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Reid Berdanier

Assistant Research Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

147 Cato Park Engineering Building


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  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Syracuse University, 2010
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2012
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2015


Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Ward A. Lambert Teaching Fellowship, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering, August 2014 - May 2015
  • Young Engineering Turbo Expo Participation Award, ASME-IGTI, June 2018
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering, 2015


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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