Lab Safety

Penn State and the aerospace engineering department strives to conduct world-class engineering research while continuously educating and developing current graduate and undergraduate students. Improving the lives of individuals is central to the department's focus, and that begins with those performing the research. We are committed to conducting our research activities with the highest degree of safety and ensuring the protection of all individuals in the aerospace engineering community.

Developing a research community with a focus on safety not only improves the quality and effectiveness of the associated research programs, but also educates students and promotes the development of safe and effective independent researchers moving forward to professional careers in academics and industry.

Safety is the responsibility of the entire aerospace engineering community including administrators, principal investigators, faculty, and students. Identifying and immediately addressing potential hazards with colleagues, staff, and students not following appropriate safety protocols and guidelines is the responsibility of us all.

Department Safety Contact

College Safety Officer
Mike Houser 

Lab Safety Training

Every person working in, or with access to, a lab must complete Laboratory Safety Initial Training conducted by Penn State Environmental Health & Safety within 90 days of starting their lab work.

To schedule initial training, please visit the EHS website and select Training under the Quick Links menu.



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