In response to industry demand for experts in the rapidly expanding field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master's degrees in Additive Manufacturing and Design beginning in fall 2017.
Erick Froede, a 2010 (BS) and 2013 (MS) mechanical engineering graduate, received the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society's (PSMES) 2017 Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award.
Audey receives inaugural PSNES Early Career Award
April 5, 2017
Michael Audey, a 2010 graduate with degrees in mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received the inaugural Penn State Nuclear Engineering Alumni Society's Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award.
MOOSE workshop draws attendees from academia, industry
April 4, 2017
A training workshop for the Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) held in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department drew 45 attendees from academia and industry to the Reber Building on the University Park campus recently.
Five undergraduate students recognized for excellence
March 24, 2017
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering held its spring Senior Recognition Reception and Banquet to honor its outstanding mechanical and nuclear engineering students.
Andrew Bieniawski named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus
March 27, 2017
Andrew Bieniawski ('89 NucE), has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.
Maureen Dougherty named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna
March 27, 2017
Maureen Dougherty ('80 ME), has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna by the Penn State College of Engineering.
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Alexander Rattner will research ways to increase the efficiency of power generation and other energy intensive processes by expanding knowledge of how heat is transferred during boiling and condensation, thanks to a highly selective National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) award.
When classes conclude this spring, two Penn State mechanical engineering students will join the growing ranks of those that have helped export cutting-edge engineering communication from University Park to China.
Rui Ni, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Fluid Transport Lab at Penn State, has been awarded a selective National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) award to further understanding of the behavior of deformable liquid droplets or gas bubbles in turbulent flow, the most common state of fluid motion in nature, yet the least understood.
Leonhard Center speakers practice art and science of audience engagement
February 14, 2017
In today's visual, audible, engaged world, engineering is not a behind-the-scenes profession. Engineers are increasingly personally presenting their work and ideas across mediums and engaging a broad spectrum of audiences. In support of that reality, six of Penn State's best undergraduate speakers squared off and gave their most engaging 10-minute presentations February 2.
The Volvo Group will fund a new research project from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State as a result of its participation in Innovation Gateway, an open innovation tool launched by the University in the fall of 2016.
Research in focus through Vizzies competition
Feb 3, 2017
The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department challenged its graduate students to share images of their research with the department through a competition this winter.
Michael Tonks named Presidential Early Career Award winner
January 23, 2017
Michael Tonks, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering at Penn State, has been selected by U.S. President Barack Obama to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
Andrew Bellows, a junior mechanical engineering student, helped deliver a three-day short course on additive manufacturing hosted by the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State and supported by the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Penn State University was awarded $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to create intelligent vehicle networks that reduce the fuel used by trucks and other heavy vehicles by up to 20 percent.
Joseph E. Shepherd, the C. L. "Kelly" Johnson Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, delivered the 2016 Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State December 1.
The U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office has awarded Donghai Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, a $1.1 million grant to develop a new lithium-ion conductor for the protection of lithium metal used in next-generation battery technologies for electric vehicles.
Sukwon Choi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was just awarded the prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator award to conduct thermal and mechanical investigation of ultra-wide bandgap materials and devices.
Researchers at Penn State, the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company have developed methods to control defects in two-dimensional materials, such as graphene, that may lead to improved membranes for water desalination, energy storage, sensing or advanced protective coatings.
Catherine Berdanier, a research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, and two colleagues recently accepted the Hayhoe Fellow Award at the IEEE ProComm 2016 International Professional Communication Conference in Austin, Texas.
The head of Siemens USA told an audience of Penn State students to expect the worldwide pace of innovation to increase rapidly in the next decade and bring changes yet unimagined along with it. He also told them they will need the right skills to be part of it.
Partha Mishra, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, and his faculty advisor, Hosam Fathy, co-authored the paper, "Can Photovoltaic Energy Storage Systems Be Self-Balancing?"
Exelon Corporation has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.
Talen Energy Corporation has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.
Four Penn State students awarded American Nuclear Society Scholarships
September 19, 2016
Four Penn State nuclear engineering students have been awarded 2016 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Scholarships.
