Abhinaya Raghothaman: Childhood dream takes flight

Abhinaya Raghothaman

ISU senior travels to United States and sets life goal Many children dream about what they will be when they grow up, but few achieve this goal. Abhinaya Raghothaman, aerospace engineering senior, is one of the few. Raghothaman moved from New Delhi, India, to Dubuque, Iowa, when she was 13 years old. She was extremely [Continue Reading…]

Dan Donahue: Get involved in everything

Dan Donahue

Research and Greek life teach aerospace engineering senior the importance of being a team player Most freshmen at Iowa State never imagine they will be on a research team to design an airplane that goes faster than the speed of sound. Aerospace engineering senior Dan Donahue is doing just that. His research experiences have also [Continue Reading…]

Jake Harry: Combining an interest of math with engineering to ultimately help others

Jake Harry

Aerospace engineering senior says being engaged in and outside of classroom shaped his adventure at Iowa State Sometimes things are meant to go together. For Jake Harry, a senior in aerospace engineering, that serendipity was applying his math skills in an engineering field. “I’ve always enjoyed using math to build something useful and help other [Continue Reading…]

New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

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Peng Wei, a self-titled “airplane nerd,” joins the Iowa State faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering beginning in January 2015. He’ll teach two classes in systems engineering and work on three areas of research related to his biggest interest: air traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and airline and airport operations. Wei earned his [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor published in Aerospace America

How would a scientist go about destroying an asteroid or comet, also known as NEOs, headed toward a major city on Earth? Bong Wie, aerospace engineering professor and Asteroid Deflection Center founder, offered advice on the situation in the January 2015 issue of Aerospace America. Though experts expect Earth to be struck every 100 million years by [Continue Reading…]

Cyclones advance space exploration while working on Orion’s first test flight

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Aerospace engineering alumni are part of successful NASA test flight mission NASA began a new era of exploration with the Orion test flight on December 5, 2014. The Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) was a two-orbit and nearly five-hour mission to test critical Orion systems, including the avionics, parachute and heatshield. This program would not be [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

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Real World Design Challenge hosts Iowa State freshmen in Washington, D.C. Getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been an educational goal for many schools, organizations and the government. The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) also has this goal, which it emphasizes during state competitions and a national competition in [Continue Reading…]

Memorial held for alum

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A celebration of life memorial was held for aerospace engineering alum Paul Troupe on Monday, December 8 in the Howe Hall Atrium. Nearly one hundred people attended including Troupe’s friends, family, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers, Boeing co-workers, and aerospace peers. Paul passed away on November 19 in a tragic car accident in Phoenix, Arizona. [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering senior chosen for prestigious leadership program

Joshua Moreno

Joshua Moreno is one of 28 students selected for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute After he attended schools that were both low and high income, Joshua Moreno wants to inspire change in education policy to help provide more opportunities for students across the board. Moreno, a senior in aerospace engineering, says there were many differences [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2014 commencement

Tori Sorensen

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

Cube-shaped ISU room is like nothing you’ve ever seen

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Iowa State University’s C6 simulator can take you inside a burning house, an active shooter situation and even a fire aboard the International Space Station. The C6 is a cube-shaped room in Howe Hall on the ISU campus in Ames. Every side of the cube lights up with images and with the addition of 3D [Continue Reading…]

Lifehacker Career Spotlight: Elizabeth Bierman

Iowa State University alumna Elizabeth Bierman is a senior project engineer at Honeywell Aerospace where she specializes in avionics and is the president of the Society of Women Engineers. Bierman, who received her degree in aerospace engineering from ISU, works a wide variety of bright minds to create the technologies that guide aircraft to their destinations, is a mother [Continue Reading…]

Robert Martin: Teaching students to fly after 26 years in Air Force

Robert Martin

Aerospace engineering lecturer reinvents flight simulator program When Robert Martin began his career in the U.S. Air Force, he never imagined he would land an opportunity to teach others about flying in a university setting. Martin served for 26 years in the Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard, flying F15 Eagles and F16 Fighting [Continue Reading…]

Gregory awarded Trapp Graduate Fellowship in CNDE

Elizabeth Gregory, PhD candidate in aerospace engineering, has been awarded the first Trapp Graduate Fellowship from the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). Her thesis is titled, “Condition estimation of material state based on NDE measurements within a Bayesian framework”. Gregory is active on campus serving as the president of the ISU graduate student chapter of [Continue Reading…]

Clayton Anderson films educational YouTube clip on glaciers in Ashland

As an astronaut traveling high above space, Clayton Anderson saw a view of glaciers that few of us will ever experience. On Saturday, the retired astronaut was back home in Ashland filming a segment about glaciers and how they are formed that will be used next year as part of a online project for children. [Continue Reading…]

Weems Troupe selected for Aviation Week’s Twenty20s List

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Aerospace engineering alumna one of twenty recognized as emerging leaders Sarah (Weems) Troupe may have only been officially in the workforce since May, but she’s already being recognized for her outstanding talents. Troupe was recently named to Aviation Week’s Twenty20s list based on her involvement as a student at Iowa State and her contributions to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Nir Keren (left) and Tor Finseth, a graduate assistant in aerospace engineering, examine a virtual simulation of the International Space Station inside the C6 at Iowa State University. Image courtesy of Nir Keren.

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach [Continue Reading…]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading…]

Researchers study distances from Earth, the use of nuclear weapons to destroy anticipated asteroids

Asteroid Deflection Research Center

On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid exploded over Russia that was believed to be 19 meters in diameter. The asteroid struck the city of Chelyabinsk and injured more than 1,000 people, according to bbc.com. The Chelyabinsk asteroid caused panic around the world. It sparked a serious international interest in developing a plan for what to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Robert Brown

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading…]

Visions Across America: Richard Schmidgall

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Like so many other Iowa State aerospace engineering graduates, Richard Schmidgall began his career with the U.S. space program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – and never left. The 1983 grad from Mackinaw, Ill., was first [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes [Continue Reading…]

New student-made app keeps campus updated on events

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A new app will show ISU students which events they may want to attend. Nicholas Terhall, GSB director of student affairs and senior in aerospace engineering, has worked to expand Ventfull to the Iowa State Campus. Ventfull is an app where students can add their own events onto the calendar and rate events they think [Continue Reading…]

Visions Across America: Matt England

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra When Matt England graduated with an aerospace engineering degree in December 2011, he was all set to start his life in the Midwest. After all, he had good job offers from both Caterpillar and John Deere. But then [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading…]