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Established in 1961, the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering has been recognized consistently as one of the top aerospace departments in the US. It is estimated that one in 25 holders of Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Aerospace engineers in the US graduated from Penn State. It's graduate and undergraduate courses are ranked 15th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. 

The department offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aerospace Engineering. The master’s level programs offered by the department are a two-year Master of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering (thesis-based program) and a one-year non-thesis program which leads to a Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) in Aerospace Engineering.

The M.S program is ideal if you want to delve deeper into a specific area of research by enrolling into a Ph.D. program after the completion of the M.S. The M. Eng. on the other hand suits students who want to pursue a career in aerospace related fields.

Area of Expertise:

  • list items Aircraft Icing
  • list items Signal Processing/Optics
  • list items Rotorcraft Engineering
  • list items Aeroacoustics
  • list items Multifunctional Structures and Nanomaterials 
  • list items Architectural Acoustics
  • list items Aeroacoustics
  • list items Vibrations
  • list items Medical Ultrasonics
  • list items Psychoacoustics, and Speech
  • list items Space Propulsion and Plasmas
  • list items Structural Dynamics and Adaptive Structures
  • list items Flight Control and Software
  • list items Experimental and Computational Aerodynamics
  • list items Intelligent and Autonomous Systems and UAVs
  • list items Hydroacoustics/Wave Propagation
  • list items Human-Machine Interface
  • list items Aerospace Vehicle Systems Engineering
  • list items Software Engineering
  • list items Thermoacoustics
  • list items Noise Control
  • list items Turbomachinery Propulsion and Heat Transfer
  • list items Computational Acoustics
  • list items Astrodynamics
  • list items Wind Energy
  • list items Electroacoustic Transducers
  • list items Structural Acoustics/Vibro-Acoustics
  • list items Physical
  • list items Physiological
  • list items Basic Underwater Acoustics
  • List of Labs: Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence



    The Penn State Architectural Engineering Department offers the oldest and continually accredited architectural engineering program in the US. The department offers a 5-year program leading to a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree (B.A.E). There are four options available in this program as specializations which are as follows - Construction, Lighting/Electrical, Mechanical and Structural. The department also offers an integrated Bachelor and Master of Architecture and integrated Bachelor and Master of Science in Architecture programs.

    There are three master’s level programs offered by the department - MS in Architecture, Master of Architecture and MS in Architecture and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE).

    MS in Architecture is research based and the major areas of focus are

    a) Culture, Society, Space

    b) Design Computing

    c) Material Matters

    d) Sustainability.

    The professional masters/Master of Architecture covers principles, techniques, histories, theories, and technologies.

    The course has a thesis option wherein a thesis needs to be submitted in the last semester. MS in Architecture + HDNRE degree caters to topics such as global climate change; sustainable energy, food, and fiber supplies; threats to biodiversity; water pollution and availability; genetic modification; and sustainable design. In addition, one can go for a doctoral program, that is, Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering after the completion of the Masters. The Ph.D. program in Architectural Engineering has the following areas as its key research interests - building construction, building illumination systems, building structural systems. The department boasts of having around 9 research laboratories and facilities.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Building Illumination and Electrical Systems
  • list items Building Structures
  • list items Building Mechanical and Energy Systems
  • list items Building Construction
  • list items Information Technology in Design and Construction
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Mid-Atlantic Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partner Center
  • list items Computer Integrated Construction Research Program
  • list items Indoor Environment Center
  • list items Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence
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    The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers Majors in Biotechnology.

    The course offers two options – General (GEN) and Clinical Laboratory Science (specifically for students who want to work as Clinical Laboratory Scientists). The Huck Institute of Life Sciences at Penn State in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers a Master Degree in Biotechnology. There is also an option of pursuing the integrated B.S./M.S. in Biotechnology.
    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Particulate Mechanics
  • list items Neural, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Engineering
  • list items Regenerative Functional Tissue Engineering
  • list items Stem Cells and Biomanufacturing
  • list items Water and Soil Resource Engineering and Management
  • list items Biologically-Based Energy
  • list items Products and Materials
  • list items Bioproduct Business and Marketing
  • list items Biomedical Imaging
  • list items Biomaterials and Nanomedicine in Drug Delivery;
  • list items Multi-Scale Biomechanics
  • list items Nanocellulosics
  • list items Medical Devices
  • list items Mechanobiology
  • list items Computational Biology, System
  • list items Network Modeling and Large Data Analysis
  • list items Sustainable Livestock Systems
  • list items Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
  • list items Agricultural Safety and Health
  • list items Agricultural Mechanization/Automation for Specialty Crops and Biomass
  • list items MEMS
  • list items Lab on a Chip and Nanotechnology
  • list items Synthetic Biology
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    Established in 1948, the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering is ranked in the 19th and 23rd  slots for their undergraduate and graduate programs respectively. The department offers a BS in Chemical Engineering. The John R. and Jeanette Dachille McWhirter Graduate Program in Chemical Engineering is a one-year non- thesis program leading to M.S. in Chemical engineering.

