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Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams


Nineteen interdisciplinary research teams received funding through the Institutes of Energy and the Environment’s (IEE) Seed Grant Program for 2023. This includes more than 75 researchers who are affiliated with 10 colleges and research units across seven Penn State campuses.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2023 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. One student is selected to represent each of the 14 majors associated with the college and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

Joseph Horn named Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow


Joseph F. Horn, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was named a 2023 Vertical Flight Society Technical Fellow. Horn was one of nine individuals recognized by the society in 2023.

Penn State team to participate in NASA's Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project


A team co-led by the Penn State Student Space Programs Lab has been selected as one of 70 teams to participate in the 2023-24 Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project, co-sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Seven graduate students recognized with University awards


Forty Penn State graduate students, seven of whom are students in the College of Engineering, were named recipients of Penn State’s annual graduate student awards, administered by the Graduate School in collaboration with several Penn State units.

Daning Huang awarded Army grant to lead multi-institute project on drones


The U.S. Army has awarded a $179,489 grant to a multi-institute collaboration, led by Penn State and AnalySwift, to develop a tool to inform the required material properties of the morphing structure.

Aerospace engineering student wins international technical paper competition


Jessica Beyer, a graduate student of aerospace engineering at Penn State, is the overall winner of the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) Robert L. Lichten Award. She will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast during the society’s 79th Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Fla. on May 18.

Leonhard Center speaking contest showcases students’ communication skills


The Penn State College of Engineering’s Leonhard Center for Enhancement of Engineering Education held its biannual speaking contest on Feb. 7, showcasing students’ skills in translating technical knowledge into engaging presentations.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering's highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 13 at The Penn Stater.

17 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Seventeen new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since early fall 2022. The 12 tenured or tenure-line faculty and six professional track faculty represent 11 units and departments and include one new department head.

Abington engineering student parlays passion, aptitude for STEM into building career path


Javari Cherry, a second-year Penn State Abington aerospace engineering major, is laying the groundwork for the future by capitalizing on opportunities open to undergraduates in his field. Last summer, Cherry worked as a research assistant in a lab led by Jean Paul Allain, the Huck Chair Professor and head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Engineers named Fellows of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


James Coder and Jose Palacios, both Penn State associate professors of aerospace engineering, were selected to serve as 2023 Associate Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Aerospace engineers author new textbook on structural dynamics


George Lesieutre, professor of aerospace engineering, and Daning Huang, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, are two of three authors of a new textbook on structural dynamics. The graduate-level book, Structural Dynamics: Theory and Applications to Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Volume 50 will be published in February by Cambridge University Press.

Researchers to address new challenges in power grid with computational modeling


Yan Li, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, was awarded a three-year, $429,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computational tools to address new challenges arising in the modeling and control of the modern power grid.

Aerospace engineering department head at helm of aviation safety report


Amy Pritchett, head of the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, chairs a 10-person committee that published its first report on emerging commercial aviation safety trends in the United States, sponsored by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Aerospace engineering graduate student receives institute award


Damien Guého, a Penn State doctoral student in aerospace engineering, was awarded the $2,500 Guidance, Navigation and Control Graduate Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

28 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Twenty-eight new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since the end of the spring semester. The 17 tenured or tenure-line members and 11 non-tenure-line members represent 12 units and departments and include two new department heads.

Autonomous Robotics Competition Club earns $130,000 in drone challenge


A team of Penn State aerospace engineering graduate students placed in all three events in the 2021 First Responder UAS Triple Challenge, a drone design competition hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The team took home $130,000 in prize money.

Kriston Ramdass: ‘I Engineer Spaceflight’


The “I Engineer” campaign highlights excellence across Penn State’s College of Engineering and how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is alumnus Kriston Ramdass, who works for SpaceX as a test equipment engineer, where he is working to create the next generation of reusable rockets to transport humans from Earth to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Penn State becomes core member of new NSF center on autonomous air mobility


Penn State has joined the new National Science Foundation Center for Autonomous Air Mobility and Sensing as a founding core member. CAAMS is housed in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at Colorado University Boulder.

Aerospace engineer Robert Melton elected to international society


Robert Melton, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics, an organization focused on global scientific cooperation across disciplines to advance human space exploration.

Aerospace engineering student named NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher


Natalia Nigay, a doctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, was selected as a NASA Space Technology Graduate Researcher. She will study the use of beamed microwave energy propulsion on the moon.

Penn State ranks 31st among national public universities in U.S. News ranking


Penn State ranked 22 out of 212 schools in "Best Engineering Programs" at schools whose highest degree is a doctorate. The University also ranked well in a number of engineering specialties.

Media mention: “‘Over & Over Again’ exhibition bridges gap between science, art at Penn State’s HUB Galleries”


Sven Bilén, professor of engineering design, electrical engineering and aerospace engineering, and Ali Memari, Bernard and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction, director of PHRC and professor of architectural engineering and civil and environmental engineering, were recently featured in a Daily Collegian article.

Professor, graduate student soar to success through shared sailplane passion


When aerospace engineering doctoral student Chris Axten was a child, he would sometimes accompany his mother to her work at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland and watch the aircraft flying overhead, curious about how such large vehicles could move through the air. His curiosity grew, and when he enrolled at Penn State in 2012 as a first-year undergraduate student, the Department of Aerospace Engineering was his top choice. Once he met Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, Axten’s interest in aircraft solidified into a passion for sailplanes. Over the last two years, that dedication has resulted in national recognition from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Media Mention: ‘Educators: Development of electric rotocraft excites students’


Eric Greenwood, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was recently quoted in Aerospace American. Greenwood discussed the excitement surrounding electric aircraft vertical takeoff and landing and the technical challenges involved with its development.

Penn State engineering ranks highly in Academic Ranking of World University Subjects


Penn State ranks in the top 50 in 16 subject area rankings — two of which are from the College of Engineering — and in the top 100 in the world in an additional 14 subjects — including three related to the College of Engineering — according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Penn State takes third in vertical flight student competition


Penn State’s Autonomous Robotics Competition Club placed third out of nine teams in the Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition, the Vertical Flight Society announced.

Geosciences professor named director of Penn State planetary science consortium


Effective July 1, Christopher House, professor of geosciences, will serve as director of the Consortium for Planetary and Exoplanetary Sciences and Technology, which includes researchers from the College of Engineering.

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