Penn State College of Engineering
|College of Engineering|
|Dean||Amr S. Elnashai|
|Location||University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
The Penn State College of Engineering is the engineering school of the Pennsylvania State University. It was established in 1896, under the leadership of George W. Atherton. Today, with 13 academic departments, over 9,700 enrolled students  and research expenditures that exceed 100 million dollars annually, the Penn State College of Engineering is one of the leading engineering schools in the United States. It is estimated that approximately one out of every fifty engineers in the United States got their bachelor's degree from Penn State.
Academic departments and rankings
The Penn State College of Engineering was ranked 19th on the list of Best Engineering Undergraduate Schools 2014 and 25th on the list of Best Engineering Graduate Schools in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The college has 13 degree granting academic departments, many of which are ranked in top 10 nationally:
- Acoustics (grants only graduate degrees)
- Aerospace Engineering - undergraduate program ranked 10th nationally, graduate program ranked 12th.
- Agricultural and Biological Engineering - undergraduate program ranked 10th nationally, graduate program ranked 9th.
- Architectural Engineering
- Bioengineering (also called biomedical engineering)
- Chemical Engineering - undergraduate program ranked 16th nationally, graduate program ranked 21st.
- Civil and Environmental Engineering - Civil Engineering undergraduate program ranked 14th nationally, graduate program ranked 19th; Environmental Engineering graduate program ranked 16th nationally.
- Computer Science and Engineering - Computer Science graduate program ranked 28th nationally; Computer Engineering graduate program ranked 20th nationally.
- Electrical Engineering - graduate program ranked 25th nationally.
- Engineering Science and Mechanics - undergraduate program ranked 6th nationally.
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - undergraduate program ranked 6th nationally in 2014, graduate program ranked 4th.
- Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering- mechanical engineering undergraduate program ranked 13th nationally, graduate program ranked 16th. Nuclear engineering graduate program ranked 5th nationally.
- School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) (offers design courses)
- The departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Environmental Systems Engineering, and Energy Engineering are under the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
College of Engineering student body is relatively large, and in 2009 out of 9,736 enrolled students (8,278 undergraduate and 1,458 graduate), 1,480 were women and 545 minorities. First woman engineer to graduate from Penn State was Frances Barbara Hosfeld from Scranton who got a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1921 
The average class size for students in their major is 25. Also, 21% of students in the Schreyer Honors College are from the College of Engineering.
In addition to intradepartmental research, Penn State College of Engineering faculty and students also conduct research through interdisciplinary research centers and institutes:
- Applied Research Laboratory (ARL)
- Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence (VLRCOE)
- Center for Acoustics and Vibration (CAV)
- Institute for Computational Science
- Materials Research Institute
- Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
- First accredited in 1936, Architectural Engineering program at Penn State is nation's oldest continuously accredited curriculum in this field.
- In 1923, professor Paul Schweitzer started one of the first systematic research programs in diesel engineering in United States.
- In 1909, the first Industrial Engineering academic department and baccalaureate program in the nation were established at Penn State.
- In 1960, Penn State established the first national curriculum in solid-state technology and in 1962 created the interdisciplinary materials research laboratory.
- In 1965, Penn State Aerospace engineer Barnes W. McCormick led a research team that made the first wake turbulence measurements behind a full-scale aeroplane.
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