Ounaies named associate head for administration in MNE
Sept. 7, 2016
Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the associate head for administration of the mechanical and nuclear engineering department.
College names new associate deans
George Lesieutre and Chris Rahn have been appointed to associate dean positions in the College of Engineering at Penn State.
IE student and Schreyer Scholar Carolyn Riegel helped the jet engine manufacturer streamline its assembly line during a summer internship.
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering welcomes new faculty
August 11, 2016
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University is pleased to announce that eight new faculty members have joined the department. In pursuit of its goal to be recognized as a worldwide leader in exceptional academic programs in mechanical and nuclear engineering, the department is continuing to vigorously seek out and hire some of the very best and brightest young faculty.
Emeritus Distinguished Professor Kenneth Kuo is Remembered
August 4, 2016
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kenneth K. Kuo, an internationally recognized authority on chemical propulsion and propellant combustion, has died. Professor Kuo retired from Penn State in 2011 after serving 39 years, most notably as a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and director of the High Pressure Combustion Laboratory.
A new center at Penn State is bringing together experts from across the University in an effort to enhance the safety performance of existing nuclear power plants and promote safety design features for future advanced reactors in the United States and around the globe.
Penn State researchers have received a two-year, $277,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will support fundamental research on an integrated paradigm of modeling and advanced control for additive manufacturing (AM) of critical metal components.
Jessica Menold was selected as one of three winners at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) USA 2016.
Michael Tonks, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State, is one of two recipients of the 2015 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Materials Science & Technology Division's (MSTD) Special Achievement Award.
Alex Rattner, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a 2016 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science.
In 2008, United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced a peaceful civilian nuclear energy program and four years later it became the first country in 27 years to start constructing its first reactor.
Matt Woods founded X Material Processing last summer while still a mechanical engineering student at Penn State. By the time he graduated in December, his company was an LLC.
Every day, many industries, including those in the water, energy and health sectors, have to deal with unwanted liquid-surface interactions. For instance, sticky liquid droplets condensed on heat exchangers of a desalination plant will affect the water collection efficiency, or liquids that adhere to the surface of a lens will affect the visibility of an endoscope during medical operations.
When the Simula School of Research and Innovation (SSRI) invited Michael Alley to teach a communications course to graduate students in 2003, he had no idea what to expect.
The Ford Motor Company has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.
Mechanical and nuclear engineering students presented their capstone design projects in two showcase events. The showcases are the culmination of a semester-long effort by student teams to solve real-world problems posed by industry sponsors.
Arthur Motta, professor and chair of nuclear engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and professor of materials science and engineering, was awarded the 2014 William J. Kroll Zirconium Medal from the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) International.
The Phillips 66 Company has pledged $37,500 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.
Jack Brenizer, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, is retiring on July 1.
Bechtel, one of the world's most respected global engineering, construction, and project management firms, has donated $25,000 toward development of the E-Knowledge Commons project in Penn State's College of Engineering.
Each year, the College of Engineering honors faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service. The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) sponsors these awards. For 2016, two faculty members in mechanical and nuclear engineering were honored for their contributions to research and teaching.
Three students from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering's May 6 spring commencement. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
Ed Auslander ('85 ME) and Donald Moul ('87 NucE) have been named recipients of the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering. Established in 1966, the award recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement.
Daniel Ruth and Elaine Sung are among dozens of undergraduates who have been selected to discuss their research with their peers and state legislators during the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol (URC-PA) event April 5 in Harrisburg.
For the last five years, Penn State students in the Engineering Leadership Development (ELD) minor have worked to alleviate this by designing and building a baobab-processing machine as their minor capstone project.
Alan Thrift, a 2011 mechanical engineering alumnus received the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society (PSMES) 2016 Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award. This award, in its second year, recognizes a high achieving mechanical engineering alumnus who is within 10 years of his or her terminal degree.
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering held its spring Senior Recognition Reception and Banquet to honor its outstanding mechanical and nuclear engineering students. Dr. Karen Thole, department head, mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Dr. Arthur Motta, program chair, nuclear engineering, presented awards to five students for their exceptional achievements.
Vijay Dhir, Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently spoke to mechanical and nuclear engineering faculty and students as part of the Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series.
