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 at the Forefront of Research in Advanced Liquid Cooling of Data Centers

    Villanova’s Dr. Al Ortega at the Forefront of Research in Advanced Liquid Cooling of Data Centers

    Cloud computing and AI applications are increasing demands in power consumption and heat dissipation in data centers. Because of the difficulty in cooling these hot electronic servers with air, cooling techniques using liquids are increasingly being adopted, and Dr. Al Ortega’s research in this area has propelled him to the forefront of the field. read more

  • Two Villanova Engineering Students Named Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

    Two Villanova Engineering Students Named Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

    Bridget Gile ’19 CE and Andrew Lee ’19 ME—are among the 68 students from around the world selected as part of the 2019 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. Both Gile and Lee have been accepted to PhD programs, in civil and environmental engineering and in materials science and engineering respectively, at Stanford School of Engineering. read more

  • Villanova Engineers Recognized as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows

    Villanova Engineers Recognized as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows

    Six Villanova University students and alumni, including four from the College of Engineering, have been recognized as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. read more

  • The ME Makerspace: Facility for Innovation and Student Advancement

    The ME Makerspace: Facility for Innovation and Student Advancement

    In 2018, the College of Engineering established a new Mechanical Engineering makerspace with funds donated by alumna Coleen Burke-Finney '90 ME and her husband Michael Finney. Equipped with 3-D printers, drill presses and soldering stations, the space provides students with a place to explore their creativity and innovation. 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

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