Research and Facilities: Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate research activities in the Department of Mechanical Engineering include:

  • Year-long Mechanical Engineering senior “capstone design” project*
  • University-funded undergraduate research projects (Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows)
  • Summer research fellowships funded by sponsored projects
  • Research opportunities sponsored by individual faculty in the areas of Solid Mechanics and Materials Science, Thermal/Fluid Systems, Dynamic Systems and Control, and Bioengineering

*These projects, many of which are sponsored by outside organizations, enable students to apply the engineering sciences towards a real-world application that usually includes analysis, fabrication and testing. These projects are presented to faculty and outside professional engineers during the final semester of the curriculum.

Students interested in research opportunities are encouraged to talk to their advisor.


Many Mechanical Engineering undergraduates are involved in conducting modern research alongside faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduates in the department’s high-tech laboratories, including:

Advanced Control Theory and Applications
Advanced Thermal and Fluid Systems
Biothermal Sciences
Cellular Biomechanics and Sport Science
Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics
Dynamic Systems
Mechanics of Materials and Processing
Mechatronics Systems
Multiscale System Analysis
Nano-Bio-Mechanical Characterization
Nanoengineering Multiphase/Interfacial Energy Transport (NovaNano)
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Thermal and Flow Management of Multiscale Systems
Unmanned Surface and Underwater Vessels

Visit each lab’s web page for research and facility highlights.