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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Featured News

Bipedal Robot Navigates the Future

What has two legs, no torso, and hangs out in the basement of the Towne Building? It’s Cassie, a dynamic bipedal robot, a recent addition to the Dynamic Autonomy and Intelligent Robotics (DAIR) Lab of Michael Posa, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Read More

‘Robotic Blood’ Powers and Propels Synthetic Lionfish

James Pikul, assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has co-authored a recent paper in Nature with colleagues from Cornell University demonstrating a robotic lionfish that combines energy storage and movement through the use of a hydraulic liquid the team refers to as “robotic blood.” Read More

Paris Perdikaris’s Machine Learning Research on Nuclear Waste Featured by DOE

Paris Perdikaris, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, was featured in the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) ASCR Discovery for his research on using machine learning to predict nuclear waste leakage. Read More


Knowable Magazine Q&A with Mark Yim: “Robots Designed to Self-Construct”

02.10.2020 | Read More

Looking to Mud to Study How Particles Become Sticky

02.06.2020 | Read More

Penn and MIT Engineers Collaborate to Create Electroadhesive Grippers

01.29.2020 | Read More

MEAM Events

MEAM Seminar: “Robot Design Concepts for Intuitive Physical Human-Robot Interaction”

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MEAM Seminar: “Tackling Energy Sector Challenges with Interdisciplinary Research and Education Initiatives”

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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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