Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Hong receives 2015 Bailey Career Development Award

Wei Hong

Wei Hong, associate professor of aerospace engineering, has been named one of two recipients of the 2015 Bailey Career Development Award. Award funding will support his work as detailed in this proposal titled, “Next-generation micro-structured materials through additive manufacturing”. “I would like to express my gratitude to the award committee. The support provided by the award [Continue Reading…]

Young innovators bring creations to life in NASA Goddard Spinoff Challenge

Which of NASA’s space-venturing creations would you like to see used on Earth? Are there ways to reinvent spacecraft technologies that could improve the lives of humans? Students across the country joined forces to answer these questions and ultimately design a virtual environment for showcasing ideas in the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Spinoff Challenge. [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace graduate students recognized at PDC

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The 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) was held April 13 – 17, 2015, in Frascati, Italy. The theme was “Assessing Impact Risk & Managing Response.” Over 300 people from all over the world traveled to Frascati, a town in the province of Rome in central Italy. Representing Iowa State University and the Department of [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2015 commencement

Olivia Janusz

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Olivia Janusz, industrial engineering major and concurrent master’s degree student, will serve as College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2015 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Richard Stone, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the ceremony [Continue Reading…]

Webb awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

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Aerospace engineering doctoral student Kyle Webb has been awarded a competitive NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship for 2015. Webb’s research project is entitled, “Optimal Aerocapture Guidance”. His research will focus on optimal aerocapture guidance for spacecraft. Aerocapture is a maneuver by a spacecraft at hyperbolic speed to fly through the atmosphere of a planet (e. g., [Continue Reading…]

Make 2 Innovate MAVRIC team selected as one of seven U.S. teams to travel to Utah

A redesigned rover has earned a group of ISU engineering students a chance to compete against teams from across the world at the end of May. Make 2 Innovate’s MAVRIC team will join 20 student groups from Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, India and Poland during the University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, Utah. The highly competitive event [Continue Reading…]

Wlezien elected to AIAA Board of Directors

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced today the results of its 2015 Board of Directors election. Richard Wlezien, department chair of aerospace engineering, has been elected to vice president-elect of education. The newly elected board members will begin their terms of office on May 7. President-Elect James “Jim” Maser, Pratt & Whitney Vice President-Elect, [Continue Reading…]

Actually, it is rocket science

It’s not every day you get congratulated by NASA. The Cyclone Student Launch Initiative Team just finished competing against approximately 20 other university teams in a NASA competition for rocket technologies. The intent is that these technologies could be used by NASA to collect and transport samples from planet Mars back to Earth, and the [Continue Reading…]

AerE inducts exemplary alumni into Hall of Distinguished Alumni

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On Tuesday, April 7, the Department of Aerospace Engineering inducted two alumni into their Hall of Distinguished of Alumni. The event included a student showcase featuring work from aerospace graduate students and Make to Innovate teams, and a cocktail hour and dinner in the Iowa State Alumni Center. Chris Chadwick was born in Cedar Rapids, [Continue Reading…]

ISU engineering students will auction Ghanaian folk art coffin to fund village dam

Engineers Without Borders-ISU will auction the folk art coffin by Eric Adjetey Anang to help fund an earthen dam in Ghana. From left, engineering students Kevin Strohm, Jason Schmitt and Joe Gettemy. (Photo by Christopher Gannon)

Iowa State University engineering students hope that auctioning a rare work of folk art can help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. The artwork is a painted coffin in the form of an ear of corn. It was sculpted by Ghana’s leading fantasy coffin artist, Eric Adjetey Anang, when he was [Continue Reading…]

Students showcase research, projects at symposium

Students present their boards and research in a gallery at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14 in the Memorial Union. (Photo by Emily Matson)

Iowa State’s ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Symposium took place Tuesday in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. The symposium included 49 majors, 145 students and 113 presentations of research projects undergraduate students have been developing. The event is coordinated by the honors program to showcase various types of research from undergraduate students. It [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State professor and Ph.D. student explore new phase transformation mechanism

Valery Levitas

Researchers focused on the effect of elastic energy on nucleation. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, continues to work on the solid-solid phase transformation via intermediate melt (IM) research he developed a decade ago. His original work (Levitas et al. Phys. Review Letters, 2004, 92, 235702) has [Continue Reading…]

Rockets shake and rattle, so SpaceX rolls homegrown CFD

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At its engine plant in Texas, SpaceX is trying out a number of different injectors and other parameters to squeeze the most performance out of its engines, and it runs tests every day. These tests are expensive and, more importantly, even if you design engines and do physical testing on them and layer them with [Continue Reading…]

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

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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.