DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Sergey Nersesov, PhD, and Hashem Ashrafiuon, PhD, in the lab with autonomous vehicles.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a dynamic scholarly community of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty immersed in mechanics and materials, thermal fluid systems, and dynamics and controls.

Our highly-acclaimed professors excel in both the classroom and laboratory in specialties including biomechanics, mechatronics, nanomaterials, renewable energy and more.

At a Glance

  • 22 Full-time faculty members
  • 297 Undergraduates
  • 50 Master's students
  • 45 PhD students

All students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success.

 

OUR RESEARCH

The Mechanical Engineering Department is associated with three of the College’s six research centers:

Center for Nonlinear Dyanamics and Control (CENDAC)

CENDAC is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary teams working on real-world applications—including security, mobility and healthcare—of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory.

The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2)

A National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, ES2 develops methodologies, tools and systems to maximize energy efficiency for the operation of data centers.

Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS)

VCADS develops new tools and techniques for analytics of dynamic systems with applications in engineering, medicine and finance.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Students at all levels are encouraged to pursue research opportunities with Mechanical Engineering faculty in the areas of:

  • Novel nanomaterials
  • Data center efficiency
  • Dynamic control of unmanned vehicles
  • Swarm robotics
  • Advanced energy storage
  • Biomimetic materials

FEATURED FACULTY

DEPARTMENT NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Engineering Professor’s Research Unveils the Evolution of the Design of Boats with Sails

Engineering Professor’s Research Unveils the Evolution of the Design of Boats with Sails

New research findings show how the shape of boats has evolved over thousands of years to a single design: height equals length. This is a striking finding because the evolution happened regardless of purpose, culture or age, explains Dr. Sylvie Lorente, College of Engineering Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and coauthor of “Convergent Evolution of Boats with Sails.”

Brooklyn Curtin and Julie Kasunic present the proposal for a variable-delay polarization modulator re-designed for the CLASS telescope, on which they are in collaboration with Dr. David Chuss of the Physics Department.

Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Teams Awarded ASME Grants

Four teams of senior Mechanical Engineering were awarded $600 grants from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Philadelphia section, for their capstone design projects.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Publish, Present and Win Conference Awards

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Publish, Present and Win Conference Awards

This fall, doctoral and master’s degree students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering garnered conference awards for best papers and posters, as well as advances in their fields of study. They also co-authored 17 journal publications.