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Lyle N. Long
Professor of Aerospace Engineering, , Computational Science , and Mathematics
Director, Computational Science Graduate Minor Program
Graduate Program in Neuroscience
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Biographical Information for Lyle N. Long

Lyle N. Long


Computational science and engineering, software engineering, unmanned air vehicles, neural networks, intelligent systems, high performance computing, and computational fluid dynamics.


  • Doctor of Science, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1983. (Advisors: F. Farassat and Michael K. Myers)
  • Master of Science, Stanford University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford, California, 1978. (Advisor: R. S. Shevell)
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction, The University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1976.


  • Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1989 - present.
  • Visiting Scientist, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen, MD, Oct. 2014 - June, 2015
  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2007 - 2008.
  • Editor-in-Chief (and Founder), AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Aug. 2002 . Jan. 2006. ( JAIS )
  • Visiting Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA (Aug., 1999 . Aug. 2000).
  • Visiting Scientist, Thinking Machines Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Summers of 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993).
  • Senior Research Scientist, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, Kelly Johnson Research and Development Center, Valencia, California. (1985 - 1989).
  • Senior Aerodynamics Engineer, Lockheed California Company, Computational Aerodynamics Department, Burbank, California. (1983 - 1985)
  • Research Associate, Joint Institute for Advancement of Flight Sciences, NASA - Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia. (1979 - 1983)
  • Research Assistant, Stanford University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford, California. (1977 - 1978)
  • Engineering Intern, Donaldson Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. (1974 - 1976)


  • AIAA Software Engineering Award, 2016,
      " For inspiration, innovation and enormous dedication to modernizing aerospace engineering education and research over several decades."
  • AIAA Sustained Service Award, 2010,
      "For dedicated efforts in creating the JACIC Journal, numerous publications and service on technical committees."
  • Moore Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2007-2008.
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), 2007.
      "For the advancement and teaching of computational science. In particular, for the use of high performance computers for computational fluid dynamics, aeroacoustics, and rarefied gas dynamics."
  • Distinguished Professor, Penn State University, 2006-2017.
  • Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2005.
      "For significant contributions in computing and computational methods applied to aerospace applications, and for being founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC)."
  • Best Paper Award, American Helicopter Society, for paper by Horn, Lee, Sezer-Uzol, and Long, 2003.
  • Best Paper Award, AIAA Propellants and Combustion Committee, for paper by Kaltz, Long, and Micci, 1997.
  • Outstanding Research Award, from Penn State Engineering Society, 1996.
  • Gordon Bell Prize from IEEE Computer Society for achieving highest performance on a parallel computer, 1993.
  • Elected to Penn State University Faculty Senate (1993-1997)
  • Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company Award (1987) for:
      "Exceptional personal commitment in advancing excellence of research and development"