Penn State named top talent supplier, alma mater by aerospace and defense firms

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A recent study by Aviation Week & Space Technology lauded Penn State as a top supplier of workers and a most valued alma mater.

The Aviation Week 2013 Workforce Study placed Penn State at the top of a list of seven preferred suppliers of talent for aerospace and defense companies. The other institutions include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Georgia Tech, Rochester Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Purdue University.

The survey also named Penn State among eight universities most valued by employees in landing a job or promotion. The others were the University of Washington, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Texas A&M University, Purdue University, Virginia Tech and Arizona State University.

George Lesieutre, head of aerospace engineering, said, "We're very proud to be ranked so highly by the industry that employs so many of our students. This is terrific evidence of the broad, high-quality education that Penn State Engineering provides."

According Aviation Week, the workforce study surveyed 39 aerospace and defense firms, representing approximately 80 percent of the sectors' total employment in the United States. A 10 percent random sample of young professionals from 19 of the 39 firms was used to create the list of alma maters. 

The annual workforce study is designed to gauge demand for talent and to examine current and future trends in the aerospace and defense industries.

The results of the study were published in the Aug. 26 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

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Last Updated September 20, 2013