Brownell named aerospace engineering student marshal


By Mariah Chuprinski

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Matthew T. Brownell has been named the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s student marshal for Penn State’s spring commencement, which will be held virtually on May 9. Brownell will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering.

Brownell has chosen Puneet Singla, associate professor of aerospace engineering, to be his faculty marshal.

College of Engineering student marshals are selected for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to engineering student life.

Brownell received the Leonhard Scholars Aerospace Engineering Scholarship. He is graduating with his bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four due to Advanced Placement course credits and taking summer classes.

While attending Penn State Abington, Brownell participated in the Abington College Undergraduate Research Activities in 2017, where he won first place. For his research project, Brownell surveyed an arm of the Milky Way galaxy, where he operated a twenty-meter radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, to survey hydrogen cloud density.

Brownell completed three internships while at Penn State. He worked as a head programmer for RAM Precision, where he developed a program for the automation of data entry and processing for sales of machine parts. He worked as a sentry analysis engineering intern for KCF Technologies, where he supported the company’s full-time sentry analyst team in monitoring the health of clients’ machines. He was also a college student technical specialist for Lockheed Martin, where he participated in mission system development, integration and testing for rotary- and fixed-winged aircraft.

Brownell is a 2017 graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham. He is the son of Karin Brownell of Ambler.

Following graduation, Brownell will either join Lockheed Martin as a satellite systems engineer or attend graduate school at Penn State.


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