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...]

Matthew Nelson, M2I coordinator, interviewed about court case involving FAA and UAS

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WE ARE IOWA: ISU Professor Travels Through Space

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LAUNCH PAD: Astronaut Mentors ISU Students

Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson is the only professor in the state who has been 220 miles above the classroom that he now teaches in, and it all started with a master’s in aerospace engineering degree at Iowa State University. Those who doubted Anderson would make it to the stars can only dream of seeing the world [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

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Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Resource Hub – a network of readily available equipment and services for ISU students


From airplanes to Mars rovers, students can find every tool they need to complete their projects through the Undergraduate Resource Hub at Iowa State University. The Resource Hub is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the College of Design to share construction, machining and fabrication equipment and personnel. “Having those services and [Continue Reading...]

How Nuclear Bombs Could Save Earth from Killer Asteroids

The most destructive weapon humanity has ever developed could help our species avoid going the way of the dinosaurs. Pretty much any asteroid that poses a threat to Earth can be blasted out of the heavens using a nuclear bomb, even with warning times of a week or less, say a team of scientists who have been [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades


From somewhere back behind the Iowa State University Icing Research Tunnel, Rye Waldman called out to see if Hui Hu was ready for a spray of cold water. The wind tunnel was down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A cylindrical model was in place inside the 10-inch-by-10-inch test section. The wind was blowing through the machine [Continue Reading...]

CoE students win poster contest at LSAMP IINSPIRE conference

The LSAMP IINSPIRE Annual Conference, held at Hawkeye Community College on Nov. 8, was a winning day for both students and staff of Iowa State University. Two College of Engineering students brought home prizes for their original posters, while Katrina Williams—academic adviser in aerospace engineering—received the Outstanding Mentor Award for a faculty or staff member. [Continue Reading...]

Hu invited to give plenary lecture at International Symposium on Flow Visualization

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Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, has been invited to give the plenary lecture at the International Symposium on Flow Visualization (ISFV). The symposium will be held in Okinawa, Japan on June 24-28, 2014. Hu’s talk will focus on his research in two main areas; his recent progress in developing a