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Air accessibility: Most commercial planes could accommodate personal wheelchairs


Many U.S. passenger airplanes could accommodate personal powered wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs often customized to the user, according to a report?from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

To the stars: Aerospace engineering students find a home in astrophysics lab


Aerospace engineering students Logan Baker and Gooderham McCormick are finishing out their degrees in an unconventional way: By designing and building a spacecraft.

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution


Energy production and use presents a multilayered challenge that includes technical, social and environmental intricacies. With such a complex challenge at hand, Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has launched a focused effort called the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems (CIES).

Penn State to honor astronaut Colonel Guion 'Guy' Bluford Jr.


Colonel Guion "Guy" Bluford Jr., who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1964 and became the first African American in space, will receive multiple honors from his alma mater this week in recognition of his significant professional achievements.

New aerospace engineering faculty launches multidisciplinary trajectory


In the words of late computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra, "A picture may be worth a thousand words; a formula is worth a thousand pictures." Roshan Eapen, a new faculty member in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, describes his research as such, aiming to leverage the geometry of complex phenomena to create mathematical frameworks.

Aerospace engineering design team places second in vertical flight competition


A Penn State undergraduate design team took second place at the Vertical Flight Society's 38th Annual Student Design Competition, edging out other competitors with their autonomous vertical takeoff and landing aircraft named "Albatross."

Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science


The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges -- the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science -- will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science.

NASA grant to enable explorations of concrete behavior in Moon-like gravity


Concrete is a promising material for building structures on the moon or even Mars due to its strength, quick forming and ability to be made with ingredients already existing in those remote places.

Barron discusses broad impact of Penn State research for trustees


From detecting subatomic particles that usher in new discoveries in astrophysics at the South Pole to driving economic development in communities across Pennsylvania, Penn State research is transforming society by furthering our understanding of the world and helping people in our own backyard, according to Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

Undergraduate engineering programs once again rank among nation's best


In the recently released 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks No. 21 in the country, advancing one place from last year's report.

Grant to investigate stronger, greener carbon fiber-reinforced plastics


Commercial planes burn hundreds of gallons of jet fuel per hour of flight, which can be costly for both airlines and the environment.

Aerospace engineering graduate student recognized by Aviation Week Network


Kriston Ramdass, an aerospace engineering master's student at Penn State, recently received the Aviation Week Network's 2021 20 Twenties Award.

Block by block: Researchers use Minecraft to advance artificial intelligence


Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, and Sarah Rajtmajer, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, recently received a $900,000 grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) skills.

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time


The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) was awarded another five years of funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA.

Hypersonic, autonomous flight research bolstered by $1.5 million grant


Hypersonic vehicles, which fly more than five times the speed of sound, are constrained by an important aspect: computational power.

Aerospace student receives Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship


Rachel Axten, a rising fourth-year doctoral student in aerospace engineering, was selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

Autonomous Robotics Competition Club wins $30K at drone contest


A team of Penn State aerospace engineering graduate students interested in unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, recently won third place overall at the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge, taking home $30,000 in prize money.

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings


The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

Penn State takes first in Collegiate Wind Competition


The Penn State Wind Energy Club won big at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home first overall in the competition and first in the project development contest.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE


The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2020-21 award cycle.

Graduate student finalists show their work during research pitch competition


Six Penn State graduate students involved in materials or engineering research presented a concise rundown of their research, in two minutes or less, for judges from companies including PPG, Corning, Dow and Murata at the finals of the Millennium Café PPG Elevator Pitch Competition on May 18.

Eco-friendly carbon-dioxide conversion process may revolutionize existing method


A new, environmentally friendly, single-step process has been developed to convert carbon dioxide into higher hydrocarbons using plasma, according to scientists and engineers.

Trustees approve plans, funds for new West 1 engineering building


The Board of Trustees today (May 7) approved the final plans and construction of a new engineering research and teaching space at the University Park campus.

Aerospace engineering student receives U.S. Department of Defense scholarship


David Schwab, doctoral student in aerospace engineering at Penn State, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

Engineering students earn scholarships from international society


The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) awarded Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarships to three Penn State engineering students.

Aerospace engineering undergraduate joins inaugural Patti Grace Smith class


The memory of Patti Grace Smith, a teen plaintiff in a United States Supreme Court case that resulted in the desegregation of Alabama schools who would later become head of Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, is continuing to inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.

Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30


The year 2021 marks the 20th celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates during the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity's Lavender Recognition ceremony.

10 engineering students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships


Ten outstanding students in the College of Engineering were recognized for their research and potential by the National Science Foundation.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Six faculty members receive 2021 Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching


Six Penn State faculty members have received the 2021 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award to advance robot ethics research


Alan Wagner, Hartz Family Career Development Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to support his research in human-robot interactions.

Five startup teams selected for 2021 Summer Founders program


The Summer Founders program selected five teams from a pool of applicants spanning eight different Penn State campuses, four academic colleges, and The Graduate School at Penn State.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

Wind Energy Club prepares to compete in Collegiate Wind Competition


Each year since 2014, the Penn State Wind Energy Club has competed in the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home more first place wins than any other team.

Newly elected national aerospace leader reflects on industry trends


Amy Pritchett, professor and head of Penn State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, was recently appointed chair of the Aerospace Department Chairs Association (ADCA) for a two-year term.

Propulsion expert joins aerospace engineering faculty


The first thing David Hall noticed about Penn State was the collaboration among faculty and students.

Engineering faculty, staff and alumni honored for exceptional contributions


The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) is recognizing the below faculty, staff and alumni of the Penn State College of Engineering for their outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Fund supports aerospace engineering students' hands-on learning


Aerospace engineering students across the country can explore a myriad of challenges in their courses, from designing their own drone to developing technology that could be installed on the moon. At Penn State, students can take these engineering projects one step further.

Aerospace engineering alumna selected as 2021 NASA flight director


Since second grade, Chloe Mehring dreamed of space. She went to Space Camp in junior high, researched NASA careers in high school and studied aerospace engineering in college to follow her aspirations.

A new course among early achievements for aerospace engineering faculty member


Since joining Penn State's College of Engineering in August 2019, Daning Huang has made quick work of advancing his research and teaching mission as assistant professor of aerospace engineering.

Aerospace engineer takes fluid approach for creative problem-solving


To Mark Miller, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, engineering is about imagination.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded more than $300,000 to six project teams through its Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants program.

Aerospace engineering student named fellow for international program


Jason Cornelius, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, has been selected as a Stanford United States-Russia Forum (SURF) fellow for the 2020-21 program.

NASA engineer turned faculty member inspires the next aerospace generation


In the short time since Eric Greenwood joined Penn State's College of Engineering, he has worked to inspire his students to foster their creativity to solve real-world problems in the classroom and in the laboratory.

Report calls for multipronged action to mitigate small aircraft lead emissions


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released on Jan. 12 a congressionally mandated report on reducing lead emissions from small aircraft -- the single largest lead emitter in the United States.

New engineering scholarship honors parents


Neither Bernard nor Florence Rokosz attended college. Bernard worked long hours as a truck driver and Florence was a bookkeeper to ensure all four of their daughters would graduate from college without debt.

Penn State Society of Women Engineers wins national award


The Penn State Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2020 Outstanding Collegiate Section (OCS) Gold Mission Award for the seventh consecutive year at the virtual WE20 National Conference.

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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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