Ducted UAV Propellers"

  • Penn State lead: Eric Greenwood, aerospace engineering

"Re-Engineering Anaerobic Treatment Processes for Novel Functionalities"

  • Penn State lead: Meng Wang, energy and mineral engineering

"Coupling Low-Cost Sensor Arrays with Micropollutant Analysis for Developing a Robust Surface Water Quality Monitoring Network"

  • Penn State lead: Alandra Kahl, civil and environmental engineering, Penn State Greater Allegheny

For more information, please contact Alexandra Persiko at [email protected] or 814-867-5941.