Aerospace's Langelaan receives NSF Career Award

Jacob Langelaan, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Program.

Langelaan's five-year $439,750 grant, titled "Theory and Practice of Autonomous Soaring for Aerial Robots," aims to develop planning and control algorithms that will enable small and miniature uninhabited aerial vehicles to extract energy from the surrounding atmosphere. Like hawks and eagles, these robotic aircraft will be able to soar, allowing them to remain aloft for extended periods without expending fuel.

Langelaan, a Penn State faculty member since 2006, focuses his research on control, planning, sensing, data fusion and estimation for autonomous systems. He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; his master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington; and his doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.

According to the NSF, the Career Awards are highly selective grants to new faculty members believed to be the next generation of academic leaders. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative career development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution and build the foundation for a lifetime of contributions to their discipline.

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Last Updated July 06, 2009