Robert Zboray joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

September 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Robert Zboray has joined the department as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering.

He comes to Penn State from a role as a senior research scientist and deputy lab head at the Laboratory for Thermalhydraulics of the Nuclear Energy and Safety Division of the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands and a masters degree in physics, majoring in nuclear engineering, from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.  His background includes experimental nuclear thermalhydraulics and instrumentation development with special focus on imaging and non-intrusive inspection methods for multi-phase flows and other industrial and engineering applications.

We asked Robert 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?

The opportunity to collaborate with great faculty, exchange ideas and to conduct high level research together with my students utilizing the unique infrastructure, e.g. the Breazeale reactor, available at the department.

What can students expect from you in the classroom?

Dedication, highest level of professionalism and motivating lectures and discussions.

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

Very beautiful nature and lots of opportunities to discover it.

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

Expertise on innovative, high-resolution instrumentation techniques for thermalhydraulics and other engineering/scientific problems.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Mountain biking, playing soccer, gardening, music and reading.

Where are you from originally?


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

Establish a cutting-edge research program and help increasing the already high ranking of the PSU nuclear engineering program.


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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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