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Call for Graduate Student Applications in Architectural Engineering
Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Date Posted Dec. 15, 2020
Title Call for Graduate Student Applications in Architectural Engineering
University Pennsylvania State University, University Park
University Park, PA, United States
Department Architectural Engineering
Application Deadline Mar. 31, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Construction Engineering/Management
    Architectural (Building & Construction)
    Engineering - Other

The Department of Architectural Engineering in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA invites applications for Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree programs.
Students who are self-funded and those who seek graduate assistantships are both encouraged to apply. The Department of Architectural Engineering offers several graduate research and teaching assistantships for students pursuing the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs every year.
The renowned faculty of Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering conduct research in building mechanical, lighting and electrical, and structural systems, architectural acoustics, construction engineering and management, and other disciplines related to building infrastructure. Current research topics of interest include the following:

● design, construction, operation, and maintenance of connected buildings
● communities supported by renewable energy sources and by distributed energy networks
● smart buildings embedded with sensors and supported with artificial intelligence
● dynamic relationships between buildings and their occupants, stakeholders, and design participants
● integration of advanced computational and/or experimental technologies into building and concrete materials
● design of sustainable building envelopes and development of engineering and performance diagnostics
● construction automation and future construction workforce and job site safety
● computer-aided parametric design paradigms and modularization of buildings
● human health, comfort, and productivity implications of indoor environments
● multidisciplinary building research (e.g., smart grids and community microgrids)
● integration of renewable energy sources into buildings and design of smart energy sources for buildings
● security and resilience of smart grids and connected communities
● building technologies and designs that enable sustainable zero-carbon buildings
● indoor particle and gas dynamics and their impacts on building occupants
● hazard-resistant evaluation, design, and construction of resilient building structural and nonstructural systems
● additive manufacturing and automated construction of buildings and infrastructure systems
● full-scale, experimental load-bearing characterization of structural and architectural components
● experimental performance evaluation of building enclosure systems
● development, characterization, performance, and evaluation of innovative, renewable, and energy-efficient construction materials and systems for high-performance, sustainable buildings

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. The anticipated start dates are August 2021 or January 2022.

Applications should include detailed C.V., transcripts from previous degrees, a statement of intent, contact information for three references, and TOEFL/IELTS scores (for international applicants). Please choose one or more of the specializations noted above and designate it in your statement of intent. For more information about the department and to apply, please visit
Applicants do not need to submit GRE scores to apply for M.S. or Ph.D. degrees for Fall 2021.

Diversity is at the core of our vision, mission, and values. Penn State is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Direct inquiries to Dr. Sez Atamturktur (, Department Head, or Dr. Somayeh Asadi (, Graduate Program Officer, Department of Architectural Engineering, 104 Engineering Unit A, University Park, PA 16802. Process inquiries can be directed to Mr. Jaymes Dunlap, Interim Graduate Program and Placement Coordinator, Department of Architectural Engineering, at

  • Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact HR Services at or 814-865-1473.

    Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Dr. Sez Atamturktur/Department Head
    Architectural Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University University Park
    The Pennsylvania State University
    104 Engineering Unit a
    University Park, PA 16802


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