Jacqueline O'Connor was selected as the recipient of the Irvin Glassman Young Investigator Award and Lecturer from the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute. As the awardee, she gave the Irvin Glassman Lecture at the Spring Technical Meeting on March 13-16.
Aman Haque, professor of mechanical engineering, was one of three recipients of funding through the College of Engineering's ENGineering for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ENGINE) grant program for his project "Powering the Internet of Things."
Penn State researchers have released a roadmap that is designed to offer a strategy for building the fundamental knowledge necessary to accelerate the design and application of additive manufacturing (AM) materials over the next 10 years.
Nuclear power is an important energy source in the U.S. and around the world and is essential as a clean energy to reduce current carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, many people feel the risk of nuclear accidents does not outweigh the benefits associated with nuclear energy.
The FirstEnergy Foundation has contributed $75,000 to support the construction of a lobby area within the new E-Knowledge Commons in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department.
College presents students with an overwhelming number of decisions and opportunities, all of which can have an impact on the rest of their professional lives. Having someone to talk to, especially someone who was once in the same place, can have a profound impact on student success and navigating career goals.
The mechanical and nuclear engineering department realized that faculty were spending a lot of time answering academic-related questions for undergraduate students. The faculty would spend time researching answers to questions that the Undergraduate Programs Office was actually much better equipped to deal with, such as course requirements, scheduling and graduation.
Flaska awarded summer fellowship in Israel
Marek Flaska, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, was selected for the Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel. He will spend two weeks, from May 28 through June 7, traveling to universities and institutes around Israel.
Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, and her research on origami-inspired structures for medicine and space exploration are highlighted in an educational video series produced by NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Karen Thole, professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State, will be honored with the 2016 Edwin F. Church Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Ounaies named ASME Fellow
Zoubeida Ounaies, Dorothy Quiggle Career Developmental Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Mechanical engineering graduate student Jessica Menold is part of a team of engineers working to make prosthetics more accessible in developing countries. The group recently received the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant from the German Federal Ministry from Economic Affairs and Energy, which will allow them to officially launch their start-up company Amparo.
The bi-annual College of Engineering Leonhard Center Speaking Contest was held Jan. 27, in the Kern Graduate Building Auditorium on the University Park campus of Penn State. The contest provides a platform for undergraduate engineering students to present engineering solutions to societal problems.
Westinghouse Electric Company and the nuclear engineering program at Penn State have been collaborating for many years to offer nuclear engineering undergraduate students a distinctive and extremely valuable senior capstone research experience.
Bo Cheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter "range anxiety" for electric vehicle owners, according to a team of researchers from Penn State and EC Power, State College.o
Seong Kim, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and engineering, and Zoubeida Ounaies, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded a $695,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to develop a new class of low-density energy materials.
A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a number of chemical and biological species from gaseous, liquid or solid samples. This combination of slippery surface and laser-based spectroscopy will open new applications in analytical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, environmental monitoring and national security.
Researchers in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center are working to make the lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries we use everyday safer by inserting sensors to warn users of potential problems inside the battery.
Kathryn Jablokow, associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering design, was recognized by OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com (OEP) as one of five influential engineering professors teaching online in 2015.
Bruce Logan, Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering and Evan Pugh University Professor, and Chao-Yang Wang, William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and materials engineering, were recently named to Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list.
For Spring 2016, mechanical engineering faculty saw an opportunity to add value to the junior design course by asking students to engage with other students throughout the community and to rethink their idea of a product. The new format also puts 3D printing front and center.
Lighting the way after a natural disaster
Penn State mechanical engineering juniors Emily Burke and Joe Consoli were part of a team that took first place in the 2015 MDX+PSU+US Innovation Challenge.
Abdullah Al Kindi was named the student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering fall commencement ceremony on December 19. Al Kindi will receive concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in nuclear engineering and civil engineering.
Dan Haworth, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed to Penn Stateâ€™s Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCCI) executive committee.
Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named the associate department head for graduate studies in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department. Her new position will be effective January 1, 2016.
The Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory received $2.5 million as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN II) program. Penn State is working as a subcontractor with Pratt & Whitney.
