Sailplane Lab

The Sailplane Lab is used primarily by undergraduate students who are enrolled in the Flight Vehicle Design and Fabrication class (AERSP 204H/404H). In this workshop, students fabricate sailplanes, human-powered aircraft, and model airplanes, as well as composite parts for other vehicles being fabricated by students in the major.

Along with the tools and materials required for manufacturing composite structures, the lab is equipped with a ventilation system, a high-pressure air systems, and a mobile vacuum pump. In addition, a variety of carbon and aramid fibers are available in different weaves, along with a number of epoxy resin systems.

Key Faculty: Mark Maughmer



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