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Opening doors for College of Engineering undergraduate students


Penn State College of Engineering’s Tom Litzinger and his wife, Mary Ellen, have contributed $30,000 to fund and endow the Thomas A. and Mary Ellen Litzinger Open Doors Scholarship in the College of Engineering.

Advancement in the state-of the-art for vibration analysis of carbon nanotubes with defects


The research, conducted in the Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, has resulted in computationally efficient methods to predict the vibratory behavior of carbon nanotubes with inevitable defects.

Penn State College of Engineering introduces graduate nuclear security option


As the first of its kind in the world, this curriculum will prepare students to become the next generation of technical experts in nuclear and radiological security around the world.

Student marshal explores ultrasonics and economics to become better engineer


Eric Woelkers, a mechanical engineering and Schreyer’s Honors College student, has been named the Penn State College of Engineering student marshal for the summer of 2018.

Schreyer Scholar, ROTC alumnus ready to take off at Navy flight school


Austin Bieniawski, who graduated from Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College in May, will head to Naval Air Station Pensacola this fall to begin training as a Navy pilot.

Robotic wheelchair maps out path for mechanical engineer


Kelilah Wolkowicz, a Penn State graduate student studying mechanical engineering, found her path at a young age. After successfully battling a brain tumor at age 11, she asked herself, "What do you do with the life you’ve been given back?"

Fathy, Wang promoted to professors in MNE


The Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of two faculty members, Hosam Fathy and Donghai Wang, to the academic rank of professor of mechanical engineering.

New low-cost needle simulator aims to revolutionize medical training


Administering needle-based procedures in anesthesiology, such as epidurals, is a complex and delicate procedure. However, the current training methods for doctors are costly and fall short in preparing them for every patient and situation they'll face. A new proposed patent from the Penn State College of Engineering plans to change that.

Self-heating, fast-charging battery makes electric vehicles climate-immune


Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but now a team of Penn State engineers has created a battery that can self-heat, allowing rapid charging regardless of the outside chill.

Engineering students worldwide learn new skills using Penn State's supercomputer


Students throughout the world are learning about ways they can simulate and test car crashes, new materials and products in a mechanical engineering course taught online through Penn State World Campus, ME 461: Finite Elements in Engineering.

NASCAR names mechanical engineering grad as VP of Innovation and Racing Development


NASCAR announced that Penn State graduate John Probst has been promoted to Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development.

Solar Turbines, Inc. selects Penn State to establish center of excellence in gas turbines


After completing an extensive evaluation of institutions of higher learning, Solar Turbines Incorporated has chosen Penn State as a university partner to establish a center of excellence in gas turbines. The center involves numerous faculty across Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Rapid charging of electric vehicles aided by $1 million from DoE


Revolutionizing the way electric vehicle batteries charge and spurring the technology as an environmental and economic growth driver will be possible thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Penn State engineers.

Frecker named to ELATE National Leadership Program


ELATE at Drexel, an elite, one of a kind professional development program for women in the academic STEM fields, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2018-19 class of Fellows.

ASME military drive sends care packages overseas


The Penn State chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers not only works tirelessly to promote the study and application of engineering sciences, but also strives to give back to their community. This semester, the student organization spearheaded a donation drive to support the United States military.

Scholar uses algorithm to make Christmas tree farming more efficient


The graduating mechanical engineering student recently completed his honors thesis, in which he developed an algorithm to analyze and store images of Christmas tree farms taken by unmanned aircraft.

Student engineers innovate passenger car seats with Ford


A team of engineers worked diligently for months designing a new passenger car seat for the Ford Motor Company, harnessing years of education to create a finished prototype. But they weren't professionals working in Detroit - the team members were all seniors at Penn State.

MNE team wins grand prize for water-saving, impactful technology


Through their research in the Penn State Department of Mechanical and Engineering, they've created a liquid-entrenched smooth surface (LESS) coating, an innovative spray-able, anti-fouling coating that can be applied to toilet and sanitation facilities. Developed by Wang, the technical lead of the project, it dramatically decreases the amount of water needed when flushing a toilet.

Redesigning the risky business of product development


Jessica Menold receives grant to improve success of product prototyping

Three uniquely accomplished students to represent MNE as student marshals


Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding scholarship and academic achievement.

