Penn State College of Engineering

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Coordinates: 40°48′12″N 77°51′58″W / 40.80345°N 77.86612°W / 40.80345; -77.86612

College of Engineering
Type Public
Established 1896
Dean Amr S. Elnashai
Location University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Campus Suburban

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,[1] over 10,000 enrolled students, [1] 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 at least one out of every fifty engineers in the United States got their bachelor's degree from Penn State.[2]

Academic departments and rankings[edit]

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.[3] The college has 13 degree granting academic departments,[1] many of which are ranked in top 10 nationally:[3]

Student body[edit]

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 [7]

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.[8]

Research centers[edit]

In addition to intradepartmental research, Penn State College of Engineering faculty and students also conduct research through interdisciplinary research centers and institutes:[9]

  • 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


The College of Engineering has over 81,000 living engineering alumni.[1] The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) is the oldest active alumni group at The Pennsylvania State University.[1]


  • 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 airplane.


  1. ^ a b c d e "2009 College of Engineering factsheet" (PDF). PSU. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "College of Engineering". PSU. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Latest Rankings". US News and World Report. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "College of Engineering Rankings". PSU. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
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  7. ^ "PSU First Woman Engineer". New York Times. 12 June 1921. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
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  9. ^ "College of Engineering Research". PSU. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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