Faculty Openings

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering

The College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head of the Aerospace Engineering department. The College seeks an individual who will provide innovative and energetic leadership with effective administrative skills and a strong commitment to higher education.

The Department Head will lead the aerospace faculty and staff, and will also be a member of the College of Engineering Leadership Team. The Department Head will work to further enhance the high standards that Penn State Aerospace Engineering has established in teaching, research, and service to the technical community and society. The successful candidate will have a widely recognized reputation in aerospace engineering and will have demonstrated effective administrative and interpersonal skills. An earned doctorate is required, and the candidate should be either a full tenured professor or eligible for immediate tenure at the full professor rank.

The Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, established in 1961 and the only aerospace engineering department in Pennsylvania, is an international leader in aerospace education, research, and engagement. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 14th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. One in 25 holders of a B.S. degree in aerospace engineering in the U.S. earned it from Penn State, and Penn State aerospace engineering students are consistently among the most highly recruited by industry, government, and graduate schools nationwide. The 2016 Aviation Week Workforce Study listed Penn State as the most-preferred supplier of engineering talent to the aerospace and defense industries.

The department has established research programs in aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, unmanned air vehicles, propulsion, orbital mechanics, smart structures, vibration control, and rotorcraft engineering. Leading-edge research efforts are also being developed in areas such as autonomy, commercial space vehicles, nano-manufacturing, and wind energy. The department currently has 16 full-time faculty members, with more than 225 juniors and seniors and more than 100 graduate students. Annual research expenditures exceed $6 million.

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is also administratively aligned with the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics (www.acs.psu.edu), and the Department Head of Aerospace Engineering is the supervisor of the Director of the Acoustics Program.

Penn State at University Park is a land-grant institution and major research university located within the beautiful Appalachian mountains of central Pennsylvania. State College and nearby communities within Centre County are home to roughly 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students, and offer a rich variety of cultural, recreational, educational, and athletic activities. State College is a wonderful community offering a high quality of life.

Nominations and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Screening of applicants will begin immediately. It is intended that the position will be filled by the Fall 2017 academic year. Applicants should submit a statement of professional interests, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of four professional references. Please submit these three items in one PDF file electronically to https://psu.jobs/job/67134. Applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Inquiries can be made to Joe Horn at joehorn@psu.edu or (814) 865-6434.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, females, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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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

Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569