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Labs, Centers, and Groups

Basak Laboratory

Amrita Basak

Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center

Battery and Energy Storage Technology Lab
Chris Rahn, Chao-Yang Wang, Donghai Wang

Biological and Robotic Intelligent Fluid Locomotion (Bio-Rob InFL) Lab

Bo Cheng

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Daniel Cortes

Bio-Motion Systems Lab

Bio-Motions Systems Lab
Jean-Michel Mongeau

Center for Innovative Materials Process through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D)

Center for Innovative Materials Process through Direct Digital Deposition
Tim Simpson

Computational Reacting Flows Lab

Computational Reacting Flows Lab
Yuan Xuan

Control and Automation for Intelligent System Lab

Ilya Kovalenko

Cryogenics Combustion Lab

Richard Yetter

Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Zoubeida Ounaies

Electrochemical Engine Center

Electrochemical Engine Center
Chao-Yang Wang

Electronics and Thermography Lab

Sukwon Choi

Energy Nanostructure Lab

Energy Nanostructure Lab
Donghai Wang

Engineering Cognitive Research Laboratory

Catherine Berdanier lab
Catherine Berdanier

Engineering Design and Optimization Group

Engineering Design and Optimization Group
Mary Frecker, Tim Simpson

Environmental and Biological Fluid Mechanics Lab

Margaret Byron

eXperimental Kinematics Lab

Experimental Kinematics Lab
H. Joseph Sommer

Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium

Robert Kunz, Laura Pauley

Flow Physics and Computational Research Lab

Rau Lab
Xiang Yang

Gait Optimization Lab

Anne Martin

Guimarães Instrumentation, Measurements, and Advanced Sensing Laboratory

Tamy Guimarães

Heat Exchange and Thermal Energy Research (HEATER) Laboratory

Brian Fronk


High Pressure Combustion Lab

Richard Yetter

Human-Centered Robotics Lab

Katie Fitzsimons

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

Sean Brennan

Interfacial Phenomena Lab

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Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado

Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research


Ryan Harne

Machine Dynamics Research Lab

Eric Marsh

Magneto-Active Composites and Structures Lab

Magneto active Composites and Structures Lab
Paris von Lockette

Mechanics and Materials Lab

Mechanics and Materials Lab
Jing Du

Mechatronics Research Lab

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Chris Rahn

Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy Lab

Multiscale Thermal Fluids and Energy
Alex Rattner

Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory

Aman Haque

OPEN Design Lab

OPEN Design Lab
Matthew Parkinson

Pangborn Advanced Controls Lab

Herschel Pangborn

Penn State Computational Biomechanics Group

Reuben Kraft

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab
Jason Moore

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab
Jacqueline O’Connor

Smart City Laboratory

Satadru Dey

Systems for Hybrid-Additive Process Engineering Lab

Guha Manogharan 

Technology and Human Research in Engineering Design (THRED)

Jessica Menold

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group
Steve Lynch, Karen Thole

Mathematical Modeling & Computational Physics Laboratory

David Williams

Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering

Wong Laboratory for Nature Inspired Engineering
Tak Sing Wong

Linxiao Zhu Group

Linxiao Zhu

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Graduate Progmras
Labs and Centers


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