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

  • 23 Full-time faculty members
  • 310 Undergraduates (32% female)
  • 57 Master's students
  • 42 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 Dynamics 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

Dr. David Cereceda

Dr. David Cereceda Senas Receives Early Career Award from U.S. Department of Energy

The five-year, $750,000 grant will allow the assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering to advance research in fusion energy. Dr. Cereceda is one of just 83 recipients nationwide in 2022 and the first Villanova faculty member to receive the award.

Mechanical Engineering Project Puts Focus on Sustainable Eating

Mechanical Engineering Project Puts Focus on Sustainable Eating

With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Education Grant Program, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Aaron Wemhoff and a team of staff members and students are educating the Villanova community about Earth-friendly food choices.

Dr. Sylvie Lorente

Associate Dean Sylvie Lorente Joins Governing Body of European Research Council

As one of 22 distinguished members of the ERC’s Scientific Council, Dr. Lorente will help set the scientific strategy for the organization, which provides funding for groundbreaking research conducted within the European Union.