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

This Lifelike Brain Could Help Doctors Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

This Lifelike Brain Could Help Doctors Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury | Philadelphia Magazine, 10/2/2019

Mechanical Engineering professor Dr. Qianhong Wu has invented a "Smart Brain" that simulates exactly what happens in the brain during head injuries.

  • International Thermal Engineering Expert Joins Mechanical Engineering Faculty

    International Thermal Engineering Expert Joins Mechanical Engineering Faculty

    Dr. Sylvie Lorente joins Villanova University as the College of Engineering Chair in Mechanical Engineering. A native of France, she spent the past 20-plus years with the University of Toulouse, National Institute of Applied Sciences. She is known worldwide, however, for her research on flow systems, which has taken her from China and South Africa to Mexico and the United States. This spring, Dr. Lorente will teach a senior-level course in Constructal Theory and Design; next academic year, she hopes to teach a graduate course on heat transfer. read more

  • Department of Energy Program Provides Villanova Professor and Students with Research Opportunity

    Department of Energy Program Provides Villanova Professor and Students with Research Opportunity

    This summer, Dr. Bo Li, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Villanova University’s Hybrid Nano-Architectures and Advanced Manufacturing Lab, was selected for the Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, TN. The 10-week program provides faculty and their students with financial support as well as access to high-end facilities to conduct research in DOE’s areas of interest. read more

  • Flapping Wings and a Sense of Smell: How Insects Can Inform Tomorrow’s Robotics

    Flapping Wings and a Sense of Smell: How Insects Can Inform Tomorrow’s Robotics

    How do flying insects balance a sense of smell with aerodynamics to navigate their surroundings? And what can we learn from them that can be applied to unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles? Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Chengyu Li, PhD, is using computational fluid dynamics to find answers to those questions. read more

  • Villanova Engineering Earns Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Awards

    Villanova Engineering Earns Manufacturing PA Innovation Program Awards

    Three Villanova College of Engineering projects were among the 26 funded through the Manufacturing PA initiative. With faculty as the principle investigators, the program embeds graduate and undergraduate students with local manufacturers, where they embark on research projects to develop new technologies and advance innovation. read more

  • Professors Develop Means for Accelerating Fatigue Testing to Determine Structural Stability

    Professors Develop Means for Accelerating Fatigue Testing to Determine Structural Stability

    Dr. C. Nataraj, Mechanical Engineering professor and director of the Villanova Center for Analytics of Dynamic Systems, and Professor and Department Chair Dr. Sridhar Santhanam, have completed phase one of an industry-sponsored project to economize and reduce the time consumption of fatigue testing, the method by which aircraft companies test aircraft parts under varying loads to determine structural stability. read more

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sridhar Santhanam, Ph.D.

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

Fast Facts:

23

Full-time faculty

311

ME undergraduates

60

Master’s students

45

PhD students