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Aerospace engineering professor discusses mitigating the climate impact of contrails


The latest episode of "Growing Impact" features a team of researchers that is exploring how to mitigate aviation’s climate impacts, specifically the warming effect created by contrails. Sven Schmitz, the Boeing/A. D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering, is featured.

Q&A: What is the space between Earth and the moon and why does it matter?


Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, Professor Puneet Singla and Assistant Professor Roshan Eapen, are part of a team of researchers from four universities collaborating on a $4.5 million project to better understand cislunar space — the area between Earth and the moon — critical for future space exploration.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Diversity, inclusivity are driving forces behind wind energy club’s success


The Penn State Wind Energy Club was awarded second place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 10th Annual Collegiate Wind Competition. The club also won the Project Development Contest and the Connection Creation Contest.?

Daning Huang awarded Army grant to lead multi-institute project on drones


The U.S. Army has awarded a $179,489 grant to a multi-institute collaboration, led by Penn State and AnalySwift, to develop a tool to inform the required material properties of the morphing structure.

Puneet Singla named distinguished lecturer of Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society


The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), a division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recently named Puneet Singla, Penn State professor of aerospace engineering, a 2023-2024 distinguished lecturer.

This Penn Stater’s job is ‘out of this world’


Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Pavara Ranatunga, whose work supports the International Space Station, is headed toward obtaining his third Penn State degree.

Joseph Horn named Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow


Joseph F. Horn, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was named a 2023 Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow. Horn was one of nine individuals recognized by the society in 2023.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant announces its 2023 fellowship, scholarship winners


Fourteen graduate students from Penn State have been awarded research fellowships from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, including three from the College of Engineering.

Media mention: ‘NASA: Challenge drives students to develop moon-friendly portable microwave system’


Interesting Engineering published an article about the student team developing a portable microwave system for lunar construction applications in NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

NASA-funded student team builds microwave system to smelt metal on the moon


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory, housed in the College of Engineering’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of seven university teams selected to receive funding from NASA to build a prototype in the BIG Idea Challenge. Penn State received $130,000 to develop a microwave system that can smelt metal on the moon.

Penn State mechanical engineering student Ian Rivera earns Astronaut Scholarship


Ian Rivera, a third-year Millennium Scholar from Caguas, Puerto Rico, majoring in mechanical engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has earned a 2023 Astronaut Scholarship.

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams


Nineteen interdisciplinary research teams received funding through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s (IEE) Seed Grant Program for 2023. This includes more than 75 researchers who are affiliated with 10 colleges and research units across seven Penn State campuses.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Penn State team to participate in NASA's Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project


A team co-led by the Penn State Student Space Programs Lab has been selected as one of 70 teams to participate in the 2023-24 Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project, co-sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Seven graduate students recognized with University awards


Forty Penn State graduate students, seven of whom are students in the College of Engineering, were named recipients of Penn State’s annual graduate student awards, administered by the Graduate School in collaboration with several Penn State units.

Aerospace engineering student wins international technical paper competition


Jessica Beyer, a graduate student of aerospace engineering at Penn State, is the overall winner of the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) Robert L. Lichten Award. She will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast during the society’s 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Fla. on May 18.

Leonhard Center speaking contest showcases students’ communication skills


The Penn State College of Engineering’s Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education held its biannual speaking contest on Feb. 7, showcasing students’ skills in translating technical knowledge into engaging presentations.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering's highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 13 at The Penn Stater.

17 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Seventeen new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since early fall 2022. The 12 tenured or tenure-line faculty and six professional track faculty represent 11 units and departments and include one new department head.

Abington engineering student parlays passion, aptitude for STEM into building career path


Javari Cherry, a second-year Penn State Abington aerospace engineering major, is laying the groundwork for the future by capitalizing on opportunities open to undergraduates in his field. Last summer, Cherry worked as a research assistant in a lab led by Jean Paul Allain, the Huck Chair Professor and head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Engineers named Fellows of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


James Coder and Jose Palacios, both Penn State associate professors of aerospace engineering, were selected to serve as 2023 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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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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