Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering holds spring commencement ceremonies


Three hundred mechanical and nuclear engineering students received baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering's spring commencement exercises on May 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center, 253 in mechanical engineering and 47 in nuclear engineering.

Student marshals were Kelly McClure for the nuclear engineering program, and Maryellen Overbaugh for the mechanical engineering program. Mechanical engineering students John Merlino and Adam Gordon were also named student marshals representing ROTC and bioengineering, respectively.

This year's commencement address was given by Todd Erdley, president and CEO of Videon Central in State College, Pennsylvania. He spoke to the graduates about being problem solvers, telling graduates that being a problem solver means being a visionary and taking ownership of their vision, their culture and their results. He encouraged graduates to take risks and care about others more than themselves as they endeavor to change the world.

From summer 2014 through spring 2015 a total of 395 undergraduates earned their degrees, 330 in mechanical engineering and 65 in nuclear engineering.

On May 10, thirty-two students received graduate degrees at graduate school commencement in the Bryce Jordan Center. In mechanical engineering ten students received a master’s degree and thirteen received a doctorate degree. In nuclear engineering, five students received a Master of Science degree and two received a doctorate degree. In addition, two students received a Master of Engineering in nuclear engineering, Penn State’s distance education program for professionals working in the nuclear industry.

These graduate students joined the students who received their degrees in summer 2014 and fall 2014 for a total of 95 students earning graduate degrees this academic year.


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Shea Bracken

Kelly McClure

Nuclear engineering student marshal Kelly McClure (left) with faculty escort Kostandin Ivanov, Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering.

Maryellen Overbaugh

Mechanical engineering student marshal Maryellen Overbaugh (left) with faculty escort Karen Thole, professor and department head.



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