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Engineering symposium highlights undergraduate research experiences


Undergraduate students from across Penn State and the world capped off their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs with a research symposium on July 30.

Research team receives grant to commercialize 3D-printed concrete system


Researchers at Penn State believe that using 3D-printing technologies to transform concrete construction processes and add new capabilities may radically transform the construction industry and reduce its carbon footprint.

International leaders convene at Penn State to map future of nuclear power


To continually support the safety and efficiency of the world’s power supply, international leaders in nuclear safety and regulation convened at Penn State on July 1 to establish and guide an upcoming research project to be conducted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Eric and Janet Branyan endow professorship, excellence fund in engineering


New avenues for cutting-edge research and outstanding student experiences in Penn State's Department of Mechanical Engineering are being made possible thanks to a gift from Eric and Janet Tomajko Branyan.

Thole honored for technical contributions, commitment to diversity in aerospace


Karen A. Thole, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Penn State, has been awarded the 2019 Air Breathing Propulsion Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Artificial heart lab demonstrates the impact of undergraduate research


While graduate students and faculty are known for their research work, undergraduates also make significant contributions to the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering's research portfolio.

First-of-its-kind graduate course tackles legal issues in additive manufacturing


To prepare the industry’s next trailblazers, a new course in the Penn State Additive Manufacturing and Design (AMD) graduate program is seeking to address them head-on.

O'Connor presents at international conference, shares insights in laser diagnostics


On June 24, Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State, delivered an invited presentation at the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Laser Diagnostics in Energy and Combustion Science, highlighting her work in laser diagnostics in engine technologies.

Students, professor build specialized scanner to bring paintings to life


When Yi Yang was a doctoral student, he frequented art museums but grew frustrated with the inability of patrons to closely examine paintings and the artists' techniques. After some thought, he realized that a laser imaging system like the one in his lab could be used to capture the 3D surface profiles of artwork.

ME professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers


Tak-Sing Wong named an outstanding engineer who shows exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Scholarship brings student's additive manufacturing expertise to Germany


Maryam Tilton, a doctoral student studying mechanical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a prestigious opportunity to conduct research in the country funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

NSF grant unites cross-campus researchers to study and optimize flying robots


Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently received a $389,919 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate, explore and innovate new flying mechanisms for micro air vehicles (MAVs) to better mimic the performance and agility of flying animals.

Heat transfer, additive manufacturing powers NSF graduate research fellow


Michael Bichnevicius, recent mechanical engineering graduate, helps harness heat transfer in undergraduate research.

Measuring flying comfort: researchers investigate airplane seat accommodation


How to meet the seat needs of airline passengers isn’t something that has been quantified, so a team of researchers at Penn State set out to measure seat accommodation.

NSF Fellowship sets mechanical engineering student in motion


Claire Rodman studies mobility issues to improve wearable robotics for stroke, cerebral palsy patients.

Penn State startup, spotLESS Materials, wins $367K in pitch competition


spotLESS Materials LLC, a startup company developed from research conducted in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, won third place and $367,500 at the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) on April 6.

Mechanical engineering student earns prestigious DoD SMART scholarship


Seth Tau’s work in optimizing off-road vehicle dynamics in uncertain environments targets increased safety, efficiency for military vehicles.

Penn State named key partner in Federal Highway Administration project to study truck platooning


Truck platoons, or groups of vehicles traveling together on a roadway in a flock, have the potential to increase both road capacity and fuel efficiency. The adoption of autonomous driving technology could boost these benefits even more.

ROTC student marshal ready to engineer military tech, systems


Being both a mechanical engineering student and an ROTC member preparing for his military service was a challenging, but rewarding, experience for Christian Stout.

Academic excellence, UAV experience propel mechanical engineering student marshal to success


Kimberly Hunt, an outstanding student at Penn State, has been selected as the student marshal representing the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the spring 2019 commencement ceremony.

Amazon CFO shares insights, advice with engineering and business students


In early April, Brian T. Olsavsky, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) at Amazon, returned to his alma mater, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering to receive an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award – and managed to inspire some students along the way.

Grant to study how driver behavior is impacted by autonomous vehicle technology


Penn State researchers aim to develop a driver-in-the-loop vehicle simulator tool in order to better understand the effects that Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology has on commuting behavior, thanks to a $60,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant.

Mechanical engineering student earns Alumni Dissertation Award


Jacob Snyder’s work in harnessing additive manufacturing could influence the next generation of energy-efficient gas turbines.

Ounaies receives 2019 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring award


The Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award was created in memory of Rosemary Schraer, former associate provost for Penn State. It honors a current University employee who exemplifies Schraer's giving of herself as a mentor. This year’s recipient is Zoubeida Ounaies.

Student-engineered rocket creates launchpad for experience


After 18 months of painstaking design and construction, a team of engineers witnessed equipment they built take to the skies, attached to a rocket launched in Norway. But they weren’t NASA scientists - they were undergraduate students in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Gala recognizes past and present to celebrate the future of Penn State ME


On April 7, the past, present, and future distinguished voices of Penn State Mechanical Engineering gathered at the Nittany Lion Inn for a celebratory evening.

Capstone course seeks to inspire humanitarian-focused engineers through arts-informed practice


The senior capstone design course is a culminating experience for undergraduate seniors in the Penn State College of Engineering, where interdisciplinary teams take an idea from concept to reality. By fusing their academic knowledge and experiences to tackle a real-world problem, the students prepare themselves as the next generation of engineers.

ARPA-E awards Penn State $4.7M for advancing sensor integration in gas turbines


Gas turbine manufacturers are embracing additively manufactured parts to reach higher efficiencies. The most pressing question, to be addressed by this grant, is whether these parts can withstand the harsh operational environments in the “hot sections” of gas turbines.

Department of Mechanical Engineering recognizes exceptional student leaders


Several outstanding students in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering were honored in the E-Knowledge Commons on March 13.

Amazon CFO named Outstanding Engineering Alumnus


Brian T. Olsavsky, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) at, has been named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Mechanical engineering alumna honored with Early Career Engineering Award


Brianne Santarelli, business improvement lead at Air Products, has been awarded the 2019 Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society (PSMES) Early Career Award.

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety


Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to Penn State researchers.

Grad student awarded AT&T fellowship, using wireless tech to help innovate gas turbines


Eric DeShong, a doctoral student in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the 2019 AT&T Graduate Fellowship. To provide funding and recognition to outstanding graduate students conducting research with wireless data applications, DeShong is forging new knowledge into the efficiency and performance of gas turbines using an innovative telemetry system.

Entrepreneur, mechanical engineer alumnus tackles challenges in fluid dynamics


John Thomas, owner and founder of M-Star Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), spends his days developing software for pharmaceutical and chemical companies to optimize their process and engineering systems.

ME microcredentials prepare students to flourish with industry-applicable skills


In the fall of 2019, the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering began offering micro credentialing courses as a new way for students to broaden their skillset, tailor their education to prepare for their careers, and stand out to employers.

Classroom innovation strengthens writing skills of ME students


Strong communication skills have always been emphasized in the curriculum of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Penn State. However, a new initiative is flipping the script – and strengthening student outcomes.

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