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Tahira Reid Smith

Arthur L. Glenn Professor of Engineering Education
Associate Department Head for Inclusive Research and Education


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Engineering Design and Innovation

201 Reber Building






Conference Proceedings

  • Tahira Reid and Catherine Berdanier, 2023, "Design Sprints in Research: A Novel Approach for Enhancing the Professional Development of Graduate Students"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


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Service to External Organizations:




With more than 60 faculty members, 330 graduate students, and 1,000 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