Penn State is a member of a multi-university research team that was selected by NASA to explore transformative system-level aviation innovations as part of NASA Aeronautics’ University Leadership Initiative.
David Aurentz, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Berks; Frederick Haag, associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York, and Mark Maughmer, professor of aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering, have received the Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching and have been named 2012 Penn State Teaching Fellows. The Penn State Alumni Association, in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate governing bodies, established the award in 1988. It honors distinguished teaching and provides encouragement and incentive for excellence in teaching. Recipients are expected to share their talents and expertise with others throughout the University system during the year following the award presentation.
Mark Maughmer is determined to make the darned thing fly. Commandeering a hallway of Hammond Building on Penn State's University Park campus, he hurls the plastic boomerang into the air again and again. A passing student cowers. With Maughmer's next attempt, the banana-shaped piece of polystyrene whizzes past my head, spinning as it rotates about its axis.