IST minor in aerospace engineering celebrates its inaugural graduate

The Information Sciences and Technology minor in aerospace engineering will graduate its first student during this week's spring commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering.

The minor's inaugural graduate is Anuradha Mangalgiri, an aerospace engineering senior and a native of India.

Established in 2008, the minor allows aerospace engineering students to augment their education with the study of computers, software and digital information and how they affect aerospace engineering.

"Computer softwares are proving to be an important aspect of aerospace," Mangalgiri said in a statement. "To develop these critical softwares efficiently, strong skills in both software development and aerospace engineering are a necessity. When Penn State offered this program, I decided to go for a minor in IST. With a minor in IST, I can contribute to the development of aerospace softwares and be useful to the aerospace industry."

Mangalgiri plans to attend graduate school at Penn State after receiving her bachelor's degree.

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Last Updated May 12, 2009