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A leading researcher of bio-based fuels and lubricants, who happens to be on campus in State College, helped pave the way.
Multiple initiatives are doing well to support and grow STEM accessibility in K-12, but one college administrator believes more can be done.
It helps keep 1,000 faculty and staff and some 300 students working on big things.
New bike lanes, tree plantings and composting are just a few.
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute aims to transform industry and keep PA schools and businesses on the leading edge.
In less than two years, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania intiative has created six revenue-generating startups.
Researchers led at Penn State have honed techniques for detecting, counting and analyzing cells and pieces of DNA, a major development for scientists and doctors looking for a way to detect cancer or HIV cells in a small sample. Read more
State College Borough is among those cashing in by keeping food out of the trash.
The 125-year old Blair County company is compressing waste from paper production into a fuel source that would reduce coal use by PA manufacturers.
Across PA, advances in nanotechnology are developing devices that depend on particles many times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.
Businesses, town officials and Bucknell U. are leading several development initiatives that are transforming the bucolic Central PA town.
Students, faculty and aspiring entrepreneurs within earshot of Penn State are invited to build great technology in the state's newest incubator.
A Central PA radio show examines the school's global influence on sustainability.
Last year's badge was among the most popular, unlocked by a then-record 28,0000 users.
VP of Research Hank Foley says the school will no longer pursue intellectual property ownership related to industry-funded research, an announcement buried by the Sandusky case.
Shop online and local with a host of talented creators from Gettysburg to Pittston selling art, furniture, toys, jewelry and geekery.
Mark Group and Sun Run came from the U.K. and California, respectively, and are aiming to save Pennsylvanians money on their energy bills.
Eliminated with budget cuts in 2009, the summer program for promising math and science students could be revived by its many successful alumni, who have already raised $100,000.
Only Alaska has more streams than Pennsylvania. Environmental concerns and public health are at the heart of a broad swath of innovation, entrepreneurship and new technology focused on water.
It's easier for people in Pennsylvania to recycle and they can recycle more materials than they could a few years ago. That turns into great news for people who make a living turning old things into new.
The professor, along with a trio of IUP students, is helping give a second life to the many untold contributions of black soldiers in the Civil
War through a virtual reality tool and old-fashioned re-enactment.
As part of a research project, a group of University of Pittsburgh students toured a Washington County well site to better understand the business factors involved.
A little more than two years old, Mission Critical Partners helps keep the people who keep us safe connected to the devices, information and systems that help them get the job done no matter what kind of unseen interference stands in their way.
Sustainability, social media and new ideas are pushing Pennsylvania's tourism industry in new directions, many of which will be on display for the statewide Together for Tourism summit March 14-16 in Harrisburg.
The energy and marketing veteran is focused on demand response innovation from a growing company straddling Silicon Valley and PJM Interconnect territory in Southeastern PA. Time is running out to save cash and electricity for institutional customers in the coming year.
It's not everyday that a college student engineers a product that could help billions of people around the world. But for this Penn State grad's small cook stove, the promise is big.
As we put away our Terrible Towels for the season, Pennsylvania's social media and environmental victories last week were super in their own right, setting a new bar for Foursquare and for sustainable cheerleading, respectively.
Sustainable farming has all but gone mainstream in PA as State College plays host to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's annual Farming for the Future Conference this week.
A new device developed and made in PA that retails for $48 could help stem the country's annual wasting of more than $10 billion in electricity due to appliances being left on or in standby mode. It also further cements the state's leadership in energy efficiency.
This small town (population 812) in rural Union County has built community support and made significant progress in its three-year quest to save energy and eventually produce its own.
It's not about that warm, fuzzy feeling left over from a successful service mission, but rather about 'co-creating,' according to these Nittany Lions who are tackling societal woes with entrepreneurial discipline.
Translational research is the focus of a grant that is helping more than a dozen small- to mid-sized colleges in Central PA move innovation from the lab to the marketplace.
After years of teaming up for internationally recognized rocketry success and a meeting with President Obama, Penn Manor High School grads Jordan Franssen and Nate Bernhardt take their next steps separately, but with equal promise.
A chance meeting meeting while waiting tables in Washington, D.C., has led Ian Smith on an improbable path back to his native Erie County, where he is selling solar across the western part of PA, including his childhood home.
The energy sector has thrust Pennsylvania back into the national spotlight, and while mid-term elections have many caught in a partisan posture, it's impossible to ignore the state's recent energy development achievements and the need to keep them in the forefront.
Here's a compilation of some of those photos that capture the people who
are moving Pennsylvania forward every day. They're as diverse as the
industries and towns in which they work, but they all look good to us.
Small but ambitious Malvern startup Recro Pharma represents the changing face of the state's bioscience industry, on full display for next week's Biotech 2010, an annual symposium hosted by Pennsylvania Bio.
The consortium of 12 prominent economic development and business assistance organizations she oversees has helped young PA companies pull in $18M in federal Small Business Innovation Research grants, accelerating technology commercialization statewide.
