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Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering at Penn State

Aerospace engineers develop leading-edge technology and integrate it into high-performance aircraft and spacecraft systems. Graduates find employment in a wide range of manufacturing, service and software companies, governmental organizations and research laboratories. With solid grounding in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, controls, and information technology, aerospace engineering graduates also have the broad, multi-disciplinary understanding needed to play an important role as architects and integrators of increasingly sophisticated vehicle systems.

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IT Flies competition: David Glade, test pilot with Penn State students, Justin Valenti, Angelina Conti and Chris Axtenphoto credit: Jacquie Bui Quy

Dr. Maughmer's students attend "IT Flies" competition at the University of Dayton


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Merlin Flight Simulation Group's Aircraft Design and Handling Competition was held in Dayton last week and aeospace students, Justin Valenti, Angelina Conti and Chris Axten, from Dr. Maughmer's class entered the Zephyrus Human Powered Aircraft. The aircraft was their Flight Vehicle Design Fabrication class project (aersp 404H). Groups took turns "flying" their designs in the MP521 Engineering Flight Simulator at the U of Dayton.

Marion Neal, who came to Dayton from Merlin Flight Simulation Technologies in England for the competition stated, "It was a pleasure to have the three Penn State students over to Dayton for IT FLIES USA." She said that the "project is a superb one for students; not only do they have to think about the design of the aircraft, but build it too!"

The Zephyrus has been in our News before. Here is a prototype (battery powered) test flight on Youtube.


Sven Schmitz

Congratulations to

Prof. Sven Schmitz


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) has awarded Dr. Schmitz with the College of Engineering award for Outstanding Teaching, which recognizes and rewards outstanding Engineering educators for excellence in teaching and for contributions to the art of teaching. These teaching awards are established to confer honor on individuals whose inspiration and contributions to learning are truly memorable.

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Hammond Building

Aerospace Seminars


Mitigating Adhesion on Aerospace Surfaces

Dr. Christopher Wohl
Research Surface Scientist NASA Langley\ Research Center

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:30
125 Reber Building


Microwave Ignition of Green Monopropellants

Brian Lani
Master of Science Seminar
Drs. Michael Micci and
Sven Bilen, Co-Advisors

April 22, 2014
3:45 p.m.
228 Hammond Building

Aerospace Highlights

Aerospace Students are in Wichita, Kansas for the AIAA 18th Annual Design, Build, Fly Competion

2013 Design Build Fly entry from PSU studentsThis photo is last year's entry

University Park – Six Aerospace Department students and  two advisors are in Wichita Kansas this week to compete in the 18th annual AIAA Design, Build, Fly event, sponsored by Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems. Student teams must design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight capabilities of an unmanned, electric powered, radio controlled aircraft which can best meet the specified mission profile. The goal is a balanced design possessing good demonstrated flight handling qualities and practical and affordable manufacturing requirements while providing a high vehicle performance.
Alex Troup, Nick Grasser, George Farah, Eric Tschantz, Evan Savage and Ben Pipenberg
Advisors: Mark  Maughmer and Chris Saunders