Department of

Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering at Penn State


Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technology and integrate it into aerospace vehicle systems for exploration, infrastructure, and defense applications. The mission of the Department of Aerospace Engineering is to advance knowledge, and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate challenging, fundamental problems in aerospace science and technology in a collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while providing our students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse community of scholars. We prepare our students for responsible, rewarding professional careers and continuing personal growth. Additionally, we serve the various extensive communities to which we belong, in ways suited to our individual abilities and interests.

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Aerospace engineering alumna takes the cake
with her award-winning bakery


Jamie Landers, an aerospace engineering graduate at Penn State, owns and operates Luscious Bakery. Her specialties include brunch-inspired foods from European and American cafes, as well as delicious sweets.

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Wind energy was discussed on

WPSU-TV’s 'Conversations LIVE' Jan. 22


Susan Stewart, research associate in the aerospace engineering and architectural engineering departments, and Tamara Gagnolet, energy program and geographical information science manager at The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania office, will join WPSU-TV’s Patty Satalia for the broadcast.

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NAVAIR engineer receives

unique recognition


Samantha (Kahn) Pappas (B.S. '02, M.S. '04), air vehicle test lead for the Triton Unmanned Air System (UAS) program, is the 2014 recipient of the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award for “being an impeccable leader, inspiring mentor, and exceptional engineer whose technical expertise and unwavering dedication were paramount to the advancement of Naval Aviation.

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Hammond Building

Aerospace Seminars

Jason Town

Ph.D. - Final Defense

An Investigation of Rim Seal/
Disk Cavity Flow and its
Interaction with High Pressure
Turbine Rotor Flows

Thursday, March 19, 2015
8:00 a.m.
228 Hammond Building

Spring 2015
McCormick Lecturer

Michael Ross

Will present:

"Unscented Optimal Control"

Monday, March 23, 2015

10:10 a.m.
220 Hammond Building

Aerospace Highlights

2015 Outstanding

Engineering Alumnus

Ian Waitz

Dean of Engineering
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology