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

Aerospace Alum to speak at

Penn State Brandywine commencement


Mike Arata, Penn State alumnus, director of engineering at United Airlines, and Penn State Brandywine advisory board member, will be the speaker at Penn State Brandywine’s fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, in the Commons Building Gymnasium on campus.

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Aerospace Alum to participate in coin-toss

in Saturday’s game against Army


Guion S. Bluford will represent Penn State in Saturday’s coin toss. Bluford received a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1964 and was honored as a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus in 1983. His career began as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying 144 missions during the Vietnam War, before becoming a NASA astronaut in 1979. Bluford became the first African-American to travel in space in 1983, as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. He retired in 1993, and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997.

Penn State among top schools for

aerospace and defense in Aviation

Week 2015 Workforce Study


Aviation Week & Space Technology recently released the results of its 2015 Workforce Study and Penn State is the only university to appear in the top five in all three categories under "Top Schools for Aerospace and Defense."

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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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Aerospace Events

Fall 2015

McCormick Lecture

2015 DBF Team

Dr. Michael Selig
University of Illinois at
Urbana - Champaign

Friday, November 13, 2015
2:30 p.m.
220 Hammond Building

November Seminar

2015 DBF Team

Dr. David W. Miller
Chief Technologist

Friday, November 20, 2015
11:15 a.m.
112 Walker 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.