Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology (ABET)

The Penn State Aerospace Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Program Educational Objectives

Consistent with the mission of Penn State and the College of Engineering, the bachelor of science program in Aerospace Engineering aims to create world-class engineers who will contribute to social and economic development through the application of engineering.

The undergraduate program in aerospace engineering at Penn State has been designed so that students can identify and pursue their personal and professional goals while obtaining a strong foundation in the principles and practice of aerospace engineering.

Within three to five years after graduation, we expect our graduates to be:

  • Employed in the customary settings such as government laboratories, large and small aerospace firms, and nontraditional positions that also require the use of systems-engineering approaches to problem solving
  • Pursuing graduate study in aerospace engineering and related fields

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

The undergraduate program will provide students with the:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to foundational subjects of aerospace engineering (aeronautics, astronautics, aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, aerospace materials and structures, dynamics and automatic control, stability and control of aircraft and/or spacecraft, air-breathing and rocket propulsion, and aircraft systems design and/or spacecraft systems design)

  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data in aerodynamics, propulsion, structures and control systems

  • Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs in aircraft systems or in spacecraft systems

  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  • Ability to communicate effectively

  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context

  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

  • Knowledge of contemporary issuesk.) ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

  • Knowledge in all subjects in Category I or in Category II, and in some subjects in the other category:

    • Category I. aerodynamics, aerospace materials, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics, and stability and control

    • Category II: orbital mechanics, space environment, attitude determination and control, telecommunications, space structures, and rocket propulsion

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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

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569