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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.

College of Engineering recognizes early career alumni


The Penn State College of Engineering will recognize 11 early career alumni for their achievements and demonstrated commitment to their professions, communities and Penn State at a ceremony on June 17 at University Park.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants


The College of Engineering recently awarded six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to faculty members, including one in partnership with the College of Health and Human Development and another with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Media Mention: ‘Penn State, Westinghouse partner to advance science, nuclear engineering innovations’


Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, discusses the partnership between Penn State and Westinghouse to explore science and nuclear engineering innovations to address societal needs.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Engineering students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarship


Three Penn State engineering students have received Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense.  

NASA features concrete project led by Penn State


The Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification project, an ongoing endeavor run by the Concrete Research Group at Penn State, was recently featured on NASA’s website as one of five research studies contributing to deep space exploration.

2022 spring student marshal: Brian Druby


Brian Druby has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for aerospace engineering.

Engineers honored with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics awards


Ken Brentner, professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aeroacoustics Award, while Karen Thole, Penn State Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received the AIAA Thermophysics Award.

Built like a bird: Modeling aircraft after nature with young investigator grant


Xin Ning, Penn State assistant professor of aerospace engineering, will develop morphable wings for unmanned aircraft inspired by bird flight in a three-year, $510,000 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Peter Kunz


Peter “Pete” Kunz, vice president and chief engineer of Boeing Phantom Works, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Aerospace engineering student earns Brooke Owens Fellowship


Mya Guillaume, a third-year aerospace engineering student, was named a 2022 Brooke Owens fellow. The fellowship was founded in 2016 to honor the memory of D. Brooke Owens, an aerospace industry professional and pilot, and recognizes students from underrepresented gender backgrounds with a career interest in aerospace.

Aerospace engineering faculty’s research highlighted on journal cover


A research paper led by Xin Ning, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, was featured on the September 2021 cover of Advanced Materials Technologies, a technology-related materials applications journal.

Nine engineers recognized with $5.5 million in NSF early career awards


Nine faculty members in Penn State’s College of Engineering earned National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards. Each project funded ranges in duration from three and a half to five years, with grants from roughly $500,000 to more than $800,000.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


The College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory showcases for the fall 2021 semester took place virtually from Dec. 10 – 17 and in-person on Dec. 7. Students in the senior capstone design courses presented the culmination of their semester-long projects at the events.

Engineering research expenditures highly ranked by NSF


The Penn State College of Engineering ranks fourth in the country for total research expenditures, according to the most recent National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development research expenditures, released in January 2022.

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