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MARIA AVRAMOVA

Adjunct Professor of Nuclear Engineering - North Carolina State

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 231 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-0043

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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ASHOK BELEGUNDU

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 330 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-2115

Personal or Departmental Website

Design Optimization, Nonlinear and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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JACK BRENIZER

EMERITUS PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 138 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6384

Neutron radiography, Neutron activation analysis, Radiation interactions, Radiation detection.

Publications  

 
 
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SEAN BRENNAN

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 157E HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-2430

Personal or Departmental Website

Ground vehicle dynamics and automation, mechatronics and embedded systems, data representations for map-based localization and robot guidance.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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LIMING CHANG

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 322 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6852

Tribology, lubricants/lubrication, modeling of contact/lubrication problems.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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BO CHENG

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 338B REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-5963

Personal or Departmental Website

Principles of animal locomotion; biologically inspired robotics; experimental fluid dynamics; control.

 
 
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FAN-BILL CHEUNG

GEORGE L. GUILLET PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 304 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4261

Personal or Departmental Website

Multiphase heat transfer, Thermal processing of materials, Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and safety.

Publications  

 
 
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SUKWON CHOI

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 306 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4355

Personal or Departmental Website

Micro/nanoscale thermal characterization; Multi-physics analysis of microelectronics and MEMS; Wide bandgap/ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor devices; Thermal management of microelectronics; Semiconductor device reliability

 
 
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JOHN M. CIMBALA

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 234 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-2739

Personal or Departmental Website

Fluid dynamics, flow visualization, wind tunnels, neutron radiography, turbulence, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulence modeling, turbomachinery, air pollution, stratified tanks, indoor air quality, heat pipes, instrumentation, hydroturbines.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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DANIEL CORTES

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: 329 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-3103

Personal or Departmental Website

 
 
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JING DU

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 316B LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1043

Personal or Departmental Website

Solid mechanics, Fracture mechanics, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, Bio-inspired design, Medical devices, Electronic devices.

 
 
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HOSAM FATHY

BRYANT EARLY CAREER ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 157D HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-4442

Personal or Departmental Website

Optimal control; model reduction; system identification and identifiability; electrochemical battery modeling, identification, and control; hybrid electric vehicle design and control optimization; smart grid demand response; data center energy management; networked hardware-in-the-loop simulation; vehicle dynamics and safety.

Publications  

 
 
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MARY FRECKER

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: 326 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1617

Personal or Departmental Website

Optimal design, compliant mechanisms, smart structures, medical device design

Publications  

 
 
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M. Amanul HAQUE

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Office: 317A LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-4248

Personal or Departmental Website

Mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of ultra thin films; Insitu transmisision electron microscopy; MEMS; Nano-scale materials behavior.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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DANIEL HAWORTH

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 140 RESEARCH BUILDING EAST

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6269

Personal or Departmental Website

Numerical modeling of chemically reacting turbulent flows. Computational fluid dynamics. Reciprocating-piston internal combustion engines.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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KOSTADIN IVANOV

Visiting/Adjunct

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 206 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-0040

Personal or Departmental Website

Instruction and research in computational methods of reactor statics and dynamics, coupled 3-D kinetics/thermal hydraulics simulations, core design and fuel management

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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SEUNGJIN KIM

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 230 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-1783

Personal or Departmental Website

Two-phase flow, Thermal-hydraulics, Reactor Safety, Interfacial area transport, Two-phase flow instrumentation

Publications  

 
 
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REUBEN KRAFT

SHUMAN EARLY CAREER PROFESSOR

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: 320 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-4570

Personal or Departmental Website

Computational solid mechanics, finite element analysis, numerical modeling, blast physics, high performance computing

Publications  

 
 
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ANIL KULKARNI

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 205 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-7073

Fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, materials processing

Publications  

 
 
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ROBERT KUNZ

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 301C Reber Building

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-2144

Computational fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, turbomachinery, nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and thermal management analysis

 
 
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THOMAS LITZINGER

Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Accreditation and Director of Leonhard Center

Leonhard Center

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Office: 201 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-4015

Engineering education: active and collaborative learning, assessment, curricular reform; Chemical aspects of combustion related to SI and Diesel engines, gas turbines, and solid and liquid propellants.

 
 
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STEPHEN LYNCH

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 331 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-4768

Personal or Departmental Website

Convective heat transfer and turbulent boundary layers, gas turbine heat transfer and aerodynamics, advanced experimental diagnostics

Publications  

 
 
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GUHA MANOGHARAN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 232 Reber Building

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-7273

Additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, biomedical applications of additive manufacturing, hybrid manufacturing, CNC machining and post-processing of additive manufacturing.

 
 
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ERIC MARSH

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 236B REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-5242

Personal or Departmental Website

Precision machine design, precision manufacturing, diamond turning, grinding.

Publications  

 
 
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ANNE MARTIN

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 338C Reber Building

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4114

Personal or Departmental Website

 
 
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ERIC MOCKENSTURM

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 157C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0736

Continuous/distributed system dynamics, stability, continuum mechanics, nonlinear vibrations, multi-scale modeling, nano-mechanics.

Publications  

 
 
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JASON MOORE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 318 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1749

Minimally invasive medical instruments: robotic needle steering, tissue cutting mechanics, tribological effect between tissue and medical instruments, diagnostic needle biopsy, brachytherapy radiation cancer treatment, and laparoscopic instruments.

Publications  

 
 
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GARY NEAL

INSTRUCTOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 314A LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-5468

Capstone design education, design methodology, project management, personnel management, hybrid electric vehicle design, underwater weapons systems, drivetrain technology.

