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Penn State's Blue Sparrow team named Phase I winner of GoFly Prize
06/14/2018

A team of Penn State Aerospace Engineering faculty and students is one step closer to making electric-powered human flight a reality after winning a Phase I award for the GoFly Prize, a worldwide competition to build the world's first personal flying device for anyone, anywhere.

Aerospace engineering graduating seniors honored for academic excellence and service
05/04/2018

Four aerospace engineering graduating seniors were honored at the Penn State Aerospace Engineering Spring 2018 Graduation Reception for their academic excellence and service.

Aerospace engineering graduate students win awards at 2018 College of Engineering Research Symposium
05/03/2018

Aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidates Ethan Corle and Scott Hromisin won first prize and third prize, respectively, in the Art in Science competition at the 15th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium held April 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State places in top 10 of 2018 AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition
05/01/2018

A team of aerospace engineering undergraduate students recently placed 10th out of 77 teams in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition.

Aerospace engineering undergraduate student receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
04/26/2018

Rachel Axten, an aerospace engineering undergraduate student who will receive her bachelor of science degree in May, has been selected for a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Cruz named aerospace engineering student marshal for spring 2018 commencement
04/19/2018

Arthur Melo Cruz has been selected as the student marshal for the aerospace engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 4.

Braun named 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus
03/27/2018

Bobby Braun ('87 AERSP), Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Aerospace engineering undergraduate student earns Soaring Society of America scholarship
03/01/2018

Philip Chidekel, an aerospace engineering and meteorology undergraduate student, is the recipient of the 2017 Paul Kolstad College Scholarship grant from the Soaring Society of America.

Maughmer named American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow
03/01/2018

Mark D. Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow.

Singla named American Astronautical Society Fellow
01/30/2018

Puneet Singla, associate professor of aerospace engineering, has been elected an American Astronautical Society Fellow.

Wagner receives AFOSR funding to investigate overtrust with autonomous vehicles and robots
01/16/2018

Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has received funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate the factors that cause overtrust in autonomous vehicles and robots, and develop techniques that will allow autonomous systems to recognize it and prevent it.

Aerospace Engineers developing drone for NASA concept mission to Saturn's largest moon, Titan
01/09/2018

Researchers from the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering are part of a team led by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory whose proposal for a revolutionary rotorcraft to investigate Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been selected by NASA as one of two finalists for the agency's next New Frontiers mission.

ARGoPS holds first-ever astrodynamics research symposium
12/12/2017

The newly formed Astrodynamics Research Group of Penn State (ARGoPS) held its first-ever ARGoPS Research Symposium in November on the University Park campus.

Wagner appointed to early career and development professorship
11/28/2017

Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was one of seven faculty members in the College of Engineering who were recently appointed to early career and development professorships.

Aerospace engineering mourns the loss of Barnes McCormick, Boeing Professor Emeritus
11/09/2017

Barnes (Barney) W. McCormick, Jr., Boeing Professor Emeritus and former department head of aerospace engineering, passed away on October 29 at his home in State College, Pennsylvania, at the age of 91.

Aerospace alumnus Edward Smith delivers McCormick Honorary Alumni Lecture
10/09/2017

Alumnus Edward Smith ('88 AERSP), professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, was the fall 2017 Barnes W. McCormick Honorary Alumni Lecturer.

Inaugural AeroWomen Workshop prepares engineering graduate students for STEM careers
09/19/2017

Eighteen graduate students from aerospace engineering and other Penn State College of Engineering programs took part in the first-ever Graduate AeroWomen Professional Development Workshop on Aug. 25 and 26 at the University Park campus.

Department welcomes two new faculty members
08/03/2017

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is proud to welcome Eric N. Johnson and Puneet Singla as its newest faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year.

BP honors aerospace engineering student for engineering promise
07/27/2017

Penn State aerospace engineering student Himavath Jois earned a $5,000 scholarship from BP that will help him work toward his goals of improving aerodynamic efficiency.

Aerospace graduate student receives NDSEG Fellowship
07/20/2017

Belen Veras-Alba, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, recently received a 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Amy Pritchett appointed head of aerospace engineering
06/27/2017

Amy R. Pritchett has been named the department head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State, effective Aug. 15.

Student-built satellite aims to provide insight on effects of solar storms
06/26/2017

This summer, astronauts on the International Space Station will launch a Penn State student-built satellite into orbit that will help learn more about space weather.

Aerospace engineer to develop integrative studies course focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of robots and ethics
06/20/2017

Through the Integrative Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will develop and teach a course titled "Robots and Their Role in Society."

