Product Design and Manufacturing

Collage of product prototypes

The product design and manufacturing (PDM) research supergroup focuses on fundamental research and advancements of design methodologies and manufacturing processes of smart-enabled devices. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: 

  • Additive Manufacturing: Processing science and inter-disciplinary applications 
  • Hybrid Manufacturing: Seamlessly integrating value-added processing with Additive Manufacturing 
  • Engineering Design Methods  
  • IoT-enabled Smart Devices 
  • Design for X - DfX 
  • Human-machine Systems 
  • Interdisciplinary Design 

PDM Sample Work

  • 3D sand-printing, multi-material additive manufacturing, 3D electronics embedding: Guha Manogharan
  • Physiological signals of design, expert design behavior, artificial intelligence as design facilitator: Jessica Menold
  • Origami-based mechanisms, flexible orthopedic implants, shape-conforming devices: Jared Butler
  • Inclusive approaches in human machine systems and design, design insight through eye-tracking and sensorsTahira Reid Smith
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

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