students with Volvo intelligent truck

Transportation Systems

We are researching advanced transportation systems that lead to safer and more economical solutions.

Several faculty are researching transportation efficiency, including exploring new battery systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. Other faculty are working on projects to improve vehicle safety, crash and rollover dynamics, and robotics. Some of our faculty have affiliations with the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, which studies transportation infrastructure and operations, systems and safety, bus transport, and travel terrain.

Labs, Centers, and Groups

Electrochemical Engine Center

Electrochemical Engine Lab
Chao-Yang Wang

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group

Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group Image
Sean Brennan

Pangborn Advanced Controls Lab

Computational Biomechanics
Herschel Pangborn

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab

Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab
Jacqueline O’Connor

Smart City Laboratory

Satadru Dey

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group

Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group
Steve Lynch, Karen Thole



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