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Mechanical Sciences

We are transforming materials into devices and systems that make our lives better.

The mechanical sciences area covers a breadth of research related to the fundamental topics of design, mechanics of materials, controls, vibrations, dynamics, mechatronics, robotics, solid mechanics, optimization, and manufacturing. These fundamental topics are being used to improve devices in fields such as biomedical, energy storage, and transportation through theoretical, experimental, and computational research.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab

Biomechanics and Imaging Lab
Daniel Cortes

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Zoubeida Ounaies

Engineering Design and Optimization Group

Engineering Design and Optimization Group
Mary Frecker, Tim Simpson

eXperimental Kinematics Lab

Experimental Kinematics Lab
H. Joseph Sommer

Gait Optimization Lab

Anne Martin

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

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Sean Brennan

Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research


Ryan Harne

Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab

Locomotion and biomechanics and control lab
Bo Cheng

Machine Dynamics Research Lab

Machine Dynamics Research Group
Eric Marsh

Magneto-Active Composites and Structures Lab

Magneto active Composites and Structures Lab
Paris von Lockette

Mechatronics Research Lab

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Chris Rahn

Mechanics and Materials Lab

Jing Du

Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory

nanomechanical systems lab
Aman Haque

OPEN Design Lab

OPEN Design Lab
Matthew Parkinson

Penn State Computational Biomechanics Group

Computational Biomechanics
Reuben Kraft

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab

Precision Medical Instrument Design Lab
Jason Moore

Systems for Hybrid-Additive Process Engineering Lab

Systems for Hybrid-Additive Process Engineering La
Guha Manogharan



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