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The aerospace engineering department values the experiences and perspectives of our alumni who have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry, academia, and government. We rely on alumni counsel to keep our curriculum modern, and to arm our students with the most cutting-edge insight. Additionally, we aim to partner many of our students with alumni mentors as they are seeking guidance on their future career goals.

We invite alumni to connect with the department, especially those who wish to:

  • Serve as an industry liaison
  • Serve on an advisory council
  • Speak to current students and faculty

If you are interested in becoming an alumni mentor, classroom speaker, or member of the alumni advisory council please contact the department at 814-865-2569 or

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) sponsors numerous initiatives throughout the year and we encourage alumni to volunteer to make these events and programs successful.

  • Student Mentoring: Volunteer to be paired as an alumni mentor to an undergraduate student.
  • Resumania: Held in conjunction with Penn State's Career Fair each fall, Resumania provides students with access to alumni who can review resumes and provide valuable career guidance.
  • PSEAS Faculty/Staff Awards: Help PSEAS in the annual selection process to recognize outstanding teachers, advisers, researchers, and support staff in the College of Engineering.
  • Penn State Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: Held in February, this annual "Olympics of Complexity" challenges students to move beyond traditional problem solving. Alumni volunteers are needed to help with judging, timekeeping, program distribution, and other tasks.

For more information on how to get involved with PSEAS, contact Emily Gallagher, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at or 814-865-9031.

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The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as one of the top aerospace engineering departments in the nation, and is also an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 14th nationally by U.S. News & World Report, while one in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State. Our students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry. Through an innovative curriculum and world-class instruction that reflects current industry practice and embraces future trends, Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduates emerge as broadly educated, technically sound aerospace engineers who will become future leaders in a critical industry

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569