students in the lab with Professor Tak-Sing Wong

Biomechanics and Bioengineering

We are improving drug delivery and healthcare.

Biomechanics and bioengineering, as related to mechanical engineering, involve the application of the principles, laws, and methods of mechanics to develop and improve medical diagnostics, biomedical devices, and biomechanical models. Our faculty and students apply mechanical principles to the design and improvement of laparoscopic surgical instruments and to the development of improved drug delivery systems. We develop mathematical models and computational tools of the human physiological and neurological systems to improve our understanding of organ function and dysfunction and to better diagnose disease. We explore mechanical designs that encompass precise testing and analyses to provide more accurate biopsies with less invasive surgical procedures and we develop new and better analysis methods for disease and for the design of pharmaceuticals.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Daniel Cortes

Bio-Motion Systems Lab

Bio-Motions Systems Lab
Jean-Michel Mongeau

Engineering Design and Optimization Group

Engineering Design and Optimization Group
Mary Frecker, Tim Simpson

eXperimental Kinematics Lab

Experimental Kinematics Lab
H. Joseph Sommer

Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab

Locomotion and biomechanics and control lab
Bo Cheng

Mechanics and Materials Lab

Mechanics and Materials Lab
Jing Du

OPEN Design Lab

OPEN Design Lab
Matthew Parkinson

Penn State Computational Biomechanics Group

Computational Biomechanics
Reuben Kraft

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab
Jason Moore

Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering

Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering
Tak Sing Wong

CVC Insertion Video
Nature Inspired Engineering Video
Advancing Surgery Video


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