Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Awards

The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS), in conjunction with College representatives, presents a number of awards to engineering faculty, staff, and alumni. These honors recognize outstanding teaching, research, and advising among the faculty of the College. Nominated by their respective departments, honorees are selected by their peers, along with members of the PSEAS Board of Directors.

Learn more about the PSEAS Awards.

Aerospace Engineering Recipients

Distinguished Service Award

  • Barnes W. McCormick (2002)

Outstanding Advising Award

  • Edward C. Smith (2007)
  • Hubert “Skip” Smith (1983, 1990)
  • Robert G. Melton (1986)
  • Joseph J. Eisenhuth (1981)
  • Thomas M. York (1974)
  • Barnes W. McCormick (1967)

Oustanding Research Award

  • Kenneth Brentner (2010)
  • Deborah Levin (2006)
  • Edward C. Smith (2002)
  • George A. Lesieutre (2000)
  • Michael M. Micci (2000)
  • Lyle N. long (1996)
  • Philip J. Morris (1990)
  • William J. Holl (1985)
  • Budugur Lakshminarayana (1977, 1983)
  • M.H. Kaplan (1978)

Outstanding Teaching Award

  • Jacob Langelaan (2010)
  • Mark D. Maughmer (1993)
  • Robert G. Melton (1985)
  • Philip J. Morris (1984)
  • Hubert “Skip” Smith (1979)
  • David B. Spencer (2004)

Outstanding Staff Award

  • Debby Mayes (2012)
  • Amy Custer (2010)
  • Mark A. Catalano (2004)
  • Richard R. Auhl (2001)
  • Sheila Corl (1998)
  • Tammy D. Besecker (1994)

Premier Research Award

  • Deborah Levin (2013)
  • Philip J. Morris (1997)
  • Budugur Lakshminarayana

Premier Teaching Award

  • Mark D. Maughmer (2001)
  • Robert G. Melton (1992)

Staff Innovation Award

  • Kirk Heller (2016)

Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award

  • Robert G. Melton (2001)


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