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Continuing Education

Penn State offers a number of options for your employees to continue their engineering education — sometimes without leaving the office.

Department Short Courses

Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology

For more than 50 years, the Department of Aerospace Engineering, in conjunction with Penn State Outreach, has hosted the Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology in State College. 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, cover the following topics:

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

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

Rotor Hub Flow Prediction Workshop

For more information about the workshop, please contact Sven Schmitz, associate professor of aerospace engineering, at

College of Engineering Office for Digital Learning

Short Courses, Conferences, and Workshops: For working engineers and professionals, Penn State Engineering short courses provide a quick, convenient way to enhance and extend skills through high quality instruction and content.

Courses and Programs: For students who can’t attend classes at a Penn State campus, the College of Engineering offers courses and programs that give you convenient access to quality Penn State courses and instruction at your home or office. Distance students have access to Penn State courses and resources in a sustainable, technology-based learning environment.

Engineering Professional Development: The College encourages engineers to continue their professional growth through licensure, certification, and other opportunities throughout their careers. To assist engineers seeking professional registration, we offer review courses for the FE and PE examinations.

For more information, visit the Office for Digital Learning website.



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