Matt Rau joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

September 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Matt Rau has joined the department as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He comes to Penn State from a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow position at the Naval Research Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a thermal-fluids expert who has extensive experience with a variety of advanced experimental techniques, including infrared thermography and tomographic particle image velocimetry. He has used these techniques to better understand turbulent dispersed multiphase flows.

We asked Matt a few questions about himself and his plans to make an impact in mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State.

What excites you about joining the MNE Department?

I am very excited to be joining an active department full of world-class researchers and educators.  I can’t wait to get to know my new colleagues, to learn about their research, and to become active in research collaborations with them.  This is an exciting place to build a research program and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

What can students expect from you in the classroom?

My students can expect a passionate and engaging teacher in the classroom.  I like to learn and want my students to walk away with the same enthusiasm that has kept me interested in mechanical engineering all these years.

What have you found in Happy Valley that you really like or are looking forward to?

I am eager to explore Happy Valley’s hiking, bicycling, and skiing opportunities.  I am also looking forward to exploring the local restaurants, both in and out of town.

What unique strength do you hope to bring to the department?

I hope to draw on my own variety of experiences from inside and outside of academia to help solve the big interdisciplinary problems facing us today.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to run, hike, work outside, repair things on my house and car, and read. I also enjoy a good movie every now and then.

Where are you from originally?

I am from Dayton, Ohio

What professional goals do you hope to achieve here at Penn State?

I hope to build a productive group that is widely known for its innovative research in thermal-fluids, to earn a reputation as a caring and passionate educator, and to build strong professional relationships with my colleagues.


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Matt Rau

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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.

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