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.

Latest News

Two engineers selected for

Alumni Achievement Award


Rebecca Delaney and Emilia Speal-Harris have been named recipients of the Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award.

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Undergraduate students visit Harrisburg capitol

March 3 to present research


Miguel Alvarez and Belen Veras-Alba, aerospace engineering majors, were one of the eight Penn State undergraduate student research teams from five campuses that represented Penn State as the largest Pennsylvania college or university contingent at the Capitol Rotunda on March 3 in Harrisburg. They presented their research with students from more than 100 Pennsylvania colleges and universities as part of the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol-Pennsylvania event.

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Dance squad teaches life lessons,

builds community and prepares for THON


The energy was tangible when RAM president Damon Raynor, a senior in aerospace engineering, took the floor for an all-styles dance battle.

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Head of aerospace engineering chairs

industry’s largest R&D forum


When the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) needed someone to take the lead on organizing the society’s premier gathering of aerospace researchers and technologists in 2015­ -- the world’s largest event of its kind -- they called up George Lesieutre, professor and head of aerospace engineering at Penn State.

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Hammond Building

Aerospace Seminars

Dr. Seongkyu Lee

GE Global Research

2015 DBF Team

Overview of GE Global
Research Center and Wind
Turbine Noise Research at GE

Friday, May 22, 2015
11:00 a.m.
221 Hammond Building

Aerospace Highlights

Congratulations to our Design/Build/Fly team, led by Dr. Mark Maughmer, which placed 7th at the 19th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design/Build/Fly competition (DBF) held earlier this month in Tucson, AZ.