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Andrew Lau

Associate Professor Emeritus


  • School of Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Engineering Design
  • First-Year Engagement

Research Areas:

Engineering Design; First-Year Engagement

Interest Areas:

Sustainable design, solar energy applications, energy-efficiency in buildings, sustainable building design, computer modeling, engineering ethics




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1977
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1983



  • Scott Horst, Tom Keiter, Andrew S Lau, Marcus Sheffer, Brian Toevs and Bill Reed, 2009, The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability, John Wiley

Journal Articles

  • Andrew S Lau, 2013, "Sustainability for Whom", ASEE Prism
  • Andrew S Lau, 2011, "It Takes An Engineer", ASEE PRISM
  • Andrew S Lau, 2010, "Sustainable Design: A New Paradigm for Engineering Education", International Journal for Engineering Education, 26, (2), pp. 1-8
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Green Design in First-Year Engineering", International Journal of Engineering Education, 23, (2), pp. 276-286
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Luddite With a Laptop", ASEE Prism
  • Michael Deru, Paul Torcellini, Marcus Sheffer and Andrew S Lau, 2005, "Analysis of the Design and Energy Performance of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Cambria Office Building"

Conference Proceedings

  • Andrew S Lau, 2017, "Using Solar Cars to Excite Middle School Students About Engineering", American Solar Energy Society, pp. 10
  • Andrew S Lau, 2016, "Zero Energy Homes: A Comprehensive Project-Based Learning Experience for 21st Century First-Year Engineering Students"
  • Andrew S Lau, 2016, "Sustainability: What’s That, and So What?", pp. 17
  • Andrew S Lau and Alex Devaux, 2013, "Economic Enhancements to a First-Year Net Zero Energy Home Design Project", ASEE 2013 Conference
  • Andrew S Lau, Melissa Marshall, Liz Kisenwether and Tara Sulewski, 2012, "Engineers Make Life Better", First Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference Enhancing the Success of First-year Engineering Students
  • Andrew S Lau and Tara Lynn Sulewski, 2012, "Design of a Zero Energy Home as a First Year Design Project", ASEE 2012 Conference
  • Jodi La Coe, Andrew S Lau, Reggie Aviles, Katarin Parizek and Keith Cummings, 2012, "Green Dorm Projects: Excursions into Interdisciplinary Collaborative Charrettes for Sustainable Design Foundations", National Conference for the Beginning Design Student
  • Andrew S Lau, 2007, "Using Model Solar Racers as an Introduction to Engineering", ASEE 2007 Conference
  • Andrew S Lau, 2006, "Integrating Ethics Into a Research Experience for Undergraduates", International Conference on Engineering Education
  • Andrew S Lau, Tobin Short, Elzabeth Kisenwether and James Fogarty, 2005, "Further Developments In Using Model Solar Racers As An Introduction To Engineering", International Solar Energy Society 2005 Solar World Congress
  • Andrew S Lau, 2004, "Life-Centered Design - A Paradigm for Engineering Education in the 21st Century", ASEE 2004
  • Andrew S Lau, 2003, "Teaching Engineering Ethics to First-Year College Students", Building Ethics into Professionalism

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • Andrew S Lau, 2018, "THE ELEPHANT IN THE (CLASS)ROOM", ASEE Prism, pp. 1


  • Andrew S Lau, , "Green Design in First-Year Engineering", International Journal of Engineering Education, 23, (2)


  • Andrew S Lau, 2015, "Why I teach 'Star Trek' in my class", pp. 1
  • Andrew S Lau, 2004, "Teaching Engineering Ethics to First-Year College Students", Science and Engineering Ethics, 10, (2), pp. 359-368

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Friend of Education Award, State College Area Education Association, 2007 - 2007
  • GE Teaching Excellence Award, GE, 2003 - 2003
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Fellowship, WARF, August 1982 - December 1983


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Co-Organizer, The Great Solar Challenge, KidTech, January 2002



The School of Engineering Design and Innovation delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. The school offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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