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Transporation Systems

We are researching advanced transportation systems that lead to safer and more economical solutions.

Several faculty are researching transportation efficiency, including exploring new battery systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. Other faculty are working on projects to improve vehicle safety, crash and rollover dynamics, and robotics. Some of our faculty have affiliations with the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, which studies transportation infrastructure and operations, systems and safety, bus transport, and travel terrain.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Electrochemical Engine Center

Electrochemical Engine Lab
Chao-Yang Wang

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

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Sean Brennan

Mechatronics Research Lab

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Chris Rahn

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab
Jacqueline O’Connor

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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.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519