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Sean Knecht

Assistant Teaching Professor


  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design

124 Hammond Building


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Research Areas:

Engineering Design

Interest Areas:




  • BS, Aerospace Engineering, Penn State, 2005
  • MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, 2008
  • Ph D, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, 2012


Journal Articles

  • Timothy Brubaker, Kenji Ishikawa, Keigo Takeda, Jun-Seok Oh, Hiroki Kondo, Hiroshi Hazizume, Sean David Kencht, Sven G Bilen, Mararu H andri, , 2017, "Dynamic analysis of reactive oxygen nitrogen species in plasma-activated culture medium by UV absorption spectroscopy", Journal of Applied Physics, 122
  • Sean David Kencht, Raymond P Golingo, Brian A Nelson and Uri Shumlak, 2015, "Calculation of the equilibrium evolution of the ZaP flow Z-pinch using a four-chord interferometer", IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci, 43, (8)
  • Sean David Kencht, Weston Lowrie and Uri Shumlak, 2014, "Effects of a conducting wall on Z-pinch stability", IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci, 42, (6)

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - April 2020, "Low-temperature corona plasma discharge treatment of bacterial biofilms in the cardiovascular environment," (Sponsor: National Institutes of Health).
  • October 2016 - August 2018, "Microwave ignition of aluminum and steam," (Sponsor: Applied Research Laboratory).
  • January 2018 - December 2018, "Development of a Real-Time, Portable Photoacoustic Imaging System for Early Cancer Detection and Imaging," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Safety, August 2015
  • Committee Member, Scholarship and Research Integrity, August 2015

Service to External Organizations:

  • External Reviewer, Panelist, ASEE, January 2017



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952