51st annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology

For 50 years, the Department of Aerospace Engineering, in conjunction with Penn State Outreach and Online Education, has hosted the Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology in State College, PA. This five-day course, which is endorsed by the American Helicopter Society International, is designed for engineers and introduces attendees to the basics, as well as the latest advancements, in rotorcraft technology.

Lecturers, who are recognized as leaders in the field, will cover the following topics:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Dynamics
  • Stability and control
  • Structures
  • Acoustics
  • Propulsions and drivelines

For additional information on content, please contact Edward C. Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, at ecs5@psu.edu.

For more information about the event, including schedule and session descriptions, please visit the short course website.

Click here to register.


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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.

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