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Scholar alumna using data to help people take control of their health


Wearable technology can measure the steps we take in a day, monitor our heart rate or glucose levels, even track our sleep. It’s part of a trend Penn State and Schreyer Honors College alumna Leslie Oley sees that includes people taking more active, data-driven roles in their own health.

Learning Together


Mechanical engineering and elementary school collaboration benefits all.

Engineering Ambassadors grows nationally in partnership with ASME


Engineering Ambassadors, a homegrown initiative out of Penn State mechanical engineering, has now expanded nationwide. Helmed by director Lori Miraldi, the program was created to inspire more students, especially women, to pursue engineering.

Independent department on horizon for Mechanical Engineering


On Nov. 13, Nicolas P. Jones, Penn State executive vice president and provost, on the advisement of the Faculty Senate Council, approved the separation of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering into two independent departments.

Next gen batteries possible with engineering breakthrough


Three-dimensional polymer on lithium metal battery anodes could double battery life, increase charge rate and safety.

Nuclear Engineering to become independent department


On July 1, 2019, the academic unit will become the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering.

New graduate certificate in additive manufacturing offered at Penn State


Prompted by the incredible industry demand for trained experts in additive manufacturing and design for additive manufacturing, Penn State is offering a new graduate certificate in Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) through Penn State World Campus.

Trailblazers: Penn State mechanical engineers to forge new frontier in nanoelectronics


The appetite for faster, smaller, and more powerful technology has spurred incredible innovations - but it also created an overwhelming demand on the way electronic devices handle the heat they generate.

Voith awards $25,000 in scholarships to students in Penn State’s Women in Engineering program


The hydroelectric company aims to support students entering engineering professions.

Mechanical engineering student, football player to ‘seize his opportunity’


Like his fellow ME undergraduates, Christopher Welde spends his day attending classes. But when he arrives at the practice fields in the early afternoon, his work is just beginning.

Kraft recognized with Outstanding Teaching Award


Reuben Kraft, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and co-hire with the Penn State Institute of CyberScience, is being recognized with the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award.

Diverse perspectives strengthen mechanical engineering program


In mechanical engineering (ME) at Penn State, we are committed to solving problems related our health, happiness and safety, and along the way, often changing the way we think about the world. Diversity and inclusion are critical to reach our goals, because different perspectives bring new, innovative solutions. To celebrate this core value, we will be highlighting a variety of voices within mechanical engineering and celebrating our faculty, staff, and students leading the charge.

Wong to receive New Innovator award at IEEE NANOMED 2018


Tak-Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, will receive the New Innovator award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) International Conference.

Brown named Brennan professor to innovate nuclear tech


The professorship, made possible by the generous support of John and Jean Brennan, supports an outstanding faculty member whose research is focused on clean energy that will help eliminate the world's dependence on fossil fuels.

Micro credentialing workshops introduced in mechanical engineering


Micro-credentialing, which are targeted, intensive seminars designed to educate students on a specific topic, provide an additional avenue for mechanical engineering students to distinguish themselves.

Choi named Kuo Early Career Professor


As a researcher, Choi strives to improve the reliability of novel electronic device technologies using a unique interdisciplinary approach.

Additive Manufacturing program awards first degree


Introduced in 2017, the AMD program offers a one-year master of science in additive manufacturing and design (MSAMD) and master of engineering in additive manufacturing and design (MEngAMD), educating students and working engineers to become technically outstanding experts in additive manufacturing and design, both in residence at Penn State University Park or online via Penn State World Campus.

ASME honors ME faculty with top international awards


Professors awarded prestigious Ballal Early Career, Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career, N.O. Myklestad, Thar Energy, Design Automation, and Robert E. Abbot Awards.

Professor named outstanding educator in experimental mechanics


The Society for Experimental Mechanics has named Martin W. Trethewey, professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, the 2019 M.M. Frocht Award for "outstanding achievement as an educator in the field of experimental mechanics".

ASME Thar Energy Award winner Chris Rahn encourages engineers to 'save the world'


Chris Rahn, associate dean for innovation and the J. 'Lee' Everett Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, has been named the Thar Energy award recipient for 2018.

Mechanical engineering alumnus, KCF Technologies helps to power innovation


A high-growth Penn State startup, KCF Technologies deploys mostly wireless vibration monitoring into factories to reduce unexpected equipment failures, reduce process and energy waste, and dramatically improve the safety of the operating conditions. The company serves a variety of industries including pulp/paper, automotive, power plants, and even museums like the Smithsonian.

Wong honored with ASME's 2018 Sia Nemat-Nasser Early Career Award


Tak-Sing Wong, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, who is involved in pioneering work exploring synergies between biology and materials science, is the recipient of an award from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Mechanical engineering professor to improve electronics by thinking thermal first


A new assistant professor in mechanical engineering, Brian Foley, found his way to the field through electrical engineering.

Engineering to benefit humanity: Student looks to developing nations


Birgitt Boschitsch has earned many titles – mechanical engineer, Penn State doctoral student, bourgeoning entrepreneur. But no matter how she’s using her talents, she always remembers why she pursued engineering.

Manogharan named outstanding researcher in additive manufacturing


The FAME Jr. Award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career by the International Solid Freeform Symposium, the longest running global conference on the topic.

Van Duin awarded DoE funding to continue critical energy research


As multi-university initiatives, EFRC funding creates partnerships between researchers, national laboratories, and non-profits to accelerate the critical research needed for advanced energy capabilities.

Simpson receives two engineering design awards at international conference


Simpson, the Paul Morrow Professor in Engineering Design and Manufacturing, received the Design Automation Award and the Robert E. Abbot Award at the event, held Aug. 26-29 in Quebec City, Canada.

Professor recognized by ASME for innovative vibration engineering


Chris Rahn, associate dean for innovation and the J. 'Lee' Everett Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the 2018 N.O. Myklestad Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Voith sponsors $25,000 Women in Engineering scholarship


In a targeted effort for a broader representation of women in engineering professions, Voith Hydro Inc., whose U.S. headquarters are located in York, Pennsylvania, is sponsoring $25,000 in annual scholarships, which will be awarded to mechanical engineering students enrolled in Penn State College of Engineering’s Women in Engineering Program.

A Device to Harvest Energy from Low-frequency Vibrations


A team of researchers from Penn State’s Materials Research Institute and the University of Utah has developed a wearable energy harvesting device that could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging. The device, about the size of a wristwatch, produces enough power to run a personal health monitoring system.

Reverse, self-healing filter opens the door for endless novel applications


A self-healing membrane that also acts as a reverse filter can block small particles and let large ones through is possible, according to Penn State mechanical engineers who say it is "straight out of science fiction."

Mechanical engineering faculty studies flying insects to create better drones


A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Robust Intelligence Program will support research to study biological flyers to create vision-guided perching in drones.

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.

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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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