Engineering Education

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The engineering education research (EER) supergroup focuses on empirical and theoretical work related to multiple factors within engineering education at the macro-, meso-, and micro-level. Projects span large-scale investigations considering graduate school persistence and experiences of thriving as well as more specific design-based research projects in individual courses conducted to improve students' metacognition in thermodynamics learning and students' experiences leveraging immersive technologies in in machine design. 

The EER supergroup also interfaces and collaborates with other departmental initiatives and committees such as undergraduate and graduate student support and professional development initiatives, equity and inclusion initiatives, curricular design and assessment, and other research supergroups.  

EER Sample Work

  • Research: Characterizing Postdoctoral Education, Mentorship, Gender, and Race in the Formation of Academic Engineers and Computer Scientists: Catherine Berdanier
  • CPS: Frontier: Collaborative Research: Cognitive Autonomy for Human CPS: Turning Novices into ExpertsTahira Reid Smith
  • Reflecting while doing: Integrating active learning and metacognitive activities in a fully online thermodynamics course: Andrea Gregg and Jackie O’Connor
  • Advancing Undergraduate Engineering Education with Real-world SignificancePansy Leung  
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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