A campaign to raise funds for a collaborative space for mechanical and nuclear engineering students is off to a strong start thanks to support from industry partners and alumni.
Tasting food relies on food volatiles moving from the back of the mouth to the nasal cavity, but researchers have wondered why airflow doesn't carry them in the other direction, into the lungs. Now a team of engineers, using a 3D printed model of the human airway from nostril to trachea, has determined that the shape of the airway preferentially transfers volatiles to the nasal cavity and allows humans to enjoy the smell of good food.
Scott W. Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin, recently spoke to mechanical and nuclear engineering faculty and students as part of the Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series.
Hybrid electric vehicles, cell phones, digital cameras, and the Mars Curiosity rover are just a few of the many devices that use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Now a team of Penn State researchers has a simple mathematical formula to predict what factors most influence lithium-ion battery aging.
Jack Brenizer, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, will receive the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Presidential Citation. The award recognizes his dedication and extensive service to ANS.
Alumnus Naren Gursahaney Named Alumni Fellow
Naren Gursahaney, a 1983 mechanical engineering alumnus, was one of 19 Penn State graduates honored as an Alumni Fellow in a ceremony held Oct. 21 at Penn State's University Park campus.
Zong He, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at the University of Michigan, recently spoke to mechanical and nuclear engineering faculty and students as part of the Lawrence E. Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture Series.
One day soon, thanks to a team of researchers that includes Penn State students and faculty, a robot a lot like Pixar's memorable Wall-E could arrive on your street and empty your trash bins while you sleep.
Hosam Fathy, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Bryant Early Career Professorship in Engineering.
Tak-Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the Wormley Family Early Career Professorship in Engineering.
Penn State's Steady Thermal Aero Research Turbine (START) Laboratory has signed a six-year, $5 million agreement with the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to continue work on improving turbine efficiencies.
Alice Cunha da Silva, a nuclear engineering student at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won first place in the Nuclear Olympiad competition, an international nuclear competition promoted by the World Nuclear University. In 2014, she studied nuclear engineering for a year at Penn State through the Science Without Borders program.
Each year, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) sponsors scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in nuclear engineering. The society's goal is to help students complete their post-high school education and prepare for careers in nuclear science and technology. This year six Penn State nuclear engineering students received scholarships.
During the fall semester, Penn State holds the Fall Career Days at the Bryce Jordan Center. This event is an opportunity for employers to come to campus and meet with students to talk about internships, co-ops, or jobs. Students have the chance to talks face-to-face with employers, learn about career paths, and make connections.
Karen Thole, professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State, will be honored with the George Westinghouse Gold Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Chad Durrant, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate and Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellow, was chosen for the highly competitive Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (LGSP) (formerly the Lawrence Scholar Program). The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California runs the LGSP, which grants appointments to top doctoral students to conduct research in the LLNL for up to four years while completing their doctoral thesis.
Two Penn State students were selected to participate in the Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation that took place in Washington D.C. July 4-11. The delegation included seventeen students from around the United States.
Susan Eisenhower, CEO and chairman of The Eisenhower Group, Inc. and granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will speak at the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor 60th anniversary event on August 18.
In early June, Penn State hosted representatives from Volvo Group Trucks Technology and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) to explore an east coastâ€”west coast collaboration around intelligent commercial vehicle research.
Eric Marsh, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the associate head for undergraduate programs in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department. This position coordinates the activities of the departmentâ€™s undergraduate office, including international experiences, undergraduate research, curricula, and student advising.
Johnathon Koglin was chosen for the highly competitive Livermore Graduate Scholar Program (formerly the Lawrence Fellowship Program). The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California runs the Livermore Graduate Scholar Program, which grants appointments to top doctoral students to conduct research in the LLNL for up to four years while completing their thesis.
Rahn named associate head for administration
Chris Rahn, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named the associate head for administration in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department. This is a new position that will play a key role in the development of early career faculty. Rahn will be responsible for coordinating faculty searches, mentoring new faculty, coordinating faculty award nominations, and assisting with inquiries about potential research opportunities.
