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Stephen Turns

Professor Emeritus


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

114 Research Building East


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Research Projects

  • February 2011 - January 2013, "TUES: Improving Students' Problem-Solving Abilities in Thermodynamics," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2003 - January 2004, "Student Travel Support for the 2003 Fall Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (EN030461)," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Navy).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Member, RA10 Research Misconduct Investigatory Committee, January 2011 - January 2011
  • Committee Work, Member, Faculty Advisor, Penn State Guitar Club, January 2011 - December 2011
  • Committee Work, Immediate Tenure Review Committee, January 2009 - December 2009
  • Committee Work, Chairperson, Promotion and Tenure Committee, January 2007 - December 2008
  • Committee Work, Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, January 2006 - December 2008
  • Committee Work, Faculty Committee Teaching and Learning Consortium, 2001 - 2001
  • Committee Work, Academic Administration Evaluation Committee, 1998 - 1998
  • Committee Work, Fellow Award Review Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • Committee Work, Particulate Material Center Advisory Board, 1996 - 1998
  • Committee Work, Program Committee for Center of Excellence Building, 1988 - 1988
  • Committee Work, University Hearing Board, 1988 - 1990

Service to External Organizations:




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

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519