Dr. Rungun Nathan is a Professor of Engineering at Penn State Berks, having started as an Assistant Professor in 2007. Previously, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. At Villanova he was responsible for developing the Mechatronics minor for undergraduates. The design elective in Mechatronics combined theory and a hands-on lab, which has been shown by educational research to be an effective tool in engaging students in learning. He also dedicated a lot of time in teaching related activities, which led to the development of several learning modules using various multimedia technologies. He has introduced differentiated instruction in the mechanics courses and helped improve and bring in the use of newer techniques to advance student learning.
At Penn State he has developed two new courses. EMET 230 (Computerized Input/Output) and EMET 326 (Mechanical Drives). EMET 230 discusses several important aspects of interfacing the real world to computer using a DAQ system. This class is very hands on and includes a final project. EMET 326 is a course that talks about Kinematics, Cams, Gears, Belts and Fluid power systems (both pneumatic and hydraulic). Currently he is working as a member of the committee looking into bringing a four year mechanical degree to the Berks Campus.
Dr. Nathan's research interests are in the areas of unmanned vehicles (ornithopters, frisbees, Samara seeds, cars), mechatronics, 3-D mems, biomechanics and teaching with technology. At Penn State Berks he directs the Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has several undergraduate students involved in his research. He is the faculty adviser for the Robotics club.
With his collaborator and friend Dr. Qianhong Wu (CBMSS Lab , Villanova University) he works on several projects relating to Lift in Porous Materials and has so far graduated three Masters Students and published several papers. With his other collaborator and friend Dr. Sergey Nersesov (Villanova University) he has worked on projects related to control of RTAC test bed using energy based controllers. This work has resulted in one graduate student with a Masters and a few papers.
Dr. Nathan is an active member of ASEE and ASME. He is a reviewer for ASEE (Mechanics Division, Education Research Methods, New Engineering Educators), Frontiers in Education Conference, ASME, Journal of Engineering Education, Haptics Journal.
Lang, J., Nathan, R., Zhou, D. Zhang, X., Li, B., and Wu, Q. Cavitation causes brain injury, Physics of Fluids 33, 031908 (2021). DOI:/10.1063/5.0041139
Lang, J., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. How to deform an egg yolk? On the study of soft matter deformation in a liquid environment. Physics of Fluids Volume 33, Issue 1 (2021). DOI: 10.1063/5.0035314
Zhu, Z., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. On the Gravity-Driven Sliding Motion of a Planar Board on a Tilted Soft Porous Layer, Tribology Letters Volume 67 (2019) Issue 4, pp 126 (1-12). DOI: 10.1007/s11249-019-1238-8
Zhu, Z., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. Multiscale Soft Porous Lubrication, Tribology International Volume 137 (2019) pp 246-253. DOI: 10.1016/j.triboint.2019.05.003
Ji, L., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. Experimental Study of Transient Squeezing Film Flow. Journal of Fluids Engineering, Volume 141 (2019) Issue 8, DOI: 10.1115/1.4042758
Wang, Q., Zhu, Z., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. On the study of fluid flow in a soft porous media using a scaled-up indenter. European Journal of Mechanics - B/Fluids, Volume 76 (July-August 2019), pp 332 - 339 DOI:10.1016/j.euromechu.2019.03.012
Ji, L., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. Theoretical and experimental study of transient squeezing flow in a highly porous film. Tribology International, Volume 135 2019, pp 259-268. DOI:10.1016/ j.triboint.2019.02.046
Wang, Q., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. Wang, Q. On the Fluid Pressurization in Soft Porous Media, a Correction to the Current Theoretical Models. Journal of Porous Media, Volume 22 (2019) Issue 11. DOI: 10.1615/JPorMedia.2019024717
Zhu, Z., Nathan, R., and Wu, Q. An experimental study of the lubrication theory for highly compressible porous media, with and without lateral leakage, Tribology International Volume 127 (2018), pp 324-332 DOI: 10.1016/ j.triboint.2018.06.016
Mahoney, J., and Nathan, R. Mechanical Vibrations Modal Analysis Project with Arduinos. ASEE Computers in Education, Volume 8 (2017) Issue 4.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
M.S., Systems Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
DIISc, Electronics Design Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Banglore, India
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, PESCE, Mysore University, India