Energy Infrastructure, Storage, and Devices

Our faculty are involved in many aspects of energy production, distribution, and storage with crosscutting research in a number of scientific and engineering areas. Energy storage systems are based on mechanical, electromagnetic, and electrochemical principles.

High-strength composites are being developed for fly wheels that have high spin rates and extreme inertial forces. The mechanical degradation of high-energy battery electrodes is fundamentally linked to mechanical deformation during the charge-discharge cycle.

New capacitor structures are being developed for pulse power and power electronic systems with high energy densities, fast discharge times, and reliable operation under harsh environments. The electrochemistry of the corrosion processes of gas and oil pipelines is also being studied.

ESM faculty and postdoctoral and graduate students work closely with scientists and engineers from industry and government, and many of these institutions provide employment opportunities for our students after graduation.

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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