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


Guion S. Bluford will represent Penn State in Saturday’s coin toss. Bluford received a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1964 and was honored as a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus in 1983. His career began as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, flying 144 missions during the Vietnam War, before becoming a NASA astronaut in 1979. Bluford became the first African-American to travel in space in 1983, as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger. He retired in 1993 and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997.


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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

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