EM Success Center meets the needs of today’s students

Leroy Stuges, EM Success Center

Think of it as one-stop shopping for all your studying needs: the Engineering Mechanics Success Center. Aerospace engineering lecturer Jenny Johannsen and other aerospace engineering professors have created and enhanced a space for students to receive supplemental help, feedback on homework and where other study resources are made available. This service has been around for [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]

Club ‘shoots for the moon’ by making robot in NASA competition

The ISU Lunabotics Club, led by senior Garrett Schieber, is working on the completion of a robotic machine that could potentially work in space for mining. Their project is being worked on in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory.

Everything is silent. The surface is cold and dusty and over the horizon — Earth and beyond. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were able to feel what it’s actually like to traverse the moon’s surface, but a group of ISU students is now trying to do the next best thing — send their new creation [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor selected as ASME Fellow

Hui Hu

Hui Hu recognized nationally for outstanding engineering achievements With a technical background in experimental aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, has applied his knowledge across the fields of wind energy, aircraft icing and anti-icing/de-icing technology, thermal management of gas turbines, unsteady aerodynamics and microfluidics. Hu’s lasting contributions to the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

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Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade. They’re big, round structural pieces. They’re not shaped like an airfoil. And so they [Continue Reading…]

AerE department chair interviewed about drone guidelines

This month the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed guidelines for commercial unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as ‘drones.’ Rich Wlezien, chair of the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University, says the current rules are so strict Iowa State students can’t even test the drones they’ve built in class because they pay ISU tuition, technically making [Continue Reading…]

New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses

Richard Wlezien

Newly proposed commercial rules for the use of unmanned aircraft open doors for Iowa farmers, realtors and businesses to be more productive, experts said Monday. “On one side we have this great economic development opportunity. (Unmanned aircraft) can have a huge impact on the productivity of farmland, so we don’t want to miss that,” said [Continue Reading…]

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

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Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor improves energetic performance of aluminum micron-scale particles

Valery Levitas

Valery Levitas demonstrates value of a new melt-dispersion mechanism Aluminum-fueled composites are known to have high-energy densities, especially in comparison to other fuel. That’s why researchers are interested in the reaction of aluminum particles with various oxidizers. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, says the main direction being [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student researches commercial airflight lift after an initial love of toy airplanes

Anil Jairam

Anil Jairam uses new technology to increase lift of laminar wings Even as a child, Anil Jairam had aerospace engineering in his sights. He was always fascinated by flight and enjoyed playing with toy airplanes. Now, he’s focusing his attention on advancing the design of aircraft wings. Jairam attended Bartlett High School, Academy of Science, [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering alumnus takes part in gliding competition

Tony Condon, Jr., 2008 aerospace engineering alumnus, will be one of two glider pilots representing the U.S. this summer in the 1st FAI World 13.5 Meter World Gliding Championship in Lithuania. This story was originally published by Michael Tidemann in the Estherville News.

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

Geiken and Kraft's team met with Senator Chuck Grassley while in Washington, D.C.

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

Paul Troupe

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

KCC-C6 video

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…]