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Q&A: Is it safe to fly? Airline safety expert on modern commercial flight


In light of recent news regarding congressional action on aviation safety, Penn State News spoke with Amy Pritchett, department head of aerospace engineering and professor in Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Comprehensive scholarship program graduates first class of engineering leaders


In 2020, the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need. This spring, the first cohort of A. James Clark Scholars will graduate from the Penn State College of Engineering.

College of Engineering names student marshals for spring 2024 commencement


The Penn State College of Engineering has named its student marshals for the spring 2024 commencement ceremony.

Q&A: Space research at Penn State highlighted with international workshop


Penn State co-hosted a two-day virtual summit for the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) that focused on emerging space technologies and in-space assembly and manufacturing.

Daning Huang receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award


Daning Huang, assistant professor of aerospace engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, earned a five-year, $626,006 U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his project that addresses morphing autonomous aerial systems.

Twelve alumni recognized with College of Engineering’s highest honor


Twelve Penn State engineering graduates have been selected to receive the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Edward Smith named distinguished professor of aerospace engineering


Edward Smith, professor of aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named a distinguished professor by Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

3D printing affordable, sustainable and resilient housing in Alaska


Alaska needs an estimated 27,500 new housing units over the next 10 years to alleviate overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, according to the Alaska Housing Foundation Corporation. A Penn State interdisciplinary team that includes researchers from the College of Engineering is looking to alleviate some of that stress with a $376,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology


A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory won the 2023 Innovation Award at NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Media mention: ‘This cargo plane flew with no pilot on board’


Jack Langelaan, professor and director of graduate programs in the Penn State College of Engineering Department of Aerospace Engineering, was quoted in an article on CNN’s website that discussed a cargo plane that completed a 50-mile flight with no one on board.

Aerospace engineering professor discusses mitigating the climate impact of contrails


The latest episode of "Growing Impact" features a team of researchers that is exploring how to mitigate aviation’s climate impacts, specifically the warming effect created by contrails. Sven Schmitz, the Boeing/A. D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering, is featured.

Q&A: What is the space between Earth and the moon and why does it matter?


Two faculty members in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, Professor Puneet Singla and Assistant Professor Roshan Eapen, are part of a team of researchers from four universities collaborating on a $4.5 million project to better understand cislunar space — the area between Earth and the moon — critical for future space exploration.

Five engineering students receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


The Graduate School at Penn State welcomed 20 new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients for the 2023-24 academic year. Five College of Engineering graduate students received the fellowship, and two engineering graduate students were recognized as honorable mentions.

Diversity, inclusivity are driving forces behind wind energy club’s success


The Penn State Wind Energy Club was awarded second place at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 10th Annual Collegiate Wind Competition. The club also won the Project Development Contest and the Connection Creation Contest.?

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.

Puneet Singla named distinguished lecturer of Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society


The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), a division of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), recently named Puneet Singla, Penn State professor of aerospace engineering, a 2023-2024 distinguished lecturer.

This Penn Stater’s job is ‘out of this world’


Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus Pavara Ranatunga, whose work supports the International Space Station, is headed toward obtaining his third Penn State degree.

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.

Five engineering student teams honored in national airport design competition


Five student teams from Penn State’s Engineering Leadership Development program in the School of Engineering Design and Innovation earned recognition in the 17th-annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program.

Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023


Non-tenure-line faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023, include more than 20 engineering faculty members.

NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant announces its 2023 fellowship, scholarship winners


Fourteen graduate students from Penn State have been awarded research fellowships from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, including three from the College of Engineering.

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