Herschel C. Pangborn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Herschel Pangborn joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State in January 2020. His research focuses on the dynamic modeling, design, and control of energy systems. Before earning his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019, he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2013 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois in 2015. During the second half of 2019, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Illinois. Dr. Pangborn is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the University of Illinois MechSE Graduate Teaching Fellowship, and the ASME Energy Systems Technical Committee Best Paper Award. 

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Postdoctoral Scholars

Gurjap Singh, Ph.D.
Research Topic: 
Energy storage and thermal management for spacecraft (co-advised with Alex Rattner)
 gbs5314 (at) psu (dot) edu
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Graduate Students

The PAC Lab is often seeking graduate students to join our team. Successful candidates should be self-motivated, curious, hard-working, and have a record of academic achievement. Please see the "join" page for more information about how to apply.

Seho Park

Jacob Siefert
Degree in Progress: 
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering 
Research Topic: 
Verification and Validation of Aircraft Electro-Thermal Systems
 jas7031 (at) psu (dot) edu
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Undergraduate Students

The PAC Lab is often seeking undergraduate students to join our team, including but not limited to Schreyer Honors Scholars interested in completing their honors thesis on a topic relevant to our research areas. Please see the "join" page for more information about how to apply.

Jason Lord
Degree in Progress: 
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 
Expected Graduation Date: 
May 2021 
Research Topic: 
Control-Oriented Modeling of Thermal Management Systems
 jkl5691 (at) psu (dot) edu
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