Luis Ocampo Giraldo, a third year doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, received a 2015 GEM PhD Fellowship. The fellowship will provide him with full tuition and a stipend to complete his graduate work at Penn State as well as a paid summer internship. His internship with Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer is in the area of nuclear security.
Three hundred mechanical and nuclear engineering students received baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering's spring commencement exercises on May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center, 253 in mechanical engineering and 47 in nuclear engineering.
Gary Settles, James Brasseur, and Domenic Santavicca will retire this summer.
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of five faculty members with one member also receiving tenure. These faculty demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Their efforts have contributed to the success of the Department, College and Penn State.
Juls Kralik, administrative coordinator in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department, received the 2015 University Park Outstanding Office Professional Award (OOPA).
Stephen Lynch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a three-year grant through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP).
Mechanical and nuclear engineering students presented their capstone design projects in two showcase events. The showcases are the culmination of a semester-long effort by student teams to solve real-world problems posed by industry sponsors.
Ran Yi, a fourth year doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, received the Alumni Association Dissertation Award from the Graduate School.
Arthur Motta, professor and chair of nuclear engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, and professor of materials science and engineering, was awarded the 2015 Mishima Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
Luis Ocampo Giraldo, a third year doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 Council of College Multicultural Leadership Way Paver Student Award. The Way Pavers Awards were established in 2011 to honor those who have contributed to supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.
Engineering teams are going global
Designing a real-world solution for a real-world problem is the culminating experience for engineering students at Penn State. As part of the capstone design class, students work in teams to solve issues put forth by industry sponsors. Since 2010, mechanical engineering students can choose to work with students from around the world.
Tim Buzza ('86 BS ME, '87 MS ME), and Stephen Trautman ('86 BS NucE) have been named recipients of the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering. Established in 1966, the award recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement.
Four students from the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering during spring commencement. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.
Birgitt Boschitsch, doctoral student in mechanical engineering, received a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF fellowship program is an extremely competitive program that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees in science and engineering.
The Adaptive Structures and Material Systems (ASMS) branch of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers awards two best paper awards each year. For 2015 both awards went to faculty and students in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State.
Karen Thole, department head, mechanical and nuclear engineering, envisions a space in Reber Building for engineering students to get together to work on projects, access technology for homework, or collaborate on research. Other than two small computer labs there has never been a place in the building for students to get work done between classes or meet with teammates to discuss group projects in the evening.
Danielle Zurovcik ('04 M E) received the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society (PSMES) 2015 Outstanding Early Career Engineering Award. Zurovcik, is the inaugural recipient of the award, which recognizes a high achieving mechanical engineering alumnus who is within 10 years of his or her terminal degree.
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering held its spring Senior Recognition Reception and Banquet to honor its outstanding mechanical and nuclear engineering students. Karen Thole, department head, mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Arthur Motta, program chair, nuclear engineering, presented awards to six students for exceptional achievements. The guest speaker at the event was Danielle Zurovcik, Penn State alumna and winner of the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Alumni Society 2015 Early Career Award.
Miller and Moore are co-principal investigators on the three-year project titled, "Dynamic Haptic Robotic Training for Central Venous Catheter Insertion."
Jeremy Zinser, senior, nuclear engineering, recently attended the College of Engineeringâ€™s career fair with the goal of finding a job in nuclear engineering. He is slated to graduate this semester and his goal is to work for an energy company, preferably in North Carolina where he is originally from and where the weather might be a bit warmer than it has been in Pennsylvania this year.
Dr. Adri van Duin, associate professor, mechanical engineering, is the inaugural recipient of the Kenneth Kuan-Yun Kuo Early Career Professorship, which was endowed in 2010. Emeritus Professor Kenneth Kuo endowed the professorship to support a Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering faculty member whose research focuses on thermal-fluid sciences with a concentration in propulsion and combustion.
Jacqueline O'Connor, assistant professor, mechanical engineering, was awarded a three-year grant through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).
It's All About M.E. recently received a Diversity Action Grant from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). Itâ€™s All About M.E. is a student group working to create a strong community of women in engineering. Lola Buonomo, the group leader, is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and she is passionate about bringing more women into the program.