 
 
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RUI NI

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 326 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-5821

Personal or Departmental Website

Lagrangian Particle Tracking, Transport of Fluid (Petroleum and Natural Gas) in Complex Environment, Turbulent Thermal Convection, Fiber Flow, Thermal Energy Management

 
 
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JACQUELINE O'CONNOR

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professorship

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 111 RESEARCH BUILDING EAST

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1502

Personal or Departmental Website

The Reacting Flow Dynamics Laboratory focuses on issues of reacting flows for energy and propulsion applications. High-speed laser diagnostics and other state-of-the-art experimental techniques are used in research areas like combustion & hydrodynamics.

Publications  

 
 
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ZOUBEIDA OUNAIES

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 157B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-4443

Personal or Departmental Website

Development of unique combinations of mechanical-electrical-chemical coupling in polymers and polymer nanocomposites.

Publications  

 
 
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LAURA PAULEY

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 305 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4259

Computational fluid dynamics, boundary layer separation, Large-Eddy Simulation, Direct Numerical Simulation, cavitation inception, Engineering education.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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HORACIO PEREZ-BLANCO

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 204 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-7842

Energy, Energy systems, Gas turbines, Heat and mass transfer, Transport, Interfaces, Marangoni, Absorption.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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CHRISTOPHER RAHN

Associate Dean for Innovation and Professor

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 150A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6237

Personal or Departmental Website

Dynamic systems modeling, design, analysis, and control with applications to flexible structures, biologically inspired robotics, smart material actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters, and electrochemical energy storage.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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ALEXANDER RATTNER

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 236A REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4387

Personal or Departmental Website

Sustainable thermal-fluid energy systems, waste heat recovery, multiphase flow heat and mass transfer, high performance computing

 
 
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ASOK RAY

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 329 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6377

Personal or Departmental Website

Machine Learning, Instrumentation & Control, Information Theory, Signal Processing, and Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos

Publications  

 
 
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TIMOTHY SIMPSON

PAUL MORROW PROFESSOR IN ENGINEERING DESIGN and MANUFACTURING

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Office: 209 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-7136

Personal or Departmental Website

Engineering design and design methodology, statistical approximations and design of experiments, and product family and product platform design

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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ALOK SINHA

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 330 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-3079

Personal or Departmental Website

Turbine blade vibration, Magnetic bearings, Active vibration control, Sliding mode control, Robust control, Neural network.

Publications  

 
 
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H. J. SOMMER

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 337 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-8997

Personal or Departmental Website

Kinematics, biomechanics, mechatronics, robotics, machine vision, unmanned aircraft.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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STEPHANIE STOCKAR

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 136 Research Building East

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6276

Personal or Departmental Website

Internal combustion engines, advanced powertrain systems, energy systems, model order reduction, optimization and control.

 
 
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KAREN THOLE

DEPARTMENT HEAD AND DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 136 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-2519

Personal or Departmental Website

Convective heat transfer, turbulent boundary layers, high freestream turbulence, gas turbine heat transfer.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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STEFAN THYNELL

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 114 Research Building East

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0977

Radiation, heat transfer, combustion, thermal decomposition and formulation of reaction mechanisms of energetic materials, FT-IR and time-of-flight mass spectroscopy.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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MICHAEL TONKS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 233 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1323

Personal or Departmental Website

Predicting the coevolution of microstructure and properties of materials in harsh environments, mesoscale computational materials science, computational methods

 
 
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MARTIN TRETHEWEY

ARTHUR L. GLENN PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 336 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1961

Dynamics, vibrations, computer-aided design, noise control

Publications  

 
 
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ADRIANUS VAN DUIN

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Office: 240 RESEARCH BUILDING EAST

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6277

Molecular dynamics simulations on reactive and non-reactive systems; applications to combustion, catalysis and material failure.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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PARIS VON LOCKETTE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 338A REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-2761

Personal or Departmental Website

Origami engineering, magneto-active composites, remotely powered locomotion, semi-active elements for vibration isolation and control multifunctional (multi-field) materials development and devices, mechanics, polymer physics/optics, computational solid mechanics and optimization, Mechanical sciences, Sensors and Controls

Publications  

 
 
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QIAN WANG

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 325 LEONHARD BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-8281

Personal or Departmental Website

Robust control, optimization, application to aerospace, mechanical, and computer systems.

Publications  

 
 
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DONGHAI WANG

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Office: 134 MRL Building

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1287

Personal or Departmental Website

Design & synthesis of nanostructured inorganic materials, high surface-area nanoporous materials, carbon nanostructures, nanocomposites. Processing/structure/properties/performance relationships in energy conversion & storage for batteries and fuel cells.

Publications  

 
 
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CHAO-YANG WANG

PROFESSOR AND DIEFENDERFER CHAIR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Office: 162 Materials Research Laboratory

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4762

Personal or Departmental Website

Multiphase transport, batteries, and fuel cells.

Publications  

 
 
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DAVID WILLIAMS

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 328 Reber Building

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-2181

Personal or Departmental Website

Computational fluid dynamics, external aerodynamics, finite element analysis, high-order methods, and solution-adaptive meshing.

 
 
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TAK SING WONG

WORMLEY EARLY CAREER PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Office: N330 MILLENIUM SCIENCE COMPLEX

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6122

Personal or Departmental Website

Bioinspired engineering, Interfacial engineering, Micro- and Nano-manufacturing.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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YUAN XUAN

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 106 RESEARCH BUILDING EAST

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-2165

Computational fluid dynamics, turbulent combustion, soot formation, numerical methods, uncertainty quantification.

Publications  

 
 
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SAVAS YAVUZKURT

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 327 REBER BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-3340

Personal or Departmental Website

Combustion, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, turbulent flows modeling and experimentation, gas turbine heat transfer, and hydrodynamics.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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RICHARD YETTER

PROFESSOR

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 111 RESEARCH BUILDING EAST

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6375

Publications  

 
 

About

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