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Engineers are creative problem solvers who make our lives better by designing and producing things that benefit people. They apply mathematical and scientific principles to find solutions to the challenges facing our society.

An engineer has likely been involved in the developing most of the things you see. The homes we live in, the cars we drive, the highways we navigate, the technology we rely upon, the healthcare we need -- they all need engineering to make happen.

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. Our programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs.

For undergraduates, we offer a strong engineering foundation with degrees in mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering as well as dual degrees. Students can expand their engineering knowledge through one of the many academic minors available at Penn state or by joining a major-related club or student groups.

Our graduate programs are extremely flexible and students have the option of completing a resident or online masters degree, or a doctoral degree in mechanical or nuclear engineering. Either way, students have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s best faculty.

Employers love to hire Penn State engineers because of the contributions they make in the communities where they live and work. Our graduates regularly accept positions at Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, national research laboratories, and other research universities. In addition, many of our graduates start their own companies.

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With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is innovating today what will impact tomorrow’s solutions to meeting our energy needs, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems. We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs. Our actively growing program has 8 faculty members and almost 90 graduate students. In the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, nuclear engineering students can take advantage of the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the longest operating university research reactor in the country. Visit for more information.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519