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$2 million estate gift to create faculty chair in aerospace engineering


Building community is important, according to Robert "Bob" Lengel, and it has to start with strong leadership. A 1968 Penn State graduate in aerospace engineering, Bob and his wife, Sandy, have recently committed approximately $2 million of their estate to build the engineering community and share Bob's message of effective leadership and communication.

Alumnus wins achievement award for work on military aircraft program


Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Eric Fallabel was recently awarded a Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Award in Test and Evaluation from the Department of Defense for his work on flight testing for the CH-53K helicopter development program for the Marine Corps.

Tech-based entrepreneurship student's 'failure resume' inspires scooter project


When Braden Heisler received a "failure resume" assignment for his ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship class, he took the project seriously, creating an "anti-resume" that listed all his presumed failures -- from failed ideas to skills which he believes he lacks.

Five engineering students receive scholarships


The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 academic year. Five students from various disciplines in the Penn State College of Engineering were awarded scholarships.

To boldly go: Penn State launches planetary science consortium


The quest to understand our place in the universe is one of the most enduring scientific pursuits. A new interdisciplinary planetary science initiative will focus efforts at Penn State on exploring and seeking out life in the solar system and far into the cosmos.

Engineering professors selected as 2021 AIAA Associate Fellows


Jacqueline O'Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach, and Sven Schmitz, associate professor of aerospace engineering, were chosen as 2021 Associate Fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Engineering mourns death of aerospace engineering's Michael Micci


Faculty, staff and students in the Penn State College of Engineering are mourning the loss of Michael Micci, professor of aerospace engineering, who died on Sept. 21, in State College after an eight-month battle with cancer.

Engineer developing out-of-this-world solutions for COVID-19 challenges


Xin Ning, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering, specializes in developing materials for use in space.

Five named to Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers program


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Department Executive Officers (DEO) program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity recognizes annual scholarship recipients


The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity has announced the scholarship award winners for the 2019-20 academic year.

Brownell named aerospace engineering student marshal


Matthew T. Brownell has been named the Department of Aerospace Engineering's student marshal for Penn State's spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9.

Penn State engineer aims to tackle COVID-19 from two angles


To combat COVID-19 in both the treatment and testing arenas, Yong Wang, Penn State professor of biomedical engineering, has received two grants from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences COVID-19 multi-institute seed grant fund.

Fault diagnosis: Innovation in machine learning for manufacturing


As a doctoral candidate in the Penn State College of Engineering's Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME), Toyosi Ademujimi's work with manufacturing and machine learning has been a lifelong fascination.

Five receive Faculty Scholar Medals


Five University faculty members have received 2020 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

Professor celebrates successful remote learning with video parody


Jesse McTernan, assistant teaching professor in Penn State's School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, is giving us the opportunity to laugh with a video parody he created.

NASA selects Penn State student team to build technology for lunar missions


Penn State students from the Student Space Programs Laboratory comprise one of eight university teams recently selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop new technology to study the surface of the moon.

High energy Li-Ion battery is safer for electric vehicles


A lithium-ion battery that is safe, has high power and can last for 1 million miles has been developed by a team in Penn State's Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center.

Aerospace engineer recognized with lifetime achievement award


Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering, is being recognized for the third time by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with the 2020 AIAA Aerodynamics Award.

Committee recommends building to be named after astronaut engineering alumnus


A building at Innovation Park at Penn State was recommended to be named in honor of Guion S. Bluford, Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus and internationally renowned astronaut and engineering leader.

Aerospace engineering department head named AIAA fellow


Amy Pritchett, head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest aerospace professional society.

College of Engineering awards five Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering awarded the 2020 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to five faculty research teams across the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Engineering associate dean receives lifetime achievement award


SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has named George Lesieutre, associate dean for research and graduate programs and professor of aerospace engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, the recipient of the 2020 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials (SSM) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Architectural engineering professor continues work on sustainable windows


Windows accentuate and beautify commercial or residential buildings, according to Julian Wang, associate professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, but they also?are vulnerable to the elements.

Aerospace engineering professor recognized for influence in astrodynamics


Robert Melton, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been selected to receive the American Astronautical Society’s 2019 Dirk Brouwer Award for his substantial contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics.

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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.

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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