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Support our Mission

Our students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are World-Class Engineers in the making--but it takes a lot of hard work, to get them there. The Department makes it its mission to provide students with extraordinary opportunities, such as study abroad and other global experiences, research opportunities, and student societies.

It is a testament to Penn State's excellence that students gain such rich experiences here, and the Department wants to see that tradition of excellence continue. But many of these experiences are cost-prohibitive to the students and, increasingly, our budgets are strained. Private support from our generous alumni and friends is more crucial than ever to the next generations of Penn State mechanical engineers.

Make a Gift

Visit Click on College of Engineering to expand the selections. Make your selection from the variety of funding opportunities listed, or select “other” and enter information on how you would like to direct your gift.

Some giving opportunities to consider:

  • Mechanical Engineering Alumni & Friends Fund: you gift will be directed to the greatest need
  • Mechanical Engineering Alumni Fund for Excellence: Modernizing facilities and student activity support
  • A specific scholarship or endowment

Special Giving Opportunities

Support the E-Knowledge Commons Project
The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering has built a student-centered space in Reber Building. The E-Knowledge Commons gives students a place to work in teams within a variety of study spaces, while having easy access to technology and other resources. For more information on this project and the naming opportunities available, visit the E-Knowledge Commons website.


With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs. Our actively growing program has 8 faculty members and almost 90 graduate students. In the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, nuclear engineering students can take advantage of the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the longest operating university research reactor in the country. Visit for more information.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519