ESM Today 2019: 16th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium

ESM Today, organized by the Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) Graduate Student Council, gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues, and faculty; exchange ideas across the various research disciplines; and hone their presentation skills.

Presenters are required to explain their work in a way that is easily understandable to both engineers and scientists who are not specialists in a presenter’s discipline. ESM also includes an Art in Science competition.

$2,600 in cash prizes will be awarded. (Cash prizes for participating ESM undergraduate and graduate students only.)

Judges will include ESM faculty and sponsored students. If you'd like to be a student judge, please email

For questions, please email

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Introduction by Judith Todd, P.B. Breneman Chair and Department Head
  • 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Christine Masters, assistant dean for Academic Support and Global Programs and ESM associate professor. Presentation title: "Life is what happens while you are making other plans."
  • 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Coffee Break
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Oral Presentations
  • 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Poster Presentations, and Art in Science Exhibition
  • 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Deliberations
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

*The Art in Science Exhibition will be held in Room 116

Keynote Speaker:

Christine Masters, ESM alumna, Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs, and ESM associate professor


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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