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Redesigning the risky business of product development
April 19, 2018

Jessica Menold receives grant to improve success of product prototyping

Three uniquely accomplished students to represent MNE as student marshals
April 19, 2018

Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding scholarship and academic achievement.

Five MNE students chosen for prestigious NSF Fellowship
April 12, 2018

Five students who completed their undergraduate education in the Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) have earned a place in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

MNE recognizes outstanding student leaders
April 12, 2018

Gathered in the Gurshaney Family E-Knowledge Commons on March 21, the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at Penn State recognized its outstanding students that have made inspirational impacts in their work. Coupled with the Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) annual meeting, esteemed industry professionals were also in attendance to honor the burgeoning engineers.

ME curriculum changes to prepare students for their careers
April 11, 2018

The faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Program have implemented a new, innovative curriculum that will provide students with a fundamental understanding of both thermal and mechanical analysis using computational modeling.

Human-powered, student-engineered bike to compete in E-Fest
April 9, 2018

At the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's E-Fest to be held April 13-15, this bike will compete in a challenge that pits the students against their counterparts from across the region.

New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries
April 10, 2018

A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers from Penn State and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.

Nuclear detectives: Penn State awarded $1.8 million grant from Department of Defense to improve nuclear forensics
April 9, 2018

Through this research, the U.S. will be better equipped to respond to a nuclear attack. Specifically, if a nuclear weapon is ever discovered or detonated, officials will need to quickly determine its origins to identify the threat actors.

Through NSF CAREER Award, Jacqueline O'Connor to make power generation cleaner and more efficient
April 9, 2018

With a new National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, Jacqueline O'Connor, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at Penn State, is combining her expertise in combustion instability mechanisms and combustion in highly-turbulent environments to provide deeper understanding into an important problem.

Female students 'take over' the Learning Factory on Ladies' Night
April 5, 2018

The sound of whirring band saws, swinging hammers and the screeching of metal being cut filled the air at Penn State's Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory on March 20, the same as any other night. But there was one stark difference.

Student-designed lead vests could protect surgeons, improve patient outcomes
April 5, 2018

Sam Boland, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, became aware of a unique problem in the medical field during a conversation with his uncle. "When doing surgeries with radiation imagery, he told me about how wearing the lead vests can lead to all sorts of orthopedic injuries," Boland explained.

Research impacts of three faculty earn early career professorships
April 4, 2018

Three assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE), Alexander Rattner, Rui Ni, and Stephen Lynch, have all been recognized with early career professorships resulting from their research impacts.

Engineering for humanitarian causes inspires graduate student
April 3, 2018

Anne Pauley was drawn to the Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State. HESE's goal is to aim to encourage different disciplines across the university to create technology-based solutions for the most compelling problems facing humanity today.

Microengineered slippery rough surface for water harvesting from air
April 2, 2018

A slippery rough surface (SRS) inspired by both pitcher plants and rice leaves outperforms state-of-the-art liquid-repellent surfaces in water harvesting applications, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Nuclear entrepreneur earns 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award
March 28, 2018

Kenneth Lindquist, who earned his masters and doctorate from Penn State in nuclear engineering in '67 and '71 respectively, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni.

Quiz [re]design: Rethinking engineering design evaluation
March 26, 2018

Unique design practicum tests first-year engineering students' engineering design process comprehension and application capabilities

MNE professors named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute
March 23, 2018

Daniel Haworth and Richard Yetter, professors of mechanical engineering at Penn State, have been named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute.

Nuclear alumna Suzanne Keenan elected to NERC Board of Trustees
March 23, 2018

Ms. Keenan received a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and master's degree in Health Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her honors include being named Penn State's Nuclear Engineering Outstanding Alumni Lecturer for 1999 and Penn State's Outstanding Engineering Alumna in 2000.

Radiation Science and Engineering Center to test nuclear reactor vessel monitoring device
March 22, 2018

Penn State's Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) and Westinghouse Electric Company have been awarded a $789,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) under the DoE's Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies awards program.

CEO of one of Korea's largest manufacturing firms awarded Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumnus title
March 20, 2018

A testament to his incredible achievements in the manufacturing and automotive industry, Dong-Youn Sohn, president and CEO of Doosan Infracore, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Engineers work to improve customization of orthopedic implants using 3D-printed titanium
March 1, 2018

A team of engineers at Penn State is working to improve the fit and longevity of orthopedic implants by producing the parts out of titanium using additive manufacturing, which allows for more customization than traditional manufacturing techniques.

Mechanical engineering grad among 2018 distinguished alumni
February 28, 2018

Richard J. Riegel earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering in 1985.

Distinguished lecture to feature former ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate
February 21, 2018

Penn State Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and the School of International Affairs enthusiastically welcomes Laura S. H. Holgate, retired ambassador and former special assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director on the National Security Council, for a distinguished lecture titled "Nuclear Security After the Summits" on February 27.

E-Fest at Penn State to draw 1,000 students, ignite innovation
February 21, 2018

E-Fest East, an annual event held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), will provide a venue for engineering students to showcase their innovation, invention, and creativity.

Xiang Yang joins faculty in mechanical engineering
February 16, 2018

In his new position at Penn State, Yang said, "I want to deepen the understanding of wall bounded-turbulence."

Inaugural ExecutiveXcellence Speaker Series features president of Solar Turbines, Inc.
February 13, 2018

Penn State College of Engineering welcomed its first speaker in the new ExecutiveXcellence Speaker Series, Pablo Koziner, president of Solar Turbines, Incorporated, on January 23.

Vizzies Award Ceremony recognizes research, diverse community
January 30, 2018

Inspired by a similar competition held by the National Science Foundation (NSF), graduate students were challenged to submit visually engaging representations of their research.

Rui Ni earns Kuo Early Career Professorship, furthering multiphase flow research
January 29, 2018

Established in 2010, the professorship is designed to foster the success of young and talented faculty members whose research focuses on thermal sciences with application to propulsion, energy, combustion, and the environment.

Mechanical engineering course prepares students for post-grad life
January 24, 2018

Two new classes are being offered in mechanical engineering to help students succeed, inside the workplace and out.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 opened 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.

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.

 
 

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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