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Jean-Michel Mongeau

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

204 Reber Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Neuromechanics, Sensors & Controls

Interest Areas:

Neural and mechanical control of animal locomotion, biological system identification, bio-inspired engineering, robots as tools to study control of locomotion.




  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2007
  • Ph D, Biophysics, University of California-Berkeley, 2013


Journal Articles

  • K Jayaram, Jean-Michel Mongeau, A Mohapatra, P Birkmeyer, R S Fearing and R J Full, 2018, "Transition by head-on collision: mechanically mediated manoeuvres in cockroaches and small robots", Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 15, (139)
  • Jean-Michel Mongeau and M A Frye, 2017, "Drosophila spatiotemporally integrates visual signals to control saccades", Current Biology, 27, (19)
  • Jean-Michel Mongeau, S N Sponberg, J P Miller and R J Full, 2015, "Sensory processing within antenna enables rapid implementation of feedback control for high-speed running maneuvers", Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, (15), pp. 2344-2354
  • Jean-Michel Mongeau, A Demir, C J Dallmann, K Jayaram, N J Cowan and R J Full, 2014, "Mechanical processing via passive dynamic properties of the cockroach antenna can facilitate control during rapid running", Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, pp. 3333-3345
  • J W Aptekar, M F Keles, Jean-Michel Mongeau, P Lu, M A Frye and P A Shoemaker, 2014, "Method and software for using m-sequences to characterize parallel components of higher-order visual tracking behavior in Drosophila", Frontier in Neural Circuits
  • S Revzen, S Burden, TY Moore, Jean-Michel Mongea and, RJ Full , 2013, "Instantaneous kinematic phase reflects neuromechanical response to lateral perturbations of running cockroaches", Biological Cybernetics, 107, (2)
  • Jean-Michel Mongeau, A Demir, J Lee, N Cowan and R J Full, 2013, "Locomotion- and mechanics-mediated tactile sensing: antenna reconfiguration simplifies control during high-speed navigation in cockroaches", Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, (24), pp. 4530-4541
  • Jean-Michel Mongeau, B McRae, A Jusufi, P Birkmeyer, A M Hoover, R Fearing and R J Full, 2012, "Rapid inversion: running animals and robots swing like a pendulum under ledges", PLoS ONE, 7, (6)


  • Jean-Michel Mongeau and M A Frye, 2018, "Neural correlates of saccade control algorithms in Drosophila", Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • R J Full, K Jayaram, Jean-Michel Mongeau, P Birkmeyer, A Hoover and R S Fearing, 2011, "Role of Robustness in Running: Bio-and Bio-inspired Exoskeletons", Integrative and Comparative Biology, 51
  • K Jayaram, Jean-Michel Mongeau, B McRae and R J Full, 2010, "High-speed horizontal to vertical transitions in running cockroaches reveals a principle of robustness", Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50
  • S Sponberg, Jean-Michel Mongeau, J P Miller and R J Full, 2009, "Decoding cockroach antennal tactile navigation using naturalistic and white noise stimuli in a control theoretic framework", Integrative and Comparative Biology

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Biomedical Engineering Departmental Honors, Northwestern University, 2007


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Co-Chairperson, ABET for ME345, 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Judge, Division Judge for, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2018
  • Voluntary Consultation and/or Advising, Faculty Mentor, Broadening Participation Meeting Mentorship Program, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2018
  • Other, Chairperson, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2016



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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