    This program helps students to explore areas of Thermodynamics, Transport, Reaction Kinetics, and so on. The department also offers a Ph.D. program where one can specialize in diverse fields such as nanotechnology, fuel and energy production, and bimolecular energy, to name just a few.

    Some of the research areas include Biotechnology and synthetic biology, Materials, and nanotechnology and energy and environment.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Energy and Environment
  • list items Materials Synthesis and Characterization
  • list items Membranes and Separation Technology
  • list items Catalysis and Chemical Kinetics
  • list items Polymers and Advanced Materials
  • list items Computational Chemistry and Molecular Simulation
  • list items Bioprocessing and Cellular Engineering
  • list items Bimolecular and Metabolic Engineering
  • list items Fluid Mechanics and Tribology
  • List of Labs: Electrochemical Engine Center


    Civil and Environmental 

    Established in the year 1881, the Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is recognized as one of the top engineering departments at Penn State. In 2018, all the programs offered by the department were ranked in the top 20 in the US News and World Report rankings. In fact, its graduate program in Civil Engineering is ranked No 17, while its undergraduate program is ranked even higher at 14.

    For civil engineering, the undergraduate department offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and its courses include environmental, geotechnical and materials, structural, transportation and water resources engineering. The two-year Graduate Degree includes a Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering (M.Eng). The department also offers a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. 

    For Environmental Engineering, the department offers an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Environmental Engineering which can be completed in a year. The school also offers a doctoral program, that is, a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. There are no undergraduate offerings in Environmental Engineering in this department. The graduate programs in Environmental Engineering rank 17. 
    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Geotechnical Engineering
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Materials Engineering
  • list items Structural Engineering
  • list items Transportation Engineering
  • list items Water Resources Engineering
  • list items Energy Science and Engineering
  • list items Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering & Subsurface
  • list items Mining Engineering and Industrial Health and Safety
  • list items Energy Systems Engineering & Energy Economics
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Protective Technology Center
  • list items Pennsylvania Housing Research Center
  • list items Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute
  • list items Larson Transportation Institute
  • list items Hydrogen Energy Center
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the year 2015. The undergraduate department in Computer Engineering is ranked 23 nationwide, while the Graduate Department is at 21. The department offers a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science. In terms of graduate courses, the department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Computer Science and Engineering as well as M.Eng. in Computer Science and Engineering. The latter is achieved after an intensive year of study.

    Most students after a graduate degree go on for a Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering. Exceptional students who have completed their B.S. can also apply for this program. Research areas in this department include Biomedical Devices and Systems, Computer Architecture and Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence. In addition to the courses in Computer Science as described above, this department offers a 4-year B.S. program in Electrical engineering. The Electrical Engineering Department has two courses in its graduate program leading to the M.S degree.

    The first is a regular two-year M.S. in Electrical Engineering program. The second is a one-year program leading to the M.S. degree in electrical engineering which can be completed in one year by taking more courses during the fall and spring semesters and one course in the summer. The research areas under the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering program include Biomedical Devices and Systems, Electronics Materials and Devices, and Integrated Circuits and Systems.
    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Design for Human Variability
  • list items Innovation Management
  • list items Design Innovation
  • list items Engineering Design Pedagogy
  • list items Design Automation and Optimization
  • list items Design Theory and Methodology
  • list items Data-Driven Design
  • list items Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • list items Engineering Leadership Development;Design Decision-Making
  • list items Systems Design
  • list items Design for the Developing World
  • list items Simulation-Based Design Under Uncertainty
  • list items Product-Service Systems Design
  • list items Design Cognitio
  • list items Quantum Computing
  • list items Operating Systems and Programming Languages
  • list items Mobile Computing; Signal and Imaging Processing
  • list items Optical and Photonic Materials and Devices
  • list items Power Systems
  • list items Remote Sensing and Space Systems
  • list items Bioinformatics
  • list items Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems
  • list items Communications
  • list items Electromagnetics
  • list items Algorithms
  • list items Networking and Distributed Systems
  • list items Computer Vision
  • list items Control Systems
  • list items Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems
  • list items Information Theory
  • list items Data Science
  • list items Electronic Materials and Devices\
  • list items Security
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory
  • list items Computational Electromagnetics and Antennas Research Lab
  • list items Photonics for Communication, Sensing, and Illumination Center
  • list items International Center for Actuators and Transducers
  • list items Center for Machine Learning and Applications
  • list items Institute of Networking and Security Research
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    Industrial Engineering

