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Susan Stewart

Teaching Professor
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies


  • Aerospace Engineering

233E Hammond Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Wind Energy




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2001
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003



  • Susan W Stewart, 2011, Structural Integrity of Offshore Wind Turbines: Oversight of Design, Fabrication, and Installation - Special Report 305, National Research Council, The National Academies Press

Journal Articles

  • Susan W Stewart and David Willy, 2020, "The Collegiate Wind Competition – Undergraduate Education through Student Competition", Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1452
  • Nicholas John Ward and Susan W Stewart, 2015, "A Turbulence Intensity Similarity Distribution for Evaluating the Performance of a Small Turbine in Turbulent Wind Regimes", Wind Engineering, 39, (6), pp. pp 585-598
  • Susan W Stewart and Samuel V. Shelton, 2010, "Finned-tube Condenser Design Optimization Using Thermoeconomic Isolation", Applied Thermal Engineering, 30, (14-15), pp. 2096-2102
  • SW Stewart, SV Shelton and KA Aspelund, 2005, "Finned-tube Heat Exchanger Optimization Methodology", Heat Transfer Engineering, 26, (7), pp. 22-28
  • Sam V Shelton and Susan W Stewart, 2002, "Bubble Pump Design for Single Pressure Absorption Refrigeration Cycles", ASHRAE Transactions

Conference Proceedings

  • Susan W Stewart, Stephanie Cutler, Sven Schmitz and Alexa Kottmeyer, 2018, "Industry-based Case Studies for an Online Graduate Certificate Wind Energy Program"
  • Susan W Stewart, Sue Ellen Haupt and Julia A. Cole, 2012, "Addressing Wind Resource Potential in the Built Environment", pp. 2221-2233
  • U. Poerschke, M. Woollen, J. Srebric, Susan W Stewart and T. Murtha, 2011, "Design Investigations on Building-Integrated Wind Energy: Lessons from an Architecture Studio", Proceedings of 2011 American Solar Energy Society Meeting
  • Leonardo C. Albanese, Farhan Gandhi and Susan W Stewart, 2010, "Adaptive Geometry Wind Turbine Blades for Increasing Performance", pp. 823-835
  • Susan W Stewart and Lucas T. Witmer, 2009, "Economical Design of Wind-Solar Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems", pp. 487-491
  • Susan W Stewart, 2009, "Offshore Wind Shear Estimations for Wind Power Assessment", pp. 699-705
  • Kirk A. Martin, Michael F. Schmidt, Sam V. Shelton and Susan W Stewart, 2007, "Site specific optimization of rotor/generator sizing of wind turbines", pp. 1123-1130
  • William Bulpitt, Susan W Stewart and Mary H Hunt, 2006, "Offshore Wind Farm Feasibility Study for the Southeast", Proceedings of POWER-GEN 2006
  • Willam Bulpitt, Susan W Stewart, H Hunt and Samuel V Shelton, 2006, "Innovative Partnerships for Offshore Wind Development", Proceedings of Windpower 2006
  • William Bulpitt, Susan W Stewart, Mary H Hunt and Samuel Shelton, 2006, "Feasibility of Offshore Wind Power in the South Atlantic Bight", Proceedings of Offshore Technology Conference 2006
  • Susan W Stewart and Sam V Shelton, 2004, "The Usefulness of Entropic Average Temperatures", Proceedings of the ASME Advanced Energy Systems (AES) Division, 44, pp. 151-155
  • Susan W Stewart, 2003, "Finned-Tube Condenser Design Optimization Using Thermoeconomic Isolation", Proceedings of the 21st IIR International Congress of Refrigeration, 21, pp. ICR0634
  • Susan W Stewart, Samuel V Shelton and Kristin A Aspelund, 2003, "Finned Tube Heat Exchanger Optimization", Proceedings of the 2nd International Heat Transfer Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (HEFAT) Conference, pp. SS2
  • Juwen W Gao, Susan J White and Chao-Yang Wang, 1999, "Solidification Processing of Functionally Graded Materials by Sedimentation", ASME Heat Transfer Division, HTD, 364-2, pp. 289-301
  • Lucie Barj, Jason M. Jonkman, Amy Robertson, Gordon M Stewart, Matthew A Lackner, Lorenz Haid, Denis Matha and Susan W Stewart, , "Wind/Wave Misalignment in the Loads Analysis of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine", 2014
  • Brian D Wallace, Susan W Stewart and Dennis K McLaughlin, , "Small Wind Turbine Performance Evaluation Using Field Test Data and a Coupled Aero-Electro-Mechanical Model"

Magazines/Trade Publications


  • Q. Zhang, Susan W Stewart, J. R. S. Bronson and L. T. Witmer, 2012, "Geyser Pump Solar Water Heater System Modeling Design Optimization"
  • R. Flagg, Susan W Stewart and J. R. S. Brownson, 2012, "Use of Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Systems to Enhance Sea Salt Production in Southern Spain"
  • S. E. Haupt, Susan W Stewart, J. A. Cole, F. J. Zajaczkowski and K. J. Schmehl, 2011, "Mapping Wind Power Resources Around Buildings, for Siting Building Integrated Wind Turbines"
  • Susan W Stewart, 2003, "Enhanced Finned-Tube Condenser Design and Optimization", Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Research Projects

  • September 2021 - July 2022, "PSU Collegiate Wind Competition Team 2022," (Sponsor: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC).
  • January 2016 - January 2017, "Wind for Schools (WfS) Wind Application Center (WAC) Operation Plan," (Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Laboratory).

Honors and Awards

  • 2023 Outstanding Educator Award, REpowering Schools, October 2023
  • 2019 Woman of Climate and Renewable Energy, PennFuture, April 2019
  • 2017 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award, Penn State Commission for Women, April 2017
  • 2015 Outstanding Wind Leadership Award in Education Award, Department of Energy, WINDExchange, May 2015


Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Wind Energy Club, October 2015
  • Academic Leadership and Support Work, Coordinator, ABET, Aerospace Engineering, August 2015

Service to External Organizations:

  • Other, Member, Wind Technical Standards Committee, The American Cleanpower Association (formerly American Wind Energy Association), July 2014



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

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