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Sara Lego

Associate Teaching Professor


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Center for Acoustics and Vibration

227B Hammond Building






Journal Articles

  • Michael Paul, Spencer David, Sara Lego and J.P. Muncks, 2014, "The Penn State Lunar Lion: A University Mission to Explore the Moon", Acta Astronautica, 96, pp. 65-77
  • Gary M Stump, Sara Lego, Michael A Yukish and Joseph Donndelinger, 2009, "Visual Steering Commands for Trade Space Exploration: User-Guided Sampling with Example", Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 9

Conference Proceedings

  • Sara Lego and Cara L Exten, 2024, "Assessing Student Perceptions of Peer Review Methods’ Efficacy in a Team-Based, Senior Undergraduate Capstone Course Setting"
  • Sara Lego, 2023, "Work In Progress: Implementation of a Skills Based Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Senior Undergraduate Aerospace Capstones", ASEE, Baltimore, MD, United States
  • Sara Lego, 2016, "The Chimera Team: Adapting the Agile Scrum Methodology to Applied Research and Development", Happy Silicon Valley Conference, University Park, PA
  • Simon Miller, Timothy W Simpson, Michael A Yukish, Lorri A Bennett, Sara Lego and Gary M Stump, 2014, "Preference Construction, Sequential Decision Making, and Trade Space Exploration"
  • Sara Lego, Gary M Stump and Michael A Yukish, 2010, "Trade Space Exploration: New Visual Steering Features", Big Sky, Montana
  • Lorri A Bennett, David Woodward and Sara Lego, 2008, "Cost and Capabilities Trade Study Tools for Manned Submersibles", San Diego, CA
  • Gary M Stump, Sara Lego, Michael A Yukish, Timothy W Simpson and Joseph Donndelinger, 2007, "Visual Steering Commands for Trade Space Exploration: User-Guided Sampling With Example", Las Vegas, NV, United States, 6: 33rd Design Automation Conferences, Parts A and B
  • Michael A Yukish, Gary M Stump and Sara Lego, 2007, "Visual Steering and Trade Space Exploration", Big Sky, Montana, United States

Research Projects

  • December 2018 - November 2019, "Threat Scenarios Visualization," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Homeland Security).
  • July 2013 - February 2018, "Design Environment for NDARC Software Development," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • May 2015 - May 2017, "Vertical Lift Consortium: Next Generation Rotorcraft Electric and Hydraulic Actuation System Design and Optimization," (Sponsor: Advanced Technology International).
  • February 2012 - April 2013, "NAVAIR Warfare Analysis and Decision Support," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • August 2011 - December 2012, "Decision Support Tool for the Joint Multi-role (JMR) Program," (Sponsor: Boeing Company [MP]).
  • March 2008 - September 2011, "Rapid Reaction Technology Initiatives," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).

Honors and Awards

  • Director's Special Recognition Award, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), Penn State University, 2016
  • SPOT Award, Applied Reseach Laboratory (ARL), Penn State University, 2018
  • Engineering Innovation Invention Disclosure, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), Penn State University, 2019
  • Engineering Innovation Invention Disclosure, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), Penn State University, 2020
  • Engineering Innovation Invention Disclosure, Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), Penn State University, 2021
  • Federal Employee of the Year Innovation Award, Joint Interagency Task Force South, July 2023


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, August 2022 - 2024
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), January 2022 - 2024
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Faculty Advisor, AeroWomen Undergraduate/Graduate Organization, August 2022 - 2024

Service to External Organizations:




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