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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.

Air accessibility: Most commercial planes could accommodate personal wheelchairs


Many U.S. passenger airplanes could accommodate personal powered wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs often customized to the user, according to a report?from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

To the stars: Aerospace engineering students find a home in astrophysics lab


Aerospace engineering students Logan Baker and Gooderham McCormick are finishing out their degrees in an unconventional way: By designing and building a spacecraft.

New Penn State consortium launches to help fuel the energy revolution


Energy production and use presents a multilayered challenge that includes technical, social and environmental intricacies. With such a complex challenge at hand, Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has launched a focused effort called the Consortium for Integrated Energy Systems (CIES).

Penn State to honor astronaut Colonel Guion 'Guy' Bluford Jr.


Colonel Guion "Guy" Bluford Jr., who earned his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State in 1964 and became the first African American in space, will receive multiple honors from his alma mater this week in recognition of his significant professional achievements.

New aerospace engineering faculty launches multidisciplinary trajectory


In the words of late computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra, "A picture may be worth a thousand words; a formula is worth a thousand pictures." Roshan Eapen, a new faculty member in the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, describes his research as such, aiming to leverage the geometry of complex phenomena to create mathematical frameworks.

Aerospace engineering design team places second in vertical flight competition


A Penn State undergraduate design team took second place at the Vertical Flight Society's 38th Annual Student Design Competition, edging out other competitors with their autonomous vertical takeoff and landing aircraft named "Albatross."

Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science


The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges -- the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, the College of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science -- will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science.

NASA grant to enable explorations of concrete behavior in Moon-like gravity


Concrete is a promising material for building structures on the moon or even Mars due to its strength, quick forming and ability to be made with ingredients already existing in those remote places.

Barron discusses broad impact of Penn State research for trustees


From detecting subatomic particles that usher in new discoveries in astrophysics at the South Pole to driving economic development in communities across Pennsylvania, Penn State research is transforming society by furthering our understanding of the world and helping people in our own backyard, according to Penn State President Eric J. Barron.

Undergraduate engineering programs once again rank among nation's best


In the recently released 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings, the Penn State College of Engineering ranks No. 21 in the country, advancing one place from last year's report.

Grant to investigate stronger, greener carbon fiber-reinforced plastics


Commercial planes burn hundreds of gallons of jet fuel per hour of flight, which can be costly for both airlines and the environment.

Aerospace engineering graduate student recognized by Aviation Week Network


Kriston Ramdass, an aerospace engineering master's student at Penn State, recently received the Aviation Week Network's 2021 20 Twenties Award.

Block by block: Researchers use Minecraft to advance artificial intelligence


Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, and Sarah Rajtmajer, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, recently received a $900,000 grant from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) skills.

Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence renewed for sixth time


The Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE) was awarded another five years of funding through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and NASA.

Hypersonic, autonomous flight research bolstered by $1.5 million grant


Hypersonic vehicles, which fly more than five times the speed of sound, are constrained by an important aspect: computational power.

Aerospace student receives Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship


Rachel Axten, a rising fourth-year doctoral student in aerospace engineering, was selected to receive the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship.

Autonomous Robotics Competition Club wins $30K at drone contest


A team of Penn State aerospace engineering graduate students interested in unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, recently won third place overall at the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge, taking home $30,000 in prize money.

West Campus groundbreaking ceremony to highlight new engineering buildings


The Penn State College of Engineering will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction of two new West Campus buildings, West 1 and West 2, on Friday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The in-person, by-invitation ceremony will also be livestreamed for the Penn State community and general public.

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