Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate Studies

Do you want the entire scientific and technological world to be your playground? Looking to carry out research that spans more than one discipline or eventually engender an entirely new area of scientific and technological research? If your answer is “yes” to any or all of these questions, then you should consider a graduate degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics.

Whether you are pursuing a profession in industry, academia, government, or public service, the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics provides unique and outstanding opportunities for graduate studies, as well as research in cutting-edge science and technologies.

Our Graduate Degree Programs

What can you expect as a graduate student?

World-class Faculty

Graduate students in engineering science and mechanics conduct innovative research with a diverse, award-winning faculty on interdisciplinary programs that address society’s grand challenges.

  • More than 30 full-time faculty
  • ESM faculty includes 45 fellows in 26 professional societies, plus a Jefferson Fellow with the U.S. Department of State
  • Faculty and students have authored more than 50 issued patents
  • Faculty have formed nine spin-out companies since 2002
  • Department Head Judith Todd received the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President George W. Bush
  • Faculty deliver invited seminars, lecture worldwide, and organize conferences and workshops at Penn State, as well as all around the United States and internationally

Leading-edge Research Areas

First-rate Facilities

ESM graduate students have access to a multitude of first-rate facilities to support their research.

  • 20,000 square feet of laboratory space in four buildings
  • Nanotechnology Education and Utilization
  • Neural Engineering
  • Corrosion Research
  • Innovative Sintered Products
  • Engineering Nano Characterization
  • Multiscale Wave-Materials Interactions
  • Microwave Processing and Engineering
  • Mechanical Behavior
  • Fourier Optics and Laser

Active and Engaged Student Body

  • Our graduate students take part in national and international conferences, and organize their own annual research symposium
  • The Engineering Science and Mechanics Graduate Student Council enhances the academic and social experience of graduate students within the department
  • Teaching assistants and research assistants frequently travel to conferences to deliver presentations and receive awards, and they author up to 200 refereed publications.

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523