Aerospace Engineering Seminars

Aerospace Engineering Seminars

The aerospace engineering department regularly invites alumni and experts from industry, academia, and government from around the world to speak to our students and faculty about the latest advancements in the aerospace industry and related areas.

Spring 2019 Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: All AERSP 590 seminars will be held from 2:00-2:50 p.m. in 220 Hammond Building, unless otherwise noted.

January 17

“Fault Protection and Some Failures/Near Failures of Spacecraft”
Bobak Ferdowsi, Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

January 24

“Enabling Low Noise Flight with ‘Acoustically Aware’ Aircraft”
Eric Greenwood, researcher, aeroacoustics branch, NASA Langley Research Center

January 29

“Multi-Physics Simulation of Laser-Induced Ignition in Turbulent Flow
Pavel Popov, research scientist, Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

January 31

No Seminar

February 7

“Trying to Understand the Basic Physics in Space Propulsion”
Richard Branam, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics, University of Alabama

February 12

“Computational Discovery of Hypersonic Aerothermoelastic Scaling Laws”
Daning Huang, Ph.D. candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

February 14

“Low-Temperature Plasmas from Propulsion to Plants”
Gabe Xu, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville

February 19

“Analysis of Aircraft and Operational Constraints for Urban Air Mobility”
Parker Vascik, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace systems engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NOTE: This seminar will be from 9:05-10:20 a.m. in 160 Willard Building

February 21

“Modeling of Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma with Applications to Hypersonics”
Kyle Hanquist, postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

February 25

“The Power of Pressure: Achieving Dynamic Similarity with Laboratory Wind Turbines”
Mark A. Miller, postdoctoral researcher, Princeton University
NOTE: This seminar will be from 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. in 221 Hammond Building

February 28

“Rotor Hub Wake Insights from High-Reynolds Number Water Tunnel Experiments”
Brian Elbing, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Oklahoma State University

March 7

Spring Break | No Seminar

March 14

“Whither In-Space Propulsion?”
Eric Cardiff, chief engineer for propulsion, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

March 21

“Rotor Hub Wake Insights from High-Reynolds Number Water Tunnel Experiments”
Brian Elbing, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Oklahoma State University

March 28

“Supercells to Supersonics: Enabling Severe Weather Research with Aerospace Engineering”
Brian Argrow, Professor and Chair, Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Director of the Integrated Remote & In-Situ Sensing Program, University of Colorado Boulder

April 4

“Hall Thrusters for Deep Space Travel”
Sarah Cusson, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michingan

April 11

“Rotorcraft Load Alleviation Control Design Using High Order Dynamic Models”
Umberto Saetti, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Penn State

April 18

“Thinking Outside the Sphere: In pursuit of space exploration and thoughts about the future”
Bonnie Dunbar, TEES Distinguished Research Professor, Texas A&M University

April 25

“Cooperating With Mother Nature: A Variation of Parameters Approach to Find Quasi-Frozen Orbits Low Altitude Lunar Orbits”
John Junkins, University Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University



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

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569