Giving to the Department of Aerospace Engineering
The generosity of alumni and friends of the Department of Aerospace Engineering helps make it possible for students to attend Penn State and for the department to support them in ways we otherwise could not. Your gifts support student scholarships and activities such as the AIAA Design-Build-Fly competition, the Green Flight Challenge, Human-Powered Aircraft, the Student Space Programs Laboratory, and the University Space Launch Initiative.
The department has many needs. These include: undergraduate and graduate scholarships; laboratory and curricular development; and faculty and staff innovation. These support the following strategic themes:
|*||Vehicle Systems Engineering – Multidisciplinary Teams|
|*||Energy-Effective Aerospace – Our Global Environment|
|*||Curricular Innovation – Hands, Minds, and Technology|
|*||Global Awareness – It’s A Small World|
|*||Blue Sky – Passion For The Future of Aerospace|
You may endow an award with $20K, a scholarship with $50K, a graduate fellowship with $250K, an early-career faculty professorship with $500K, a department head chair with $3M, or anything in between. If you like, you may name the department for $20M!
To be sure, gifts amounts need not be astronomical—every gift matters. We are well aware that few of our alums have the wherewithal to endow a faculty chair. Many more are capable of endowing scholarships, and all can contribute to existing endowments or to the annual fund. If you have an idea for a new endowment investment, but are not in a position to go it alone, please consider teaming up with your former classmates or other like-minded alumni to make it happen. (The Aero Pioneers Class of 1944 Scholarship and the McCormick Academic Excellence Fund are examples.) If you discuss your ideas with us, we can act as a broker to bring together interested partners. Multi-year pledges, corporate matching, and estate gifts can also be important elements.