The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs.
Penn State’s mechanical engineering curriculum offers many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the profession. From experiential laboratory components to a series of design courses, our program prepares you for entering industry or going on to graduate school. The design component of the curriculum culminates in an industry-sponsored senior design project, in which you'll work in a team to solve a real-world issue. Learn more about what a mechanical engineer does.
Penn State’s nuclear engineering program relates theory to practice in a way that most universities cannot. Penn State is one of the few universities where undergrad students can work with a functioning nuclear reactor. The Breazeale Nuclear Reactor is the longest operating licensed research reactor in the country. Students also gain professional experience with an industry-sponsored project through our capstone design course. Penn State's collaboration with Westinghouse as well as other nuclear companies and agencies, will give you an unmatched educational experience using the simulation and analysis codes currently used in industry. Learn more about what a nuclear engineer does.