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


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — 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 results appeared in an Aviation Week article on aerospace and defense (A&D) workforce issues.

Penn State was listed number one in the Preferred Supplier category and 3rd and 5th in the Where Most Grads Hired and Alma Mater of Young Professionals categories, respectively.

George Lesieutre, head of aerospace engineering, said this is the third time in five years that Penn State topped the list of preferred suppliers for the A&D industry.

He added that in addition to aerospace engineering, the A&D business sector hires from virtually all branches of engineering. “This recognition reflects very well not only on our department — whose faculty and staff are extraordinarily dedicated to student success — but also on other departments and the College of Engineering, and I’m pleased to acknowledge their contributions to our joint success.”

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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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