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Mark Atwater, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, Materials Science and Engineering
  • M.S., University of New Mexico, Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S., Pennsylvania College of Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Dr. Atwater’s education reflects his diverse engineering interests and emphasis on multidisciplinary and applied engineering. His varied experiences in manufacturing, materials, and design are incorporated throughout his work, and he teaches and conducts research with an emphasis both on fundamental scientific inquiry and near-term practical application. This approach has guided the development of patented processes for creating bulk nanofibrous carbon components through one-step processing and the production of micro and nanoporous metallic foams through scalable powder metallurgy techniques. He has additional experience in the stabilization and design of nanocrystalline alloys and employs mechanical alloying for the development of structural and functional applications. Ongoing interests include applications in catalysis, heat pipes, electrodes, and other functional components. He is a textbook author, CAREER grant recipient, and the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Distinguished Alumni award recipient. He is equally comfortable in a cleanroom, a classroom, or a machine shop.

Specialty Areas

  • Porous Metals/Metallic Foams
  • Carbon Nanofiber Synthesis and Application
  • Nanocrystalline/Nanostructured Alloys


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