The Hershey native is among those in Central PA modifying the genetic structure of plants that alternative energy proponents hope will be cultivated here and be converted to fuel.
The Luzerne County resident is part of a team that has developed a potentially game-changing computer security platform and is intent on adding Hazleton to the technology boom in Northeastern PA.
You can get your kicks on Route 66, but can you get collectible glass pieces or award-winning sculpture made of man-made disposables? The PA Artisan Trails have turned well-traveled routes into prime creative space, enriching artists, tourists and local economies.
The next big thing in solar technology just may be germinating inside labs in Lancaster and State College, where researchers are tweaking nanotechnology to cut the costs and boost the efficiency of solar panels.
He's not even 30 and has already done more in his career than most entrepreneurs hope to accomplish in a lifetime. The Penn State graduate has developed technology and served as a thought leader to create more energy efficient buildings.
She connects legislators, companies and resources to better utilize technology across Pennsylvania, and her job is becoming increasingly more important as government and industry
look to get leaner and more efficient.
Disposal of wastewater is among the chief concerns that various companies and local governments are dealing with in Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling, and they're coming up with groundbreaking solutions that can help the environment and their bottom line.
He has quietly worked to build interest in biotech in Central PA, and now he and area students and faculty will have a place to conduct serious biofuels research and give Pennsylvania several renewable energy solutions.
Enrollment of international students is at an all-time high for PA schools thanks to numerous efforts from institutions across the state to attract them. The goal is to offer a world-class college experience for everyone on campus.
As co-founder of the State College firm producing software that analyzes DNA sequencing, this biotech veteran has stayed in front of the rapidly developing sequencing and genomics services market.
Electing politicians is big business in Pennsylvania. Fewer donations mean campaigns are working overtime and those aspiring to careers in politics must be passionate and wear many hats.
The wind energy giant's latest addition is charged with developing its operations in Pennsylvania and beyond, including the deployment of its new G-90 turbines, which can each power more than 500 homes.
It is attracting all kind of players, protecting open space and
providing potential revenue streams for the recreation industry, and PA
has helped spread the sport up and down the East Coast.
With 10 patents, Ed Dougherty is one of Pennsylvania's most dynamic sports inventors, and his robotic WaveCam allows teams to capture video from every conceivable angle.
Malathy Nair left her career with a large food manufacturer to form Better Bowls, and she is trying to convince shoppers that her all-natural instant puddings and gelatin mixes are healthier and tastier.
The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center is helping ideas survive with funding, resources and talent throughout the state, creating innovation that would otherwise wither away.
The state’s once dominant coal industry looks to reinvent itself and become more viable as alternative energy gains momentum.
For those seeking a heaping slice of Pennsylvania, the annual PA Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural event in the country, serves it up. This year’s show, the 94th annual edition, ran from Jan. 9-16 at the sprawling Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
It took 40 years for the telephone to find its place in a doctor's office. Email hasn't taken that long, and Pittsburgh pediatrician Paul Rosen is among many throughout PA who are working to modernize communications in healthcare, with or without reform.
Various studies indicate higher education impacts PA to the tune of tens of billions of dollars every year. We found the industry continues to evolve across the state in ways as varied as the institutions themselves in our higher education progress report.
With vast natural beauty and historic cities and towns, PA makes for pretty fertile ground for photographers. Our shooters captured some of the state's finest visions in the last year, gift-wrapped in this holiday slideshow.
From Hegins to Hershey and hydrogen to healthcare, our list of PA's most compelling companies is as diverse as it is promising. They not only survived the recession, they thrived.
A year of challenges brought out our best, and PA seems positioned for a competitive future focused on renewable energy and a more efficient private industry and government.
Innovators, game-changers and risk-takers make up our list of the year's most interesting and successful story subjects, from downtown York to Greater Scranton and from video games to medical school.
With apologies to Kermit, it is easy being green in Pennsylvania, where our photographers chronicled the rapid development of green technology, companies and products throughout 2009.
Clergy across multiple denominations are preaching green ideology alongside their respective religious beliefs, hoping to inspire environmntally responsible behavior at home and in churches and synogogues throughout PA.
As Geisinger Health System in rural Danville has garnered national attention for its efficiency and patient care, one woman has helped form and shape its innovation through its corporate venture arm, Geisinger Ventures.
At Penn State's Student Space Programs Laboratory, student innovators
are working on projects that could power future space programs--or
revolutionize emerging earth-bound industries like solar and satellite
Formerly known by microbrew snobs as "The Wasteland of Good Beer," the
whistlestop city of Williamsport and its surrounding Lycoming County
have suddenly become the state's hippest spots to quaff a hoppy IPA.
Here's how it all went down.
As research universities across the Commonwealth focus more resources
on innovation and industries, they're getting savvy about how to turn
laboratory and classroom ideas into cutting-edge technology companies.
President-elect Obama has announced plans for massive infrastructure
investment, and scientists and engineers across the Commonwealth have
taken note. As concern over our crumbling infrastructure grows, researchers
at Penn State are hoping for a chance to show what they can do.