Penn Engineering Virtual Tour

Towne Building

Consider this your home base. Towne houses several key Penn Engineering facilities, including the Office of Academic Programs and other administrative offices, and Engineering departments. The building is a major feature of Smith Walk and 33rd Street. It is located within the University of Pennsylvania Campus Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"Fishbowl" Computer Lab – 1st floor Towne
One of four computer labs offering computing support and educational services for engineering students. Online and walk-in consulting support, wired and wireless networking, e-mail, web services, printing, and more.

The Accenture Café

A great place to meet a friend or to study between classes. You’ll find a variety of espresso-based drinks to keep you going. Or, for a quick snack, you can choose among fresh salads, sandwiches, and pastries.


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics instructional spaces for hands-on, real-time learning. Print 3D objects, use laser-cutting equipment, research aerodynamics in a wind tunnel, and work with advanced software programs, among many other opportunities.

Forman Active Learning Classroom

The Richard D. Forman Active Learning Classroom is a dynamic and engaging technology-enabled-classroom. A sleek and modern space, this collaborative teaching environment makes it easy for faculty and students to share their work. Instructors can use large screens to show the class what any single student is doing at their station, or alternatively, can push-broadcast large class lessons to everyone.

Singh Center for Nanotechnology

The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is the region’s premier facility for advanced research, education, and innovative public/private partnerships in nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. In both concept and design, the building is a beacon to scientists and researchers from Penn Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences who collaborate with industry partners to prototype new nanoscale devices.

Singh Nanotechnology Laboratories

Research here is critical to advancing both fundamental discovery and commercial applications, from nanoparticle drug delivery and new materials for solar panels to next-generation computer hardware. Among the high-performance and cutting-edge equipment is the first ACEM – aberration-corrected, energy-filtered microscope – to be installed in the greater Philadelphia area.

Levine Hall

The six floors of Melvin J. and Claire Levine Hall conveniently link the Towne and Moore Buildings. Levine is home to Weiss Tech House, computer labs, the Wu and Chen Auditorium, and the GRASP Lab. Additionally, several faculty offices and administrative offices for the department of Computer and Information Science are located here.

Weiss Tech House (Levine 266)

Students with a range of technological interests and skill come here to explore, collaborate, and learn as part of a student-run community of innovators. Would-be entrepreneurs and innovators take advantage of programs and such resources as lab space, funding, competition, and mentoring opportunities to develop and bring new technologies to market. Others volunteer on the half-dozen student committees, developing leadership skills and friendships that last well beyond graduation. The unique educational experience nurtures creativity and imagination in an action-oriented context that motivates learning and fosters critical problem-solving skills.

GRASP Lab, 4th floor Levine

GRASP – General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception – integrates computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The lab is located in the heart of the engineering building complex, with 7000 square feet and workspaces for 70 students or postdocs. Now a $10 million research center with impressive technological innovations, GRASP is home to pioneering researchers who are building autonomous vehicles and robots, developing self-configuring humanoids, and making robot swarms a reality.

Skirkanich Hall

Skirkanich is the home of the Department of Bioengineering. The building provides advanced laboratory space for the growing field of bioengineering, with a design that creates a greater connection between Penn Engineering and the overall Penn academic community. Skirkanich physically unites formerly disparate spaces and gives Penn Engineering a welcoming front door. Equally important is the intimacy of the Quain courtyard between the four buildings: Levine, Towne, Skirkanich, and Moore.

Undergraduate Bioengineering Labs

The George H. Stephenson Foundation Undergraduate Laboratory (Skirkanich 225) is the primary teaching lab for the Department of Bioengineering. With an innovative discovery-based approach to learning, students define their own experiments and evaluate their techniques and goals as they strive to answer the research questions they have formulated. Bioengineering labs involve physiological studies, instrumentation and circuit design, biomechanics, biomaterials, microfluidics, and cell engineering.

The Moore School Building

This historic building, built in 1912 and renovated in 1926 by Paul Cret, housed the first “modern” computer, ENIAC – Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. In 1966, an addition was added – the Graduate Research Wing – which today is shared by the Moore and Levine buildings. Moore now houses laboratories, the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, and administrative offices for the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering.

Detkin Lab (Moore 101)

The Peter Detkin Laboratory is the principal teaching lab of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. The state-of-the-art lab, with 26 workstations, is designed to integrate computers, instruments, and software in a manner that allows students to function as professionals do in industry and academia.

ENIAC (Moore 100)

The world’s first electronic, large-scale, general purpose digital computer was constructed and operated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, now part of Penn Engineering. Introduced on February 14, 1946, ENIAC was hailed by The New York Times as “an amazing machine which applies electronic speeds for the first time to mathematical tasks hitherto too difficult and cumbersome for solution.” It is the forerunner of today’s smartphones, touch screens, and myriad electronics embedded in our daily lives. Artifacts on display at Moore – four of the original 40 ENIAC panels – represent approximately one-tenth of its original size.

SIG Center for Computer Graphics (Moore 103)

Home to the Penn Computer Graphics program, the SIG center is a state-of-the-art academic motion capture studio and laboratory for special effects, computer graphics, and animation. It came into being in partnership with the Susquehanna International Group (SIG). CG@Penn has a full-service academic mission, covering educational programs from high school to the Ph.D. level; and the SIG Center serves as a collaboration zone for all students, regardless of age or degree program. Projects include 3D motion picture special effects, animations, simulation and modeling of large-scale human crowds, and research into the interrelationships of human movement, language, and communication.