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About the Department

Faculty Group Photo Fall 2017

At the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, we serve more than 650 undergraduate students and almost 300 graduate students. The department's faculty members are actively involved in providing a hands-on education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Our faculty and students engage in cutting-edge research with support from industry and federal agencies. Annual research expenditures are more than $500K per faculty member, per year. Our research programs are especially strong in areas such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

The department's offices and facilities are located throughout many buildings on campus; department administration resides in the Reber Building. Faculty offices and laboratory facilities can also be found in Hammond, Leonhard, Research East, Engineering Unit E, the High Pressure Combustion Laboratory, and the NARCO Building in CATO Park.

Our mechanical engineering program continues to be one of the most popular at Penn State. U.S. News and World Report ranked Penn State's mechanical engineering undergraduate program 12th in the country for 2021. In 2022, the graduate program was ranked 15th among the 181 ranked mechanical engineering programs in the U.S.

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With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 800 undergraduate students, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering embraces a culture that welcomes individuals with a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Our faculty and students are 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.) graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Mechanical Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519