student in combustion lab

Energy Systems

We are making significant advances in the way we power our homes, vehicles, and infrastructure.

Batteries and fuel cells are two areas of particular strength for our faculty. Through the Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center faculty and students work with advanced materials used to manufacture batteries as well as energy storage systems. Our faculty and students also have strong research in power generation and propulsion. These labs range from large-scale combustion and turbomachinery facilities to computational facilities for wind energy research or atomistic and system level simulations.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Battery and Energy Storage Technology Lab
Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center

Hosam Fathy, Chris Rahn, Chao-Yang Wang, Donghai Wang

Computational Reacting Flows Lab
Computational Reacting Flows Lab
Yuan Xuan

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Zoubeida Ounaies

Electrochemical Engine Lab
Electrochemical Engine Center

Chao-Yang Wang

Energy Nanostructure Lab
Energy Nanostructure Lab

Donghai Wang

Fluid Transport Lab
Fluid Transport Lab

Rui Ni

Mechanics and Materials Lab
Mechanics and Materials Lab

Jing Du

Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy
Multiscale Thermal Fluides and Energy Lab
Alex Rattner

Center for Combustion Power and Propulsion Lab
Penn State Center for Combustion, Power, and Propulsion (CCPP)

Dan Haworth (director), Adri van Duin, Jackie O'Connor, Yuan Xuan, Richard Yetter

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab
Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory

Jacqueline O’Connor

Thermal Characterization Lab Image
Thermal Characterization Laboratory
Sukwon Choi

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group
Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group

Steve Lynch, Karen Thole

ExCCL Video
START Lab video
Inspiring Energy Video


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