Identical twins + engineering ≠ identical careers

They look the same, sound the same and possess the same thirst for knowledge and adventure. They even studied engineering for their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Despite these similarities, identical twins Erik and Luke Goetzke chose to pursue different career paths – albeit in the engineering industry. “We’re not the inseparable [Continue Reading...]

New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

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Coming all the way from his home country of Iceland, Leifur Leifsson is excited to begin his career at Iowa State University this fall. He will teach a class on aerodynamics—his favorite subject—and continue his research in surrogate-based optimization. Leifsson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in [Continue Reading...]

Mysterious forces make this asteroid ‘blast-proof’

This near-earth asteroid may pass close to our planet within this millennium, and attempting to blast it to pieces may not be the wisest thing to do. Unknown forces apart from gravity That’s because asteroid (29075) 1950 DA, a “rubble-pile” asteroid, is held together by cohesive forces apart from gravity, according to a report on [Continue Reading...]

NSF grant supports simulator studies of tornado winds and impacts on buildings

The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.”

Liming Xiong joins aerospace faculty, plans to create new research lab

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As the College of Engineering welcomes several new members to its faculty this fall, the Department of Aerospace Engineering gains professors who intend to build on Iowa State’s growing research program. Liming Xiong has big plans for the university, including integrating materials research into the aerospace engineering discipline. After spending many years working on materials [Continue Reading...]

Student engineers among Move-In Crew, carry the freshman load

Cars slowed to a crawl around campus Aug. 19 and 20 for freshman move-in days while thousands of students and their totes of clothes, DVDs and plastic dishes were clustered in dorm parking lots. “When I was with my sister when she moved in Illinois State University, it took a couple hours,” said Thomas Siegele, freshman [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

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While Iowa State University is already known for its engineering school, Clayton Anderson wanted to give more experience to students. Anderson, an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, formed a week-long space operation workshop for six students. Throughout this week, the students have experienced lessons such as scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving in [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

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The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.” Most tornadoes (about 90 percent of them) are EF3 or less in intensity. And [Continue Reading...]

Aspiring Astronauts Get Taste of Space with New Camp at Iowa State

It’s one small step in the journey to becoming an astronaut, but one huge step for these engineering students at Iowa State University. The very first space flight operations workshop, hosted by the Aerospace Engineering Department at the university, is designed to introduce the skills needed for students who aspire to become astronauts. “If we [Continue Reading...]

Astronaut Clayton Anderson inspires, organizes Iowa State workshop on spaceflight ops

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AMES, Iowa – The week’s objectives include scuba certification, wilderness survival, skydiving, flight simulation and a virtual visit to the International Space Station. Those objectives are all part of an Iowa State University prototype workshop designed to give six students a taste of the operational aspects of spaceflight training and Iowa State educators a first [Continue Reading...]

Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

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Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had [Continue Reading...]

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

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A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]