Mechanical Program Accreditation

The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering at Penn State University Park and Penn State Scranton is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Mechanical Engineering Education Mission Statement

Cognizant of the unique mission of Penn State in the Commonwealth and the nation, our program endeavors to produce graduates who are capable of becoming productive citizens in modern society. The education provided encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of mechanical engineering and consists of technical content, interactive and participatory learning and consistent reinforcement of the skills and characteristics consistent with a successful professional.

The most important asset we bring to this mission is our faculty. We will leverage the rich background and research accomplishments of our faculty by making appropriate use of research results in the classroom.

In this endeavor, the primary focus is on the student. Through admission standards, professional advising and consistent and high expectations, we lead the students, through lecture and example, toward our common goal of life as a professional in our society.

ME Program Educational Objectives

(revised January 2024)

The overall educational objective of the Mechanical Engineering program is to help prepare our graduates to succeed and provide leadership in a range of career paths within their first five years. To that end we endeavor to maintain and continuously improve a curriculum that prepares our graduates to:

  1. Apply foundational knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity in engineering practice or in other fields.
  2. Grow as leaders while maintaining the highest societal responsibility and ethical standards in the global workplace.
  3. Develop thoughtful solutions through effective communication, collaboration, inclusivity and teamwork.
  4. Seek advancement in their knowledge and careers through continuing technical and/or professional studies.
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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