student working in the lab

Sensors and Controls

We are working to provide new sensors in monitoring health, energy, and manufacturing.

Our faculty are applying new sensors and developing unique control algorithms to improve many devices, manufacturing processes, and systems. Mathematically describing systems to allow new sensors and controls to be developed requires multi-disciplinary expertise.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Bio-Motion Systems Lab

Bio-Motions Systems Lab
Jean-Michel Mongeau

Control and Automation for Intelligent Systems

Ilya Kovalenko

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab

Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
Zoubeida Ounaies

Gait Optimization Lab

Anne Martin

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group Image
Sean Brennan

Locomotion Biomechanics and Control Lab

Locomotion and biomechanics and control lab
Bo Cheng

Magneto-Active Composites and Structures Lab

Magneto active Composites and Structures Lab
Paris von Lockette

Mechatronics Research Lab

Mechatronics Resesarch Lab
Chris Rahn

Nanomechanical Systems Laboratory

nanomechanical systems lab
Aman Haque

Pangborn Advanced Controls Lab

Computational Biomechanics
Herschel Pangborn

Smart City Laboratory

Satadru Dey

Nanomechanical Systems Video
Control Optimization Lab Video
Electroactive Materials Characterization Video


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