The collections of the Penn Libraries support the research and teaching of the six departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS): Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Each department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Faculty from all departments are active in multiple research centers on campus including the Center for Engineering Cells and Regeneration (CECR); Center for Human Modeling and Simulation (HMS); General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab; Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME); Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS); Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM); Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB); Penn Center for Bioinformatics (PCBi); Penn Center for Energy Innovation (Pennergy); Penn Center for Molecular Discovery (PCMD); Penn Genome Frontiers Institute (PGFI); Penn Institute for Computational Science (PICS); Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE); Penn Research in Machine Learning (PRiML); the ViDi Center; and the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences.
- The Department of Bioengineering supports research in bioengineered therapeutics, devices and drug delivery; biomaterials; cardiovascular and pulmonary cell and tissue mechanics; cell mechanics; cellular, molecular, and tissue engineering; cellular, molecular, and medical imaging and imaging instrumentation; computational and experimental neuroengineering; imaging theory and analysis; injury biomechanics; orthopedic bioengineering; systems and synthetic bioengineering; and theoretical and computational bioengineering. A Master of Biotechnology Program is also offered.
- The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering supports research in advanced materials; catalysis and reaction engineering; cellular and biomolecular engineering; energy and environmental engineering; molecular simulation and thermodynamics; nanotechnology; soft matter and complex fluids; and chemical systems engineering.
- The Department of Computer and Information Science's key areas of scholarship are algorithms and complexity; computational biology and bioinformatics; computer architecture; computer graphics and animation; computer vision; formal methods and logic; logic and computation, databases and information management; machine learning; natural language processing; networked systems; programming languages and program analysis; real-time, embedded and cyber-physical systems; robotics; security and privacy; and computer programming languages.
- The key areas of scholarship in the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering include circuits; computer engineering; image processing; nanodevices and nanosystems; neural networks; signal processing; telecommunications; systems science and operations research including control systems, modeling, and optimization techniques; systems analysis; and civil systems, which includes transportation, structural, and environmental/resources systems. A Master in Telecommunications and Networking (TCOM) is also offered.
- Areas of research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering include: the chemistry, physics, electronic, and optical properties, theory and modeling, and mechanical behavior of materials, including biomaterials, ceramics, metals, polymers, nanostructured materials, and semiconductors; nanotubes and nanowires; application of materials in energy; electron and scanning probe microscopy; surfaces and interfaces; and X-ray and neutron scattering.
- Research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics concentrates on biomechanics; computational mechanics; fluid mechanics; mechanical systems including robotics, haptics, mechatronics, and microelectromechanical systems; mechanics of materials; micro- and nanomechanics; and thermal sciences and energy conversion.
The Laboratory for Research in the Structure of Matter (LRSM) draws
faculty and students from the SEAS and from the School of Arts and Sciences (Departments of Chemistry and Physi).