About the Department
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. The department's faculty members are actively involved in providing a hands-on education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Our faculty and students engage in cutting-edge research with support from industry and federal agencies. Annual research expenditures are more than $500K per faculty member, per year. Our research programs are especially strong in areas such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.
The department's offices and facilities are located throughout many buildings on campus; department administration resides in the Reber Building. Faculty offices and laboratory facilities can also be found in Hammond, Leonhard, Research East, Engineering Unit E, the High Pressure Combustion Laboratory, NARCO Building in CATO Park and the Radiation Science and Engineering Center.
Our mechanical engineering program continues to be one of the most popular at Penn State. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State's mechanical engineering undergraduate program 17th in the country. In 2017, the graduate program was ranked 15th among the 170 ranked mechanical engineering programs in the U.S.
Our nuclear engineering program is one of the few programs in the country with a working research reactor. Penn State offers undergraduate and graduate students unique opportunities to learn and research in state-of-the-art experimental facilities under the supervision of internationally known faculty. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State's nuclear engineering graduate program 8th in the country.