Five MNE students chosen for prestigious NSF Fellowship


Five students who completed their undergraduate education in the Penn State Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) have earned a place in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

MNE recognizes outstanding student leaders


Gathered in the Gurshaney Family E-Knowledge Commons on March 21, the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at Penn State recognized its outstanding students that have made inspirational impacts in their work. Coupled with the Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) annual meeting, esteemed industry professionals were also in attendance to honor the burgeoning engineers.

Mechanical engineering curriculum changes to prepare students for their careers


The faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Program have implemented a new, innovative curriculum that will provide students with a fundamental understanding of both thermal and mechanical analysis using computational modeling.

Human-powered, student-engineered bike to compete in E-Fest


At the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's E-Fest to be held April 13-15, this bike will compete in a challenge that pits the students against their counterparts from across the region.

New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries


A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers from Penn State and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.

Nuclear detectives: Penn State awarded $1.8 million grant from Department of Defense to improve nuclear forensics


Through this research, the U.S. will be better equipped to respond to a nuclear attack. Specifically, if a nuclear weapon is ever discovered or detonated, officials will need to quickly determine its origins to identify the threat actors.

Through NSF CAREER Award, Jacqueline O'Connor to make power generation cleaner and more efficient


With a new National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, Jacqueline O'Connor, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at Penn State, is combining her expertise in combustion instability mechanisms and combustion in highly-turbulent environments to provide deeper understanding into an important problem.

Female students 'take over' the Learning Factory on Ladies' Night


The sound of whirring band saws, swinging hammers and the screeching of metal being cut filled the air at Penn State's Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory on March 20, the same as any other night. But there was one stark difference.

Research impacts of three faculty earn early career professorships


Three assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (MNE), Alexander Rattner, Rui Ni, and Stephen Lynch, have all been recognized with early career professorships resulting from their research impacts.

Engineering for humanitarian causes inspires graduate student


Anne Pauley was drawn to the Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program at Penn State. HESE's goal is to aim to encourage different disciplines across the university to create technology-based solutions for the most compelling problems facing humanity today.

Microengineered slippery rough surface for water harvesting from air


A slippery rough surface (SRS) inspired by both pitcher plants and rice leaves outperforms state-of-the-art liquid-repellent surfaces in water harvesting applications, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Nuclear entrepreneur earns 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Kenneth Lindquist, who earned his masters and doctorate from Penn State in nuclear engineering in '67 and '71 respectively, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni.

Quiz [re]design: Rethinking engineering design evaluation


Unique design practicum tests first-year engineering students' engineering design process comprehension and application capabilities

MNE professors named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute


Daniel Haworth and Richard Yetter, professors of mechanical engineering at Penn State, have been named inaugural Fellows of the Combustion Institute.

Nuclear alumna Suzanne Keenan elected to NERC Board of Trustees


Ms. Keenan received a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and master's degree in Health Physics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her honors include being named Penn State's Nuclear Engineering Outstanding Alumni Lecturer for 1999 and Penn State's Outstanding Engineering Alumna in 2000.

RSEC personnel to test nuclear reactor vessel monitoring device


Penn State's Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) and Westinghouse Electric Company have been awarded a $789,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) under the DoE's Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies awards program.

CEO of one of Korea's largest manufacturing firms awarded Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Alumnus title


A testament to his incredible achievements in the manufacturing and automotive industry, Dong-Youn Sohn, president and CEO of Doosan Infracore, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Engineers work to improve customization of orthopedic implants using 3D-printed titanium


A team of engineers at Penn State is working to improve the fit and longevity of orthopedic implants by producing the parts out of titanium using additive manufacturing, which allows for more customization than traditional manufacturing techniques.

Eight selected to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2018


Richard J. Riegel earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering in 1985.

Distinguished lecture to feature former ambassador Laura S. H. Holgate


Penn State Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and the School of International Affairs enthusiastically welcomes Laura S. H. Holgate, retired ambassador and former special assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director on the National Security Council, for a distinguished lecture titled "Nuclear Security After the Summits" on February 27.

E-Fest at Penn State to draw 1,000 students, ignite innovation


E-Fest East, an annual event held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), will provide a venue for engineering students to showcase their innovation, invention, and creativity.

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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.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519