Exelon Corporation gift supports E-Knowledge Commons project


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Exelon Corporation has pledged $25,000 to name a group study room within the E-Knowledge Commons, a student-centered space designed for peer-to-peer learning in Reber Building.

The E-Knowledge Commons will give mechanical and nuclear engineering students a place to work in teams across a variety of study spaces, while having easy access to technology and other resources.

The new space will be equipped with individual and group study areas to foster collaboration as well as private meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art computer and video conferencing systems to enhance global interactions and learning. The commons will also have two computer labs, laptop plug-in stations and modular furniture that can be moved to create an open space for lectures and other events.

The estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. If you are interested in supporting the E-Knowledge Commons, visit the project’s website for more information and naming opportunities. Your support will help to give students easy access to cutting-edge technology as well as an inspiring space to meet, study and learn.

This generous gift towards the E-Knowledge Commons represents Exelon’s continued support of Penn State and the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Exelon has a long and diverse history of giving to PSU. The company has enhanced engineering at PSU through support for mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, the National Society of Black Engineers, Student Chapter of Hispanic Engineers and the Learning Factory. Departments and initiatives university-wide have received support from Exelon, including: Professional Expo/IST, Future Forum, Four Diamonds, Children’s Miracle Network, Environmental Research Resource Institute, Smeal Institute- Study of Business Markets, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Penn State Future Fund, Ag Sciences, Athletics, Pathways to Your Future/STEM, Health Physics/radiology and others.

Exelo​n is a Fortune 100 energy generation and delivery provider doing business in 48 states, D.C., and Canada. It employs approximately 34,000 people nationwide.​​​ Including 613 PSU grads, 321 of which hold engineering degrees from PSU.

Penn State’s alumni and friends are invaluable partners in fulfilling the University’s land-grant mission of education, research and service. Private gifts from alumni and friends enrich the experiences of students both in and out of the classroom; expand the research and teaching capacity of our faculty; enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain top students and faculty; and help to ensure that students from every economic background have access to a Penn State education. The University’s colleges and campuses are now enlisting the support of alumni and friends to advance a range of unit-specific initiatives.


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Chris Hennessey




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