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Jacqueline O'Connor receives Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineer Award from ASME IGTI
12/05/2017

Jacqueline O'Connor, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) as the 2018 Dilip R. Ballal Early Career Engineer Award winner. The award is intended to honor an individual who has had outstanding accomplishments during the beginning of their career.

Alexander Rattner awarded Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship in Engineering
11/16/2017

Alexander Rattner, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Penn State, was recently named the Dorothy Quiggle Professor in Engineering.

Stephen Lynch awarded Shuman Family Early Career Professorship
11/16/2017

Stephen Lynch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Experimental and Computational Convection Laboratory (ExCCL), Penn State, was recently named the Shuman Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Nuclear engineering alumnus John Wagner named Nuclear S&T associate laboratory director at INL
October 13, 2017

John Wagner has been named associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science & Technology (NS&T) effective Oct. 1.

New partnership brings together career counseling and engineering students
September 21, 2017

When Diandra Prescod began researching the effects of career development programs on student retention in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors nearly five years ago, she was amazed at what she found.

Radiation Science and Engineering Center receives $1 million DOE grant
September 8, 2017

Penn State's Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) has received a grant for $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy's University Infrastructure Grants program. Supplemented with an additional $600,000 in RSEC funds and equipment donations, the award will be used to update the control console and modernize the safety system at the Penn State Breazeale Reactor (PSBR).

Robert Zboray joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September 7, 2017

Robert Zboray has joined the department as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

Matt Rau joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September 7, 2017

Matt Rau has joined the department as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He comes to Penn State from a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow position at the Naval Research Laboratory.

NSF award for Anne Martin to reduce falls of elderly adults
September 7, 2017

Anne Martin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to explore how aspects of the motion of walking can cause a person or bipedal robot to fall and then using her findings, develop a tool that can predict how likely a fall is to occur based on a subject's gait.

Rob Kunz joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September 7, 2017

Robert Kunz has joined the department as a professor of mechanical engineering.

Margaret Byron joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September 7, 2017

Margaret Byron has joined the department as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of California-Berkeley and joins Penn State from a post-doctoral position at the University of California-Irvine.

Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September, 5, 2017

Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado has joined the department as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Azaree Lintereur joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
September 1, 2017

Azaree Lintereur has joined the department as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

Nick Brown joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department
September 1, 2017

Nicholas Brown has joined the department as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

2017 Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity for Karen Thole
August 29, 2017

Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering welcomes eight new faculty members
August 23, 2017

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is pleased to announce that eight new faculty members have joined the department. The department continues to vigorously seek out and hire the best and brightest young faculty in pursuit of its goal to be recognized as a worldwide leader in exceptional academic and research programs.

Jing Du receives ORAU Award to research composites
August 14, 2017

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jing Du was awarded the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), which she will use to develop an experimental method to measure the properties of polymer-ceramic composites.

Alok Sinha authors book on vibration in periodic structures
August 4, 2017

Professor of mechanical engineering Alok Sinha has recently authored his third book, titled “Vibration of Nearly Periodic Structures and Mistuned Bladed Rotors.”

SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award for Guha Manogharan
July 24, 2017

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Guha Manogharan has been selected to receive the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award for 2017. Created in 1980, is conferred annually to manufacturing engineers age 35 or younger in recognition of significant achievements and leadership in the field of manufacturing engineering as a young engineer.

Marsh appointed Glenn Professor of Engineering Education
June 29, 2017

Eric Marsh, associate head for undergraduate programs in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department and professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed the department’s Arthur L. Glenn Professor of Engineering Education.

Rahn named the J. 'Lee' Everett Professor
June 28, 2017

Chris Rahn, associate dean for innovation and professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed the J. 'Lee' Everett Professor in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department.

Major gift enhances new E-Knowledge Commons student space in Reber Building
June 21, 2017

Alumnus Naren Gursahaney and his wife, Judy, have made a transformational $500,000 gift to fund the very heart of the E-Knowledge Commons, a new student-centered collaborative space set to open this fall in the Reber Building.

Karen Thole nominated to the Board of Governors of ASME
June 20, 2017

Karen Thole, distinguished professor and department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been chosen as a governor-nominee of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers Board of Governors; her term will begin in July 2018.

Cayla Castells wins Women in Engineering Program Joelle Award
June 16, 2017

Penn State Women in Engineering Program has named Cayla Castells, a mechanical engineering junior, the 2017 recipient of the Joelle Award.

Mechanical engineering professor Horacio Perez-Blanco to retire in June
May 24, 2017

Horacio Perez-Blanco, a professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State for 27 years, will retire at the end of June.

Yetter named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
May 16, 2017

Richard Yetter was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Curtis Stimpson receives Alumni Association Dissertation Award
April 26, 2017

Curtis Stimpson, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, received a 2017 Alumni Association Dissertation Award from the Graduate School. Stimpson was recognized and received his medal at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Recognition Program April 18.

Mechanical engineering student receives 2017 Achieving Women Award
April 20, 2017

Mechanical engineering undergraduate Nicole Gallegor received the 2017 Achieving Women Award from the Penn State Commission for Women.

