student working in the lab

Sensors & Controls

We are working to provide new sensors in monitoring health, energy, and manufacturing.

Our faculty are applying new sensors and developing unique control algorithms to improve many devices, manufacturing processes, and systems. Mathematically describing systems to allow new sensors and controls to be developed requires multi-disciplinary expertise.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Control Optimization Lab
Control Optimization Lab

Hosam Fathy

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Zoubeida Ounaies

Energy Stystems Optimization and Control Lab
Energy Systems Optimization and Control Lab

Stephanie Stockar

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

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

Paris vonLockette

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Mechatronics Research Lab

Chris Rahn

nanomechanical systems lab
Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory
Aman Haque

Nanomechanical Systems Video
Control Optimization Lab Video
Electroactive Materials Characterization 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