    The Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University was established in 1908, and it boasts of being the first industrial engineering department in the world. Not surprisingly, its undergraduate program is ranked no. 9 nationwide, while the graduate program is at no. 7. This most sought-after department offers an undergraduate program leading to a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. The graduate school offers a regular two-year program leading to an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering (thesis and non-thesis M.S. options). Further, this school offers a dual degree of M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and a one-year Master's Degrees in Additive Manufacturing and Design. The Ph.D. program in Industrial Engineering offers the following areas as specializations - human factors and ergonomics, operations research, manufacturing, operations, services, and analytics.  

    Areas of Expertise:  

  • list items Manufacturing Process Modeling
  • list items Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Control
  • list items Power Grids and Energy Modeling
  • list items Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • list items Human-Centered Design
  • list items Healthcare Systems Engineering
  • list items Operations Research and Data Analytics
  • list items Six Sigma
  • list items Additive Manufacturing
  • list items Service Systems Engineering
  • list items Supply Chain Engineering
  • List of Labs:

  • list items Center for Service Enterprise Engineering
  • list items Center for Health Organization Transformation
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    Material Science

    The Penn State Department of Material Sciences and Engineering is Ranked no. 12 and no. 11 for its graduate and undergraduate programs respectively in the US by US News. One of the premier research facilities in the nation, the Millennium Science Complex (MSC), is a 275,600 square-foot science building housing one of the university's top research organizations—the Materials Research Institute.

    The department offers a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering. The master’s program, that is, M.S. in Material Science and Engineering is of two types - a two-year thesis-based program and an accelerated M.S. degree program which can be completed in one calendar year. The doctoral program called Penn State’s Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Materials Science and Engineering (iMatSE) gives students the opportunity to be mentored one-on-one by the professors. Also, it allows the research student to pursue core coursework taught by the department as well as electives offered by other departments. 
    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Ferroelectrics; 2D Materials
  • list items Polymers
  • list items Computational Materials Science
  • list items Glass Science and Engineering
  • list items Chemistry of Materials
  • list items Biomaterials; Electrochemistry
  • list items Materials for Energy
  • list items Metals
  • list items Physics of Materials
  • list items Semiconductors
  • list items Optical Materials
  • list items Composites
  • list items Ceramics
  • list items Nanomaterials
  • list items Additive Manufacturing
  • list items Materials for Sustainability
  • list items Analysis and Characterization of Materials
  • list items Piezoelectric Materials
  • List of Labs: Center for Dielectrics and PiezoElectrics; Materials Research Institute; Center for Computational Materials Design


    Mechanical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering offered by the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering continues to be one of the most popular programs at Penn State. In 2018, US News & World Report ranked Penn State's Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program 17th in the country. In 2019, the graduate program was ranked 14th. The department offers a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and also a dual B.S. degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering.

    The Graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering include a two-year M.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center and Energy Nanostructure Lab are few of the renowned research centers this department harbors. 
    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Advanced Manufacturing
  • list items Emerging Manufacturing Processes for Materials
  • list items Tissues and Devices
  • list items Controls and Optimization
  • list items Energy Storage and Energy Systems
  • list items Dynamic Systems, Acoustics and Vibrations
  • list items Mechatronics
  • list items Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • list items Smart Materials
  • list items Multi-Scale Computations
  • list items Turbomachinery
  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Nanoscience and Engineering
  • list items Nature Inspired Engineering
  • list items Design and Optimization
  • list items Energy Infrastructure, Storage and Devices
  • list items Brain Science and Neural Engineering
  • list items Multiscale and Multiphysics Modeling
  • list items Multiphysics Modeling/Computational Analysis
  • list items Optoelectronics, Photonics and Lasers
  • list items Combustion and Propulsion
  • list items Advanced Materials and Devices
  • list items Thermal management
  • list items Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics
  •  Two-Phase Flows; Structural and Human Health Monitoring

    List of Labs:

  • list items High-Pressure Combustion Laboratory
  • list items Center for Combustion, Power, and Propulsion
  • list items Turbine Heat Transfer and Aerodynamics Group
  • list items Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center
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    Pure Sciences

    The Eberly College of Science at Penn State offers a plethora of courses in pure sciences.

    The College has courses offers degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and also a pre-medical program. Most of these programs are offered by the majority of colleges of Penn State spread across the state, though the main campus remains the most popular.

    List of Labs:

  • list items Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization
  • list items Center for Neural Engineering
  • list items Radiation Science
  • list items Engineering Center