Penn State named top talent supplier by aerospace and defense firms


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – 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.

The University also ranked fourth, up one spot from 2015’s study, in the Alma Mater by Young Professionals category, which ranks universities that young professionals, ages 35 and younger, believe are the most influential to their career success.

Philip Morris, interim head of aerospace engineering and Boeing/A.D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering, said “Penn State’s continued success in developing students who are sought after by the aerospace and defense industry is a reflection of the high quality of our students and the achievements of the faculty to provide strong foundations in aerospace engineering.”

According to Aviation Week, the workforce study surveyed 31 aerospace and defense industry companies and federally funded research centers, representing 66 percent, or 546,186 employees, of the sector’s total employment in the United States. A 10 percent random sample of young professionals from participating companies was used to create the list of alma maters.

The annual workforce study is designed to answer basic questions about the aerospace and defense industry's ability to meet ever-changing customer requirements through the innovation, ingenuity and capability of its people.


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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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