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Richard Auhl

Senior Research Assistant and Laboratory Director

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 226 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-777-5381

Low Speed Aerodynamics; Wind tunnel design & testing; Paravanes; Undergraduate Aerodynamics Lab (AERSP 405)

 
 
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Michelle Barnyak

Staff Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 225 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6361

 
 
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Tammy Besecker

Administrative Support Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 225 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6357

Finances and assigned projects

 
 
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Sven Bilen

Head of SEDTAPP, and Professor

School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 213C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1526

Personal or Departmental Website

electrodynamic-tethers; measurements of space plasmas and environments; spacecraft-plasma interactions; plasma diagnostics; engineering design and entrepreneurship; innovative design; software-defined radio; systems

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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Debbie Boyle

Accounting Clerk

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 227B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1043

 
 
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Kenneth Brentner

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233D HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6433

Personal or Departmental Website

Rotorcraft acoustics, Computational aeroacoustics, High-performance computing, Aerodynamics.

 
 
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Cengiz Camci

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 223 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-9871

Personal or Departmental Website

Aerothermodynamics of turbomachinery, fluid mechanics, heat transfer in propulsion systems, non-intrusive flow diagnostics, liquid crystal thermography, finite element method in fluid mechanics and heat transfer, computational fluid dynamics.

Publications  

 
 
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Mark Catalano

IT Manager and Systems Coordinator

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 226 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-5921

Systems, Network administration, Electronics systems design.

 
 
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Stephen Conlon

Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor

Applied Research Laboratory

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 3220B G THOMAS WATER TUNL

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-9894

 
 
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Sheila Corl

Administrative Support Coordinator

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 227C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6997

Administrative Support Coordinator

 
 
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Amy Custer

Undergraduate Program Staff Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 229 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6432

Undergraduate Program Staff Assistant; aerospace student organization contact; aerospace co-op contact

 
 
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Benjamin Enders

IT Support Specialist

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 210 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-3767

 
 
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Elaine Gustus

Instructional Designer

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 231A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-7457

 
 
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Austin (Kirk) Heller

Systems Administrator

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 48 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-5703

Computer Systems (Mac, Windows, Linux)

 
 
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Joseph Horn

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 231C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6434

Personal or Departmental Website

Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control, Rotorcraft Flight Dynamics and Control

Publications  

 
 
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Brenda Kasubick

Bookkeeper

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 227B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-1077

 
 
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Jacob Langelaan

Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233G HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-6817

Personal or Departmental Website

Sensor fusion and estimation, control and path planning for autonomous vehicles and robots. Autonomous mobility in cluttered terrain. Cooperative estimation by teams of autonomous robots or distributed sensor networks. Autonomous soaring flight.

Publications  

 
 
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George Lesieutre

Assocaite Dean for Research

PROFESSOR

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 225A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0103

Personal or Departmental Website

Structural dynamics of aerospace vehicles, composites. Vibration control, passive damping. Adaptive structures, piezoelectric actuation. Health monitoring, energy harvesting. Systems engineering.

 
 
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Jules Lindau

Senior Research Associate and Associate Professor

Applied Research Laboratory

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 3330B G THOMAS WATER TUNNEL

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-8938

 
 
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Lyle Long

Distinguished Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Office: 229C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1172

Personal or Departmental Website

Intelligent Systems, Software Engineering, Neural Networks, Robotics, Parallel Computing, and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Director, Graduate Minor in Computational Science.

Publications  Research Projects  

 
 
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Mark Maughmer

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233F HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-4485

Personal or Departmental Website

Aerodynamics, aircraft design, aircraft stability and control.

Publications  

 
 
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Deborah Mayes

Department Head and Staff Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 225A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0065

 
 
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Robert Melton

Professor

DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 229B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1185

Personal or Departmental Website

Astrodynamics, orbital mechanics, spacecraft design, trajectory optimization.

Publications  

 
 
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Michael Micci

Professor

DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE PROGRAM

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 230C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0043

Personal or Departmental Website

Rocket propulsion: solid propellant combustion, oscillatory combustion, electric propulsion, advanced rocket propulsion concepts.

Publications  

 
 
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James Miller

Research Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 42D HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0178

Conduct research on gas dynamics, flow visualization, optical flow diagnostics, and a variety of thermal-science topics important to industrial processes and national security.

 
 
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Lindsay Moist

Graduate Program Staff Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 229 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-6431

 
 
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Philip Morris

Interim Department Head

BOEING/A.D. WELLIVER PROFESSOR

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0157

Personal or Departmental Website

Aeroacoustics, numerical simulation, hydrodynamic stability, turbulence modeling.

 
 
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Debbie Mottin

Staff Assistant

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233C HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1966

Staff assistant for the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence

 
 
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Jose Palacios

Assistant Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233H HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-4871

Personal or Departmental Website

Aircraft icing, Rotorcraft aeromechanics, Active rotors.

 
 
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Sven Schmitz

Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 232B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0778

Personal or Departmental Website

Basic and applied research in computational fluid dynamics and wind energy.

Publications  

 
 
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Edward Smith

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 231D HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0966

Personal or Departmental Website

Director - Penn State Rotorcraft Center; American Helicopter Society faculty advisor; Rotorcraft dynamics and aeromechanics; Composite and smart structures; Active and passive vibration control; Elastomeric materials.

 
 
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Chris Spallino

Communications Strategist

Communications Department

Aerospace Engineering

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Office: 248 E. Calder Way, 4th Floor

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-6223

 
 
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David Spencer

Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 229A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-4537

Personal or Departmental Website

Spacecraft dynamics and control, theoretical and applied astrodynamics, trajectory optimization, and spacecraft systems engineering.

 
 
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Susan Stewart

Senior Research Associate

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 233E HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-863-0138

Personal or Departmental Website

Publications  

 
 
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Alan R. Wagner

Assistant Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 230B HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-3138

Personal or Departmental Website

Autonomous System Control and Planning, Human-Robot Interaction and Teaming, Social Robotics, Machine Ethics, RoboEthics, Humanitarian and Search and Rescue robotics, Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Systems

 
 
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Namiko Yamamoto

Assistant Professor

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 232A HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-867-5775

Personal or Departmental Website

Nano- and micro-engineered materials, multi-functional composites, microfabrication, scalable manufacturing.

 
 
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Michael Yukish

Research Associate and Assistant Professor

Applied Research Laboratory

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 4110D Applied Science Building

E-mail:

 
 
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Jianhua Zhang

Research Associate

Aerospace Engineering

Office: 229 HAMMOND BUILDING

E-mail:

Phone: 814-865-1990

 
 

About

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 16th 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