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Mechanical Sciences

We are transforming materials into devices and systems that make our lives better.

The mechanical sciences area covers a breadth of research related to the fundamental topics of design, mechanics of materials, controls, vibrations, dynamics, mechatronics, robotics, solid mechanics, optimization, and manufacturing. These fundamental topics are being used to improve devices in fields such as biomedical, energy storage, and transportation through theoretical, experimental, and computational research.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Daniel Cortes

Control Optimization Lab
Control Optimization Lab

Hosam Fathy

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Zoubeida Ounaies

Engineering Design and Optimization Group
Engineering Design and Optimization Group

Mary Frecker, Tim Simpson

Experimental Kinematics Lab
eXperimental Kinematics Lab

H. J. Sommer

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group Image
Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

Sean Brennan

Locomotion and biomechanics and control lab
Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab

Bo Cheng

Machine Dynamics Research Group
Machine Dynamics Research Lab

Eric Marsh

Magneto active Composites and Structures Lab
Magneto-Active Composites and Structures Lab

Paris vonLockette

Mechanics and Materials Lab
Mechanics and Materials Lab

Jing Du

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Mechatronics Research Lab

Chris Rahn

nanomechanical systems lab
Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory
Aman Haque

OPEN Design Lab
OPEN Design Lab

Matthew Parkinson

Computational Biomechanics
Penn State Computational Biomechanics Group
Reuben Kraft

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab
Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab

Jason Moore

Engineering Design and Optimization Group Video
Computational Biomechanics Group Video
Precision Medical Design Lab 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