Student Computer Information

While the College of Engineering does not mandate that students bring their own personal computer to PSU, students will be required to use computers frequently for communications and academic activities. Computer ownership will enable students to benefit from the in-class and out-of-class activities and opportunities to the fullest extent.

For incoming students who do not already own a computer or plan to purchase a new system, the following information is provided for a Laptop system configuration; this is a minimum system configuration recommendation.  It should provide acceptable performance for the majority of undergraduate students:

  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or higher
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or higher
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB or Larger
  • Video Card: While integrated video is an acceptable option, students may want to consider a dedicated video card with a minimum of 1 GB video memory. This will provide better performance when working with demanding high end graphics software.
  • Wireless Networking: 802.11g/n
  • USB Ports
  • Audio
  • Operating System: Windows 7 or 8 with latest Microsoft Service Packs applied, Apple Mac OS X (running, as a minimum, Version 10.9.x) - Note: The Windows XP operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft and is not permitted on the Penn State network.
  • Display: 13 inch or greater Note: Users of Windows 8 or higher may want to consider selecting a system with touch screen capabilities.
  • Lock & Cable (Recommended)

We recommend that incoming students refer to the College of Engineering guidelines for the most up-to-date information on computer recommendations.



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