Three mechanical and nuclear engineering students named marshals for 2017 commencement
April 17, 2017

Three students in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for the College of Engineering’s May 5 spring commencement. College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

New additive manufacturing and design master's degrees to be offered in fall 2017
April 7, 2017

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.

Froede named 2017 PSMES Outstanding Early Career Award winner
April 5, 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.

Rattner receives NSF CAREER to increase efficiency of power generation and energy systems
March 17, 2017

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.

Undergraduates help Chinese learn latest in engineering communication
March 17, 2017

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.

Ni selected for an NSF CAREER to explore deformable particle dynamics in turbulence
March 1, 2017

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.

Volvo funds research in energy efficient vehicles through Innovation Gateway
February 6, 2017

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 Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering 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).

Mechanical engineering student glides through summer helping with 3-D printing class
January 3, 2017

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 awarded $3 million by ARPA-E for transformational energy technology research
Dec. 7, 2016

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.

Hochreiter Distinguished Lecture focuses on Fukushima
Dec. 2, 2016

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.

Lithium-ion batteries for next generation electric vehicles
Nov 30, 2016

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.

Choi receives Air Force Young Investigator grant to explore ultra-wide bandgap technology
Oct. 31, 2016

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.

Simulations show how to turn graphene's defects into assets
Oct. 19, 2016

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.

Berdanier, colleagues earn Hayhoe Award at IEEE conference
Oct. 7, 2016

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.

Siemens CEO tells PSU students they can be part of exciting new innovation
Oct. 6, 2016

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.

New approach for storing energy could make solar farms less costly
Oct. 5, 2016

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 gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
9/29/2016

Exelon Corporation has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.

Talen Energy Corporation gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
9/23/2016

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
8/12/2016

George Lesieutre and Chris Rahn have been appointed to associate dean positions in the College of Engineering at Penn State.

Penn State engineering student broadens horizons with GE Aviation
9/1/2016

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.

Global Nuclear Power Safety (GNPS) Center established at Penn State
07/07/2016

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.

NSF grant to create dynamic model for advanced manufacturing of metal components
06/28/2016

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.

Mechanical engineering graduate student wins national innovation showcase
06/22/2016

Jessica Menold was selected as one of three winners at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) USA 2016.

American Nuclear Society honors Tonks for nuclear fuel performance codes
06/20/2016

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.

Mechanical engineering's Alex Rattner named 2016 Howes Scholar
06/17/2016

Alex Rattner, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been named a 2016 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science.

Khalifa University nuclear engineering students get a glimpse of Penn State's nuclear reactor
06/06/2016

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.

Penn State grad Matt Woods is printing possibilities as a CEO
05/31/2016

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.

Tak-Sing Wong recognized for work in bioinspired synthetic materials
05/26/2016

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.

Penn Staters teach international course on communicating scientific research
05/25/2016

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.

Ford Motor Company gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
04/29/2016

The Ford Motor Company has pledged $25,000 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.

Mechanical and nuclear engineering students showcase capstone design projects
04/29/2016

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.

Motta recognized for contributions in zirconium metallurgy
04/29/2016

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.

Phillips 66 Company gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
04/29/2016

The Phillips 66 Company has pledged $37,500 to name a space within the E-Knowledge Commons.

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Professor Brenizer to retire this summer
04/27/2016

Jack Brenizer, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, is retiring on July 1.

Bechtel gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project
04/26/2016

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.

Students take advantage of the many career and networking opportunities at Penn State
09/17/2015

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.

Nuclear engineering students travel to D.C. to learn about policy
08/11/2015

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 to speak at Breazeale Nuclear Reactor 60th anniversary event
08/10/2015

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.

Penn State discusses intellegent vehicle research collaboration with Volvo Group and University of California at Berkeley
07/17/2015

In early June, Penn State hosted representatives from Volvo Group Trucks Technology and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) to explore an east coast—west coast collaboration around intelligent commercial vehicle research.

Marsh named associate head for undergraduate programs
06/04/2015

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 department’s undergraduate office, including international experiences, undergraduate research, curricula, and student advising.

Rahn named associate head for administration
06/03/2015

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.

Five Faculty Members in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Advance at Penn State: Fathy, Jovanovic, Michaleris, Ounaies, and van Duin
05/13/2015

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.

MNE staff member recognized for exceptional service
05/13/2015

Juls Kralik, administrative coordinator in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department, received the 2015 University Park Outstanding Office Professional Award (OOPA).

Mechanical and nuclear engineering students showcase capstone design projects
05/07/2015

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.

Engineering teams are going global
04/20/2015

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.

MNE students and faculty receive best paper awards
04/03/2015

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.

Second start gives nuclear engineering student opportunity to change his life path
02/19/2015

Jeremy Zinser, senior, nuclear engineering, recently attended the College of Engineering’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.

Student group It's All About M.E. Receives ASME Diversity Action Grant
01/29/2015

It's All About M.E. recently received a Diversity Action Grant from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). It’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.

 
 

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519