Penn State Engineering Alumni Society recognizes two MNE professors for their accomplishments


Each year, the College of Engineering honors faculty, staff and alumni for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service. The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) sponsors these awards. For 2016, two faculty members in mechanical and nuclear engineering were honored for their contributions to research and teaching.

Zoubeida Ounaies, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received a PSEAS Outstanding Research Award. This award recognizes her contribution to the development of flexible, lightweight smart materials. These materials are being applied in advanced electronics, autonomous robotics, aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer industries.

Ounaies was recently named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

She has co-authored over 120 articles in journals, books and conference proceedings, and seven U.S. patents. In 2007, Ounaies received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant.

Hosam Fathy, Bryant Early Career Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering received a PSEAS Outstanding Teaching Award. This award recognizes Fathy’s contributions to the mechanical and nuclear engineering curriculum through the introduction of a course on optimal control of energy systems and for his implementation of the flipped classroom model.

In 2014, Fathy received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in support of his research focusing on identifiability optimization in electrochemical battery systems. In 2009 he was named a College of Engineering Outstanding Research Scientist at the University of Michigan.


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Zoubeida Ounaies

Zoubeida Ounaies received a PSEAS Outstanding Research Award.

Hosam Fathy

Hosam Fathy received a PSEAS Outstanding Teaching Award.



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.

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