APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

2014 APEX E class

Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

AerE alumnus’s career spans three engineering disciplines


Over the years things change and evolve, but one Iowa State grad stayed true to his roots and found his place in academia. From aerospace to nuclear to mechanical, Gary Pertmer (BS’71 aerospace engineering) has spent more than 40 years blurring boundaries in the engineering field. “Engineering teaches you how to solve problems,” he says. [Continue Reading...]

Who do you think you are

Clayton Anderson Ethos

Story begins on page 39. Original story by Kiana Roppe. Ethos: What prompted you to become an astronaut? Clayton Anderson: I was 8, as I remember, and watched – on Christmas Eve in 1968 – the Apollo 8 crew go behind the moon for the first time…

ISU Solar Car Team

The Iowa State Solar Car Team is working to finish their latest car before heading to Texas this summer. There they will try to qualify for the 8 day, 1700 mile cross country race from Austin to Minneapolis. The team is hoping to improve on their 2nd place finish in 2012. For more information visit [Continue Reading...]

Engineering alumnus helps paralyzed man regain movement


Thanks to technology developed by a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University, a 23-year-old quadriplegic Ohio man has become the first person able to move his paralyzed hand using his thoughts and a microchip sensor implanted in his brain.

Major league summer scholars

Ever wonder how the future scientists and engineers of America spend their summers? Chances are they’re doing some major league computing, modeling, theorizing and experimenting like Iowa State’s four Goldwater Scholars. In March, William Lindemann, Jacob Harry, Rachel Philiph and Thomas Knief received Goldwater Scholarships — the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship for science and engineering. [Continue Reading...]

CoE students reflect on their adventure at Iowa State

Hear what these four engineering students have to say about their adventure at Iowa State University – thanks to ISU Marketing. Chemical engineering graduate Nicholas Bormann shares how he was able to research with a professor, become published and get involved to enjoy his adventure. Civil engineering graduate Ryan Francois shares his experiences studying abroad, participating in [Continue Reading...]

Heading down an unplanned career path


Life sends a graduate student through a number of twists and turns in his professional career that he now uses to shape his adventure at Iowa State. When he was five years old, Cameron Rayburn took an IQ test that placed him in the genius level. His gifts would later manifest in high school where [Continue Reading...]

Study results from Iowa State University broaden understanding of Control Engineering

Current study results on Control Engineering have been published. News originating from Ames, Iowa, by VerticalNews correspondents, says the research paper, “presents a methodology, motivated by aerospace applications, to use second-order cone programming to solve nonconvex optimal control problems. The nonconvexity arises from the presence of concave state inequality constraints and nonlinear terminal equality constraints.” The paper concluded, “Applications in [Continue Reading...]

Several linemen distinguishing themselves in the engineering lab

At Iowa State University, there is a good partnership brewing between the football players and the engineers. In multiple cases, they are one in the same. Three offensive linemen headline a pack of aspiring engineers, who double as Cyclone football players. Daniel Burton (who started 8 games as a freshman) is majoring in mechanical engineering [Continue Reading...]

Engineering fundamentals taught in local 4-H club and FIRST LEGO League competition


A team of eight sixth and seventh graders is running for first place and $20,000 in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award competition. Iowa County 4-H team Robotic Raiders of Williamsburg, Iowa, designed an educational board game, called “Cyclone Survivors,” that teaches kids about tornadoes and tornado safety. They made it for the 2014 [Continue Reading...]

New concept to improve power production of wind turbines

Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, and his group at Iowa State University studied the effects of the relative rotation directions of two tandem wind turbines on the power production performance, the flow characteristics in the turbine wake flows, and the resultant wind loads acting on the turbines. The experimental study was performed in a [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Darrell Holmstrom


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra When we sent emails to Iowa State alumni in Alaska way back in February, one of the first responses I received was from someone named Grumpy who wrote this: “Would you like a floatplane ride while in the [Continue Reading...]

Hermann receives ISUAA Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award


The Iowa State University Alumni Association (ISUAA) established this award in 2011 as a way for former ISU students to recognize current or former ISU faculty or staff members who had a significant influence in their lives as students at ISU.

Aerospace professor Hui Hu awarded new base program for Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) selected a proposal by Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, that would build a stronger relationship between NASA and Iowa State University. Hu wrote a proposal seeking “support to establish a research and education integrated program to facilitate the long-term research and education collaboration” between Iowa State and [Continue Reading...]

Brigadier General Patrick J. Doherty, aerospace alumnus, speaking at commencement

Brigadier General Patrick J. Doherty

Iowa State University sends its graduates all over the world to do many things. Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty is no different and is returning to the university on May 10 as the undergraduate commencement speaker. Doherty first joined the Air Force through the ROTC at Iowa State, where he earned his Bachelor of Science [Continue Reading...]

Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

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A strict series of physical requirements must be met in order to earn the coveted position of a NASA astronaut: 20/20 corrected vision, 140/90 blood pressure, and a height between 62 and 75 inches. At 5 feet tall, only two inches separated Michaela Antolak from her lifelong dream. Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, [Continue Reading...]

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


Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10. During his [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]

Courtnee Jackson, sophomore in aerospace engineering, finds her passion through internships

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Like many engineers, Courtnee Jackson excelled at math and science in high school, which led her principal to introduce her to an aerospace engineering major. The St. Louis, Mo. native took an interest in the subject, but more so in the fact that her new friend was a female in engineering. “I felt like she [Continue Reading...]

All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Four Iowa State University Honors students with ties to the College of Engineering received Goldwater Scholarships in March. The program is the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The students—Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; William Lindemann, senior in materials science engineering and mathematics; Rachel Philiph, senior in materials science engineering; [Continue Reading...]

Alumni named 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers

Two College of Engineering alumni made the Iowa State Alumni Association’s list of 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers. Aaron Becker graduated with a degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 and is now working to apply swarming micro-robot technology to medical MRI scanners. Matt England, 2011 aerospace engineering grad, travels the western U.S. as a [Continue Reading...]

Levitas uses basic statics principles to solve long-standing problem in interface science formulated by Gibbs

Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, found a strict and simple solution to the classical problem in the interface and surface science formulated by J. W. Gibbs in the 19th century. Namely, he uncovered a way to define the position of a dividing surface. The Gibbsian view of [Continue Reading...]

Engineering students excel at Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference Poster Competition

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]