Aerospace engineer to develop integrative studies course focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of robots and ethics

Through the Integrative Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will develop and teach a course titled "Robots and Their Role in Society."

Aerospace engineer is getting tough on ceramics with ONR grant

Namiko Yamamoto, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was recently awarded $447,663 through the Office of Naval Research Sea-Based Aviation Airframe Structures and Materials program to study fundamental toughening mechanisms of novel ceramic composites.

Penn State students compete to solve problem of trajectory design

The Astrodynamics Research Group of Penn State placed 1st out of U.S. student teams, 7th out of all U.S. teams, and 23rd out of the 70 teams that competed around the world in the 2017 Global Trajectory Optimization Competition.

When it comes to the future of wind energy, kids have all the power

The Pennsylvania Wind for Schools Program is providing wind energy education at primary and secondary schools to help build a skilled workforce for the future.

Transforming the power of young minds

The Penn State Wind Energy Club was awarded an E2 Energy to Educate Grant which will provide funding to educate secondary school students on wind energy.

Penn State Wind Energy Club breezes to victory in Collegiate Wind Competition

The Wind Energy Club breezed through the field at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge, held April 20-22 at the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.

Aerospace Engineering awarded $1.7M from NASA University Leadership Initiative

Penn State is a member of a multi-university research team led by researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that was selected by NASA to explore transformative system-level aviation innovations as part of NASA Aeronautics' University Leadership Initiative.

Engineering's McTernan receives graduate assistant teaching award

Jesse McTernan, Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, was named a recipient of the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

Aerospace graduate student wins award at 2017 CERS

Aerospace engineering Ph.D. candidate Ethan Corle won first prize in the Art in Science competition at the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium.

Covert named aerospace engineering student marshal for spring 2017 commencement

Senior Christopher Covert has been selected as the student marshal for the aerospace engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 5. Covert will receive a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering.

Stewart wins Commission for Women Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award

Susan Stewart, senior research associate and associate professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of the Penn State Commission for Women 2017 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Amelia Batcha, NASA Johnson Space Center

Amelia Batcha is shooting for the Moon at NASA.

Five engineering students receive VFF scholarships

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, recently awarded Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships to five Penn State Engineering students.

Rarick named 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna

Heather L. Rarick, Flight Operations Directorate, assistant director for Commercial Crew Program, NASA Johnson Space Center, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumna by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Aerospace student puts people in motion to support veterans

Aerospace engineering junior Robert Veltre III is the founder and race director of the Brave American Classic 5K and 10K, which benefits the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness.

Aerospace/EMS alum working for SpaceX says travel to Mars within reach

Aerospace engineering alumnus Michael Policelli is supporting the effort to launch manned missions to Mars in a quest to colonize our neighboring planet.

To infinity ... and beyond

In 1983, Penn State alumnus Guion S. "Guy" Bluford became the first African-American astronaut to go to space, as a member of the crew aboard the third flight of the space shuttle Challenger.

Creed Reilly, aerospace engineering senior, is making a difference in his community

Creed Reilly is currently the president of Boulevard, a Penn State community service organization dedicated to providing a pathway for members to positively impact communities while making lasting friendships.

Doing it FTK 2017: Sohum Haribhakti

Aerospace engineering senior Sohum Haribhakti has been involved with THON since his freshman year and is continuing his fight for the kids.

Aerospace engineering student appointed a CERI student for spring 2017

Jason Cornelius, a senior in aerospace engineering, has been selected to participate in the Penn State College of Engineering Research Initiative program for spring 2017, where he will conduct studies on the computational fluid dynamics of a quadcopter.

Autonomous flight--it's not just for the birds

Aerospace engineering researchers are going to new heights to improve the intelligence and autonomy of robotic aircraft to enable new science, military, and civil missions.

Long wins 2017 AIAA Aerospace Software Engineering Award

Distinguished Professor Lyle Long has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Software Engineering Award.

Penn State VLRCOE awarded $13 million for vertical lift technology research

The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence was awarded funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to support fundamental research and educational activities for students.

Time and (wind) energy well spent

Engineering Penn State sat down with Susan Stewart, senior research associate and associate professor of aerospace engineering, to shoot the breeze about her innovative and successful teaching methods for the online graduate certificate in Wind Energy.

Smith named AIAA Associate Fellow

Ed Smith, professor of aerospace engineering, has been named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow.

Horn receives prestigious flight simulation award

Joe Horn, professor of aerospace engineering, has been selected to receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2017 de Florez Award for Flight Simulation.

Penn State named top talent supplier by aerospace and defense firms

For the fourth time in six years, Penn State topped the list of preferred suppliers of engineering talent to the aerospace and defense industry, according to the Aviation Week 2016 Workforce Study.

Department welcomes new faculty member

The Department of Aerospace Engineering is excited and proud to welcome Alan R. Wagner as its newest faculty member.

Morris named interim head of aerospace engineering

Philip J. Morris, Boeing/A.D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed interim head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, effective immediately.

Seven engineering students receive Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships

American Helicopter Society International recently awarded Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships to seven Penn State aerospace engineering students.

Graduate student leads team to victory in aerospace engineering design contest

Penn State graduate student Davide Conte recently led a team of international graduate students to a sweep at the 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Forum in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Cleared for takeoff: University use of unmanned air vehicles resumes

Unmanned air vehicles are flying again at Penn State for research, teaching, and public service under the auspices of the Office for Research Protections.

Penn State students get second win(d) in Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The Penn State Wind Energy Club was the overall winner and claimed first place in the Business Plan and Turbine Testing contests at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 in New Orleans.

Aerospace doctoral candidate named top-5 winner in research pitch competition

Graduate student Jessica Morgan was recently named a top-5 winner at the 2nd annual Millennium Café Pitch Competition held at the Millenium Science Complex on May 17.

Aerospace engineering alumnus receives Navy's Lead Tester Award

Tom Briggs, a 1990 aerospace engineering graduate, won the 2015 Department of the Navy Test and Evaluation Award for Lead Tester.

Yamamoto receives ONR grant for scalable manufacturing of polymer nanocomposites

Namiko Yamamoto, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded $376,599 through the Office of Naval Research Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology program for her research proposal titled "1D-Patterned Nanocomposites Structured Using Oscillating Magnetic Fields."

Daniel Streeter named Penn State College of Engineering student marshal

Daniel R. Streeter has been selected as the student marshal for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6.

Heller earns engineering alumni society's Staff Innovation Award

Austin (Kirk) Heller, systems administrator in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named recipient of the 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Staff Innovation Award.

Matt Shaw named student marshal for spring 2016 commencement

Matthew J. Shaw will be the student marshal for the aerospace engineering baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 6.

Aerospace Engineering graduate students take home honors at 2016 CERS

Penn State Aerospace Engineering graduate students Philip B. Mainwaring and Jason Reiter took home first and second place in the Afternoon Paper/Oral Presentations category at the 13th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS).

Aerospace Alum to speak at Penn State Brandywine commencement

Mike Arata, Penn State alumnus, director of engineering at United Airlines, and Penn State Brandywine advisory board member, will be the speaker at Penn State Brandywine’s fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, in the Commons Building Gymnasium on campus.

Aerospace Alum to participate in coin toss in Saturday's game against Army

Guion S. Bluford will represent Penn State in Saturday's Penn State-Army football game coin toss.

Penn State among top schools for aerospace and defense in Aviation Week 2015 Workforce Study

Aviation Week & Space Technology recently released the results of its 2015 Workforce Study and Penn State is the only university to appear in the top five in all three categories under "Top Schools for Aerospace and Defense."



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