Department of Mechanical Engineering


Villanova University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1908 and is the largest undergraduate program, and third largest graduate program, in the College of Engineering.  All students enjoy small class sizes, practical, hands-on experiences, and the attention of professors who are fully committed to your success.

The department is associated with three of the College’s six research centers:

Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Control

Home to one of the highest concentrations of controls-oriented, interdisciplinary faculty in the region, CENDAC is distinguished by its strong interdisciplinary teams working on real-world applications of nonlinear dynamic systems and control theory. Visit the CENDAC site.

The Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

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. Visit the ES2 site.

Villanova Center for the Analytics of Dynamic Systems

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


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

  • Robotics
  • Unmanned vehicles
  • Biomedical topics including bone fracture mechanics and cryopreservation of tissues
  • Energy efficient building thermal design
  • Thermal management of electronics
  • Design and testing of thin film nanomaterials
  • Energy systems and high rate heat transfer
  • Health care diagnostics and management
  • Biomimetic materials design

 

NEWS

  • Villanova’s Dr. Al Ortega Appointed Associate Director of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

    Villanova’s Dr. Al Ortega Appointed Associate Director of the Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems

    Dr. Alfonso Ortega, the James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed to the new position of associate director of the multi-university National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2). In this role, he will assist the Center’s three university sites with strategic planning and aligning the overall ES2 vision with industry partners. read more

  • New Facility Gives Villanova Leading Edge in Nano-Manufacturing

    New Facility Gives Villanova Leading Edge in Nano-Manufacturing

    Some of the biggest ideas in the College of Engineering are being pursued in a facility dedicated to the world’s smallest materials. The new Nano-Manufacturing Lab is enabling frontline research in mechanical engineering, materials science, thermal science and more. The goal is to realize a state-of-art capability to engineer nanomaterials and nanostructures, and push nanomaterials toward real applications. read more

  • Beetlebots Destroy the Competition

    Beetlebots Destroy the Competition

    In what has become an annual competition, 150 sophomore mechanical engineering majors, working in teams, pitted their Beetlebots against each other in an arena-style fight to the death. read more

  • Villanova ES2 Research Center Exploring Solutions to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Data Centers

    Villanova ES2 Research Center Exploring Solutions to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Data Centers

    Villanova’s Center for Energy-Smart Electronic Systems (ES2), under the leadership of Dr. Aaron Wemhoff, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, is exploring the balance of economics, location, and environmental burden on data centers to develop strategies for minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sridhar Santhanam, Ph.D.

Chair
Dr. Sridhar Santhanam, Professor
Phone: 610-519-4996

Fast Facts:

Fast Facts:

23

Full-time faculty

311

ME undergraduates

60

Master’s students

45

PhD students