• Ph.D. Program Virtual Open House

MEAM Virtual Open House for Admitted Students
Friday, March 20, 2020
All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Departmental Welcome

10:15 a.m. Kevin T. Turner, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Jennifer R. Lukes, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
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11 a.m. Current MEAM PhD Student Panel During this session, current students will be available to talk about student life and answer any questions you may have.  There will also be an opportunity to breakout into smaller groups by general research areas within Mechanical Engineering.

Student Life Breakout Sessions

Mechanical Systems/Design
Jessica McWilliams
Walker Gosrich
Gedaliah Knizhnik
Ariella Mansfield

Lucia Korpas
Bryan Chem
Ranny Zhao
Sage Fulco

Thermal Fluids/Energy
Alissa Johnson
Rossiny Beaucejour
Jake Floyd



Meet y(our) faculty

MEAM is a very collaborative department.  Students enrolled in our program interact and have access to all of the faculty in our Graduate Group.  In addition to the private meetings with your future advisor (scheduled via e-mail directly), the following faculty are available and want to meet you as well.   We invite you to drop in on as many chats as you can during the times listed below.  We welcome you to join chats already in progress.

1-2 p.m. Dean Vijay Kumar’s Lab Meeting Concluded Vijay Kumar Lab
1-1:30 p.m. Dr. James Pikul Concluded Pikul Research Group
1-1:30 p.m. Dr. Jordan R. Raney Concluded Architected Materials Laboratory
1:30-2 p.m. Dr. Michael Posa Concluded Dynamic Autonomy and Intelligent Robotics (DAIR) Lab
1:30-2 p.m. Dr. Cynthia Sung Concluded Sung Robotics Lab
2-3 p.m. Dr. Mark Yim‘s ModLab Research Meeting Concluded ModLab
2-2:30 p.m. Dr. Paris Perdikaris  Concluded  
2-2:30 p.m. Dr. Kevin T. Turner Concluded Turner Research Group
2:30-3 p.m. Dr. M. Ani Hsieh Concluded Scalable Autonomous Robots (ScalAR) Lab 
3-3:30 p.m. Dr. Igor Bargatin Concluded Bargatin Group
3-3:30  Dean Vijay Kumar Concluded Vijay Kumar Lab
3:30-4 p.m. Daniel E. Koditschek Concluded Kod*lab
3:30-4 p.m. Dr. Robert W. Carpick Concluded Carpick Group
4-4:30 p.m. Dr. Pedro Ponte Castañeda

Meet your future colleagues

The best thing about the MEAM department is our students.  All graduate students in the department are members of the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association (MEGA).  MEGA invites you to drop into the sessions below to allow them the opportunity to tell you about the student community.  Feel free to join sessions already in progress.

12-4 p.m. Michael Sobrepera is a graduate student in the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab.  Michael invites you to come hang out with him as he works from his home office. Concluded
12-2 p.m.  David Levine (MEAM Ph.D. student, 3rd year) from the Turner Research Group & Pikul Research Group will be hosting a chat to talk about his research in soft robotics and life as a graduate student at Penn. Bring a coffee and come chat! Concluded
1-2 p.m. The Turner Research Group invites prospective students to a virtual coffee hour to answer questions about our lab or just to chat. Feel free to join us at any time! Concluded
2-4:00 p.m.
Chengyang Mo performs research in the Architected Materials Laboratory and is looking forward to meeting you.
3:30-4:30 p.m
The SCALAR LAB invites you to a Virtual BYOD (bring your own drink) with admitted students from multiple departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
5-6:30 p.m.
Alissa Johnson  of the Pikul Research Group, is available to answer questions or just to chat. Feel free to sign-on and say hi!
8-9 p.m.
What is diversity? Who does it include?

The word “diversity” is utilized by various organizations from Universities to Industry. But what does it mean to be diverse? Who is included?  The University of Pennsylvania is comprised of students from all walks of life with various cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, race, gender, religions, orientations and so much more.   Join current Penn Ph.D. students for a conversation on how they view diversity, their experiences with diversity, and what life is like in the city of Philadelphia.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have an honest conversation with Penn students! This will be engaging, fun, and enlightening.

This event is open to everyone!
Event Contacts: Rossiny BeaucejourLucia Korpas

Saturday, March 21, 2020

5-7 p.m Virtual Board Game night: Come join current MEAM Ph.D. students Alissa Johnson & David Levine at a Virtual Board Game night! Bring snacks, drinks, and come have fun! Concluded

We invite you to continue to explore on your own and take a virtual tour.

Architected Materials Laboratory at University of Pennsylvania
PI: Prof. Jordan R. Raney

Penn Center for Innovation
Self Healing Metal: Available Technology from the Penn Center for Innovation
Dr. James Pikul

A new way to fly, built up from the nanoscale
Dr. Igor Bargatin


A Tendon-Driven Origami Hopper Triggered
by Proprioceptive Contact Detection (2020 RoboSoft)
Cynthia Sung, Shu Yang, and Dan Koditschek’s Research Groups

Take a Tour of Dr. James Pikul‘s Lab

Y-Prize Competition 2018-2019: Embodied Logic
Dr. Jordan Raney’s Group

Singh Center for Nanotechnology


Just for fun 
GRASP Holiday Special “Flo needs a Bow”


Buzzing around PERCH…(more fun)

Experience University of Pennsylvania in Virtual Reality


Explore Penn by Interest


Philly in Bloom by Cory Popp


Experience Philadelphia via Drone Sunset over Philadelphia by Justin Parkansky


Save the date
Off-Campus Services Virtual Housing Fair
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Online: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm EST



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Life at Penn

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Thanks for visiting.  We hope to see you in the fall.