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Research Overview

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering actively conducts research to generate new knowledge that will strengthen and support undergraduate and graduate education at Penn State, in the United States, and the World. See the links on the right for more information on each of our research areas.

Our research is enormously collaborative and our faculty participate in interdisciplinary research with national and international universities as well as many of the academic colleges, research centers, and consortia within Penn State. Visit our collaborator’s page for a list of some of the Penn State units with which our faculty work closely.

Department research expenditures total approximately $25 million annually. This funding supports student research and helps purchase state of the art equipment for faculty laboratories. Primary research funding comes from industry and government sources, such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the Army, the Air Force, and NASA.

The mechanical and nuclear engineering department has numerous state-of-the-art research facilities where students can experience hands-on experimental techniques as well as modern computational simulations. One such facility is the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, housed in the Radiation Science and Engineering Center. This reactor is one of the few research reactors in the country. Our students and faculty also have access to the Materials Research Institute, which houses numerous experimental facilities. Find out more about MNE's lab facilities and research centers.

Graduate Progmras
Labs and Centers


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