Aerospace engineer is getting tough on ceramics with ONR grant
05/30/2017

Namiko Yamamoto, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was recently awarded $447,663 through the Office of Naval Research Sea-Based Aviation Airframe Structures and Materials program to study fundamental toughening mechanisms of novel ceramic composites.

Penn State students compete to solve problem of trajectory design
05/23/2017

The Astrodynamics Research Group of Penn State placed 1st out of U.S. student teams, 7th out of all U.S. teams, and 23rd out of the 70 teams that competed around the world in the 2017 Global Trajectory Optimization Competition.

When it comes to the future of wind energy, kids have all the power
05/18/2017

The Pennsylvania Wind for Schools Program is providing wind energy education at primary and secondary schools to help build a skilled workforce for the future.

Transforming the power of young minds
05/18/2017

The Penn State Wind Energy Club was awarded an E2 Energy to Educate Grant which will provide funding to educate secondary school students on wind energy.

Penn State Wind Energy Club breezes to victory in Collegiate Wind Competition
05/08/2017

The Wind Energy Club breezed through the field at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge, held April 20-22 at the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.

Aerospace Engineering awarded $1.7M from NASA University Leadership Initiative
05/02/2017

Penn State is a member of a multi-university research team led by researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that was selected by NASA to explore transformative system-level aviation innovations as part of NASA Aeronautics' University Leadership Initiative.

Engineering's McTernan receives graduate assistant teaching award
04/24/2017

Jesse McTernan, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, was named a recipient of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

Aerospace graduate student wins award at 2017 CERS
04/19/2017

Aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidate Ethan Corle won first prize in the Art in Science competition at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium.

Covert named aerospace engineering student marshal for spring 2017 commencement
04/14/2017

Senior Christopher Covert has been selected as the student marshal for the aerospace engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Covert will receive a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering.

Stewart wins Commission for Women Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award
04/13/2017

Susan Stewart, senior research associate and associate professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of the Penn State Commission for Women 2017 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Amelia Batcha, NASA Johnson Space Center
04/06/2017

Amelia Batcha is shooting for the Moon at NASA.

Five engineering students receive VFF scholarships
04/04/2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, recently awarded Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships to five Penn State Engineering students.

Rarick named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna
03/23/2017

Heather L. Rarick, Flight Operations Directorate, assistant director for Commercial Crew Program, NASA Johnson Space Center, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Aerospace student puts people in motion to support veterans
03/02/2017

Aerospace engineering junior Robert Veltre III is the founder and race director of the Brave American Classic 5K and 10K, which benefits the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

Aerospace/EMS alum working for SpaceX says travel to Mars within reach
02/28/2017

Aerospace engineering alumnus Michael Policelli is supporting the effort to launch manned missions to Mars in a quest to colonize our neighboring planet.

To infinity ... and beyond
02/09/2017

In 1983, Penn State alumnus Guion S. "Guy" Bluford became the first African-American astronaut to go to space, as a member of the crew aboard the third flight of the space shuttle Challenger.

Creed Reilly, aerospace engineering senior, is making a difference in his community
02/08/2017

Creed Reilly is currently the president of Boulevard, a Penn State community service organization dedicated to providing a pathway for members to positively impact communities while making lasting friendships.

Doing it FTK 2017: Sohum Haribhakti
02/02/2017

Aerospace engineering senior Sohum Haribhakti has been involved with THON since his freshman year and is continuing his fight for the kids.

Aerospace engineering student appointed a CERI student for spring 2017
01/31/2017

Jason Cornelius, a senior in aerospace engineering, has been selected to participate in the Penn State College of Engineering Research Initiative program for spring 2017, where he will conduct studies on the computational fluid dynamics of a quadcopter.

Autonomous flight--it's not just for the birds
01/03/2017

Aerospace engineering researchers are going to new heights to improve the intelligence and autonomy of robotic aircraft to enable new science, military, and civil missions.

Long wins 2017 AIAA Aerospace Software Engineering Award
12/15/2016

Distinguished Professor Lyle Long has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Software Engineering Award.

Penn State VLRCOE awarded $13 million for vertical lift technology research
12/14/2016

The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence was awarded funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to support fundamental research and educational activities for students.

Time and (wind) energy well spent
11/22/2016

Engineering Penn State sat down with Susan Stewart, senior research associate and associate professor of aerospace engineering, to shoot the breeze about her innovative and successful teaching methods for the online graduate certificate in Wind Energy.

Smith named AIAA Associate Fellow
11/17/2016

Ed Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow.

Horn receives prestigious flight simulation award
10/27/2016

Joe Horn, professor of aerospace engineering, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2017 de Florez Award for Flight Simulation.

 
 

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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. Our undergraduate program is ranked 15th and our graduate programs are ranked 15th 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

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University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569