Mark A. Nicosia

Mark A. Nicosia, PhD

  • Associate Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Engineering

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering (1997)
    Pennsylvania State University--University Park (PA)

About Me

I have taught a number of different lecture and laboratory courses and advised senior project groups. My focus is to challenge students while maintaining a respectful classroom environment in which material is rigorously presented and a real connection to the practice of engineering is maintained through applications and examples. I work continuously to improve my teaching skills.

Research Interests

My research is focused on the computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems, particularly the gastrointestinal system. I am currently working on an interinstitutional project developing patient-specific computer models of oropharyngeal swallowing to aid clinicians in developing therapeutic strategies for individuals with swallowing disorders.


  • Nicosia, Mark A. "Theoretical Estimation of Shear Rate During Oropharyngeal Swallowing: Effect of Parial Slip." Journal of Texture Studies 44, no. 2 (2013): 132–139.
  • Schievano, Silvia, Karyn Kunzelman, Mark A. Nicosia, Richard P. Cochran, Daniel R. Einstein, Sachin Khambadkone, and Philipp Bonhoeffer. "Percutaneous Mitral Valve Dilatation: Single Balloon Versus Double Balloon. A Finite Element Study." Journal of Heart Valve Disease 18, no. 1 (2009): 28–34.
  • Nicosia, Mark A. "A Planar Finite Element Model of Bolus Containment in the Oral Cavity." Computers in Biology and Medicine 37, no. 10 (2007): 1472–1478.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Dysphagia Research Society (DRS), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


  • Distinguished University Professor, Widener University (2019) 
  • NIH Grant to study oropharyngeal swallowing (2008–2009)


In the Media


  • Mark Nicosia Named Associate Dean of the School of Engineering

    Dr. Mark Nicosia, professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed to the position of associate dean of the School of Engineering. Dr. Nicosia, who previously chaired the department of mechanical engineering, will oversee academic affairs and external relations in this new role. A member of the engineering faculty since 2005, Professor Nicosia's research focuses on computational and experimental analysis of physiological systems, particularly the gastrointestinal system. In 2019, Professor Nicosia was named Distinguished University Professor, an award that recognizes faculty members of distinction and demonstrates how Widener is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

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