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Vincent Meunier

Department Head of Engineering Science and Mechanics
P. B. Breneman Chair and Professor


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building


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Research Areas:

Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience; Density Functional Theory; Electronic Structure; Energy Storage; Quantum Materials; Raman Modeling




Vincent Meunier serves as P. B. Breneman Chair, department head, and professor of engineering science and mechanics. Before joining Penn State in 2022, he was an endowed chair and department head of the physics, applied physics, and astronomy department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Meunier is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Physical Society (APS), and the Institute of Physics (IOP). His research group develops and employs large-scale computational methods to examine the properties and functionalities of materials from an atomic level perspective. His approach focuses on examining the fundamental principles of condensed matter physics and the expression of quantum mechanics at the nanoscale. Of particular interest to Meunier are low-dimensional materials, including those with intriguing electronic transport properties. The research proceeds synergistically with engineers and experimentalists to optimize these materials, starting at the atomic level and targeting functionality. Meunier is also the editor-in-chief of the open access journal Carbon Trends.




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