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Susan Stewart

Associate Teaching Professor


  • 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


Journal Articles

  • 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

Conference Proceedings

  • Susan W Stewart and David Willy, 2020, "The Collegiate Wind Competition – Undergraduate Education through Student Competition", IOPP
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Dennis K McLaughlin and Susan W Stewart, , "Evaluating the Aerodynamic Performance of Small Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines.", 2015
  • 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

  • Susan W Stewart, 2011, "The challenges involved in building-integrated wind energy include wind flow, structure siting, unit certification, and even aesthetic concerns", Wind Systems Magazine


  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Susan W Stewart, 2011, "Committee on Offshore Wind Energy Turbine Structural and Operating Safety; Transportation Research Board"
  • Sam V Shelton and Susan W Stewart, 2002, "Bubble Pump Design for Single Pressure Absorption Refrigeration Cycles", ASHRAE Transactions

Research Projects

  • January 2016 - January 2017, "Wind for Schools (WfS) Wind Application Center (WAC) Operation Plan," (Sponsor: National Renewable Energy Laboratory).

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Woman of Climate and Renewable Energy, PennFuture, April 2019
  • Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award, Penn State Commission for Women, April 2017


Service to Penn State:

  • Participation in Governance Bodies and Related Activities, Member, Undergraduate Studies Curricular Review Committee, Undergraduate Studies Curricular Review Committee, August 2017 - May 2019

Service to External Organizations:

  • Other, Member, Wind Technical Standards Committee, 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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