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Mechanical Sciences

We are transforming materials into devices and systems that make our lives better.

The mechanical sciences area covers a breadth of research related to the fundamental topics of design, mechanics of materials, controls, vibrations, dynamics, mechatronics, robotics, solid mechanics, optimization, and manufacturing. These fundamental topics are being used to improve devices in fields such as biomedical, energy storage, and transportation through theoretical, experimental, and computational research.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Daniel Cortes

Control Optimization Lab

Control Optimization Lab
Hosam Fathy

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Zoubeida Ounaies

Engineering Design and Optimization Group

Engineering Design and Optimization Group
Mary Frecker, Tim Simpson

eXperimental Kinematics Lab

Experimental Kinematics Lab
H. Joseph Sommer

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

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Sean Brennan

Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab

Locomotion and biomechanics and control lab
Bo Cheng

Machine Dynamics Research Lab

Machine Dynamics Research Group
Eric Marsh

Magneto-Active Composites and Structures Lab

Magneto active Composites and Structures Lab
Paris von Lockette

Mechanics and Materials Lab

Mechanics and Materials Lab
Jing Du

Mechatronics Research Lab

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Chris Rahn

Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory

nanomechanical systems lab
Aman Haque

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

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Computational Biomechanics Group Video
Precision Medical Design Lab 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