Past Seminars

John B. Johns, retired deputy assistant secretary of defense for maintenance, U.S. Department of Defense
“Engineering Ethics - The Challenge of Recognizing, Saying, and Doing the Right Thing” – April 2016

Sergio Pellegrino, Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology, and JPL senior research scientist
“Ultralight Deployable Structures for Space Solar Power” – April 2016

Anna-Maria Riva McGowan, senior engineer for complex systems design, NASA
"Design and Engineering of Complex Systems" – April 2016

Stephen Blanchette, Jr. deputy director of client technical solutions, chief engineer for army programs, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
"Software in Aerospace Systems" – February 2016

Dr. David Miller, chief technologist, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA
"NASA Technology Drives Exploration (And How You Can Get Involved) – November 2015

Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, Penn State
“48th Rotary Wing Technology Short Course” – August 2015

Ulf Michel, senior aeroacoustics consultant, CFD Software Development and Research, GmbH, Berlin
“Why large turbulence scales are the only contributors to jet noise” – July 2015

Seongkyu Lee, Advanced Design Tools program manager, GE Global Research
“Overview of GE Global Research Center and Wind Turbine Noise Research at GE” – May 2015

Thomas McGuire, aeronautical engineer, Revolutionary Technology
Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
“How to Build a Small Fusion Reactor to Power the Future” – April 2015

Matt Domonkos, principal physicist, Air Force Research Laboratory
“Magnetized Plasma Compression for Advanced Propulsion: Aerospace Engineering at High Energy Density” – March 2015

Derek Paley, associate professor, University of Maryland
“Distributed Sensing and Feedback Control of Autonomous Aerospace Vehicles” – February 2015

Markus Villinger, president, Villinger Research and Development Telfes, Austria
“Development and testing of in-flight ice protection systems based on semi conductive coatings” – December 2014

Serena Aunon, Astronaut, NASA
“The International Space Station: An update on the vehicle and the challenges involving engineering, research, and human physiology” – October 2014


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