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.



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.


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



Dr. Aaron Wemhoff

Next-Gen Gaming Is an Environmental Nightmare |, 10/15/20

Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, director of Villanova’s Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems, is quoted in this article about the environmental effects of console waste plus energy-hungry cloud gaming.  

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Bo Li and Associate Professor Dr. Qianhong Wu

When Fluids Meet Nanomaterials: Establishing a Fluid-Assisted Nanomanufacturing

As the United States aims to revive its manufacturing industry, Mechanical Engineering professors Drs. Bo Li and Qianhong Wu have received a $499,957 NSF grant to develop a new field of fluid-assisted nanomanufacturing with applications in flexible electronics.

NovaVent Team

This Team Made a $500 Ventilator—but How Will It Be Used? |Wired, August 21, 2020

In March, Villanova Engineering’s Dr. C. Nataraj put together a volunteer SWAT team of engineering and medical talent to invent the ideal emergency ventilator that could operate with at least 80 percent of the function of a typical hospital ventilator, but at 20 percent or less of the cost. The development of NovaVent will benefit the developing world.