The Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics undergraduate curriculum gives our students hands-on, real world lab work in addition to a strong background in theoretical knowledge. The addition of interactive, design-centered assignments is creating educational experiences that are preparing Penn’s mechanical engineers for the problems they will solve in industry and research.

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2021 CAREER Award Recipient: Celia Reina

Celia Reina, William K. Gemmill Term Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, recently received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for interdisciplinary research spanning mechanical engineering, statistical physics and machine learning. The Award will fund Reina’s research and multiple associated outreach initiatives designed to increase gender, racial and socioeconomic diversity in STEM. Read More

Watch the Winners of the 2021 Senior Design Competition

Each year, Penn Engineering’s seniors present their Senior Design projects, a year-long effort that challenges them to test and develop solutions to real-world problems, to their individual departments. The top three projects from each department go on to compete in the annual Senior Design Competition, sponsored by the Engineering Alumni Society, which involves pitching projects to a panel of judges who evaluate their potential in the market. While the pandemic made this year’s competition logistically challenging, students and organizers were able to come together virtually to continue the tradition. Read More

‘No battery? No problem.’

James Pikul, assistant professor in Penn Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and lab member Min Wang recently hosted Philadelphia Inquirer science reporter Tom Avril at the Singh Center, showing off their latest creation: a miniature robotic car that “eats metal and breathes air.” Read More


‘The Experience Beyond the Internship’

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‘The Hills Are Alive With the Flows of Physics’

07.08.2021 | Read More

Growing ‘Metallic Wood’ to New Heights

06.24.2021 | Read More

MEAM Events

MEAM Seminar: “Some Investigations of Phase Transitions in Rod-like Macro-molecules and Fibrous Gels”

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MEAM Seminar: “Exploiting Interface Patterning for Adhesion Control”

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MEAM PhD Thesis Defense: “Controlled Levitation of Nanostructured Thin Films for Sun-Powered Near-Space Flight”

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Welcome to Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) at Penn! We are a vibrant, dynamic, diverse, and interactive community. We focus on our high-caliber undergraduate and graduate programs, which combine rigorous education in the fundamentals with hands-on projects and research into novel problems and advanced applications.

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