Aerospace Engineering Research Areas

Aerospace Engineering Research

Our research at Penn State covers a broad spectrum of topics relevant to industry today, and encompasses both computational and experimental research approaches. Our researchers embrace traditional fields like aerodynamics, propulsion, flight science, vehicle dynamics, aeroacoustics, and rotorcraft engineering, as well as leading-edge research areas such as UAVs, commercial space, nanomanufacturing, and wind energy.

Join us and launch a responsible and rewarding research career in one of the most ever-evolving, critical fields that contribute to programs of national importance and have a significant, positive impact on global society and its future.

Research Areas


Air-breathing Propulsion


Autonomous Flight and UAVs

Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Flight Science

Multifunctional Structures and Nanomaterials

Rotorcraft Engineering

Space Propulsion and Plasmas

Structural Dynamics and Adaptive Structures

Vehicle Dynamics and Control

Vehicle Systems Engineering

Wind Energy

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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