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 AERSP 590 Seminar 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

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

January 24

  • Eric Greenwood, researcher, aeroacoustics branch, NASA Langley Research Center
  • "Enabling Low Noise Flight with 'Acoustically Aware' Aircraft"

January 29

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

January 31

  • No seminar this day.

February 7

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

February 12

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

February 14

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

February 19

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

February 21

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

February 25

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

February 28

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

March 7

  • Spring Break -- no seminar

March 14

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

March 21

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

March 28

  • 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
  • "Supercells to Supersonics: Enabling Severe Weather Research with Aerospace Engineering"

April 4

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

April 11

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

April 18

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

April 25

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


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