Welcome to International Center for Actuators & Transducers (ICAT)

Your Development Partner of Smart Devices

The International Center for Actuators and Transducers (ICAT) at Penn State aims to become the world center for fundamental research on actuator and transducer materials, the design and fabrication process, as well as the applications of solid state actuators to precision machines, micro positioners, ultrasonic motors, etc.

The Center was established in April, 1992, to study the piezoelectric actuators and transducers, and the related fundamental science. ICAT has also been designed to provide the most effective transfer of this information and knowledge to the participating corporations. (see Table 1)


Information Transfer

Research Reviews/ Standardization of Actuators/ Product Introduction/Catalog Distribution


Collaboration between Members

Promotion of Collaborative Work
Technical Consultation


Application Oriented Focus

Research Topics
Market Research


Technology Transfer

Visiting Scientist Program
Recruiting of Graduate Students