Mark A. Nicosia

Mark A. Nicosia, PhD

  • Chair of Mechanical 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