Penn State Alumni Association Awards

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award is given by the University’s Alumni Association to a high-achieving alumnus or alumna no older than 35 years of age.

Past recipients from the department

  • 2015: Emilia Speal-Harris (B.S. ’04)

Alumni Fellow Award

The Alumni Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Administered in association with Penn State’s academic colleges, recipients return to campus to share their knowledge and expertise with the University community.

As leaders in their respective personal fields, Alumni Fellows provide a dimension to the academic curriculum not otherwise available in the traditional college classroom. The Board of Trustees has designated the title of Alumni Fellow as permanent and lifelong.

Past recipients from the department

  • 2008: Heather Rarick (B.S. ’87)



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