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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Two Penn Engineers Receive 2021 Lindback Awards

David F. Meaney and Kevin Turner are among the recipients of the 2021 Lindback Awards. Turner is the Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and a Professor in MEAM and Materials Science and Engineering. His research group’s interests include small-scale systems and interfaces, with most of their work centering around surface and interface mechanics in micro- and nano-scale systems. Read More

Even Without a Brain, Penn Engineering’s Metal-eating Robots Can Search for Food

James Pikul, assistant professor in Penn Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, is developing robot-powering technology that has the best of both worlds. His environmentally controlled voltage source, or ECVS, works like a battery, in that the energy is produced by repeatedly breaking and forming chemical bonds, but it escapes the weight paradox by finding those chemical bonds in the robot’s environment, like a harvester. While in contact with a metal surface, an ECVS unit catalyzes an oxidation reaction with the surrounding air, powering the robot with the freed electrons. Read More

Playing Safe

To answer the questions of if and how their musicians could play together safely, The Philadelphia Orchestra reached out to P.J. Brennan, the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Chief Medical Officer. Paulo Arratia, professor in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Douglas Jerolmack, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Arts & Science who has a secondary appointment in MEAM, were soon brought into the collaboration to investigate the dynamics that govern the path of aerosolized droplets as they leave an instrument. Read More


Alcohol-filtering Nanoscale Membranes Win Y-Prize 2021

05.12.2021 | Read More

Penn Engineering Commencement 2021

05.11.2021 | Read More

2021 CAREER Award recipient: Celia Reina

05.05.2021 | Read More

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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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