Welcome from the Department Head
Welcome to the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, and welcome to our new website. We have redesigned this site to better introduce visitors to our world-class programs and the outstanding teaching, research, and outreach conducted by our faculty, students, and department.
Aerospace engineering is an exciting and rewarding field—one that continues to grow in national and global importance, along with an increasing demand for innovative, well-prepared aerospace engineers. It is a field ideally suited for students who are passionate about aircraft and spacecraft and who are interested in developing the most leading-edge technologies and systems that will push the boundaries of air and space travel to make the world a better place.
We offer a B.S. degree and graduate degrees (M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D.) in aerospace engineering, as well as a graduate minor in computational science and a graduate certificate in wind energy. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are ranked 14 by U.S. News & World Report surveys, and for the fourth time in the last six years, Penn State was voted the top talent supplier by aerospace and defense firms, according to the Aviation Week 2016 Workforce Study.
Our programs stress the basic principles of aerospace engineering and allow students to investigate challenging, fundamental problems in aerospace science and technology within a tight-knit collegial community. We also place great emphasis on ethics, leadership development, and communication skills.
Students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and labs, and a distinguished and diverse faculty who have expertise in both aeronautics and astronautics, with special emphases on vertical lift, computational methods, and aeroacoustics. Additional department research spans a broad area of interest, including aircraft and spacecraft controls, unmanned aircraft systems, orbital mechanics, and wind energy.
I have been with the department for nearly 40 years, and I cannot imagine a more enjoyable or educationally and personally rewarding environment for students to not only obtain their degrees, but to also be extremely well-prepared for positions of significant responsibility in industry, government, and academia.
We invite you to explore our programs, faculty, and research areas. On behalf of the department’s faculty and staff, thank you for visiting us. We hope to see you soon.
Philip J. Morris
Interim Department Head
Boeing/A.D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering