Penn State_s Blue Sparrow team named Phase I winner of GoFly Prize
A team of Penn State Aerospace Engineering faculty and students is one step closer to making electric-powered human flight a reality after winning a Phase I award for the GoFly Prize, a worldwide competition to build the world's first personal flying device for anyone, anywhere. >>  
FALL 2018
Amy Pritchett

While maintaining our traditional strengths across Aerospace Engineering, our department has also grown substantially into the area of aerospace autonomy over the last two years. Autonomy has exploded in the capabilities it brings to the aerospace industry. In some cases, 'autonomy' reflects the increasing capability for machines to take over functions traditionally performed by humans. This definition of autonomy as a machine, relative to a human, reflects the tension between them. We already have substantial automated capabilities in the safest system ever--air transport--but this domain is finding that this automation, while preventing some failure modes, also creates new ones.  >>
An experimental rocket engine to collect beamed microwave energy to heat propellants to plasma temperatures.
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Rachel Axten finding her passion
Wagner to explore impact of social robots_artificial intelligence used in higher education

Through a recently awarded fellowship from Penn State   Teaching and Learning with Technology, Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will develop an experimental framework, using immersive social spaces, to investigate how social, artificially intelligent robots in higher education can foster and enforce ethical behavior and academic integrity with students. >> 
Engineering students receive Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships

The Vertical Flight Society recently awarded Vertical Flight Foundation scholarships to three Penn State engineering students, including two from aerospace engineering. >> 
  • Ethan Corle, Scott Hromisin named winners at College of Engineering Research Symposium >>
  • Keerti Prakash awarded multiple scholarships by the College of Engineering for academic excellence >>
  • Rachel Axten received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship >>
  • Regis Thedin received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics John Leland Atwood Graduate Award >>
  • Kriston Ramdass troubleshoots for international space mission during co-op >> 
  • Aerospace undergraduate student team placed 10th in the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition >>
  • Gracelyne Allred featured in The Daily Collegian article: "'When I grow up': Penn State students share how their career goals have changed over time." >>
  • Jason Cornelius launched a YouTube channel to share his NASA experience >>
  • Penn State Wind Energy Club took second place in the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2018
We Are . . . Hiring!

The aerospace engineering department invites nominations and applications for multiple full-time, tenure-track faculty positions starting in fall 2019. The anticipated positions are intended for the rank of assistant professor, although exceptional applicants at more senior ranks may also be considered.

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  • Judson Rupert ('02 AERSP) named Aircraft Maintenance Technology's 2018 Next Gen 40 Under 40 Award recipient >>
  • Bernard P. Miller ('50 AERSP) wrote the chapter titled "Ranger Missions," published in the online Encyclopedia of Lunar Science by Springer International Publishing >> 
  • Col. Regina Sabric ('95 AERSP) became Air Force Reserve's first female F-35 pilot >>
  • Kiran Govindswamy ('92 M.S., '95 Ph.D.) was promoted to vice president-powertrain, vehicle engineering & NVH at FEV North America, Inc. >>
  • NASA celebrated Guion "Guy" Bluford's ('64 AERSP) historic first flight in space >>
  • Bobby Braun ('87 AERSP) named a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the College of Engineering >>
Alumni are encouraged to submit news and updates to
Graduate Research Opportunities
Engineering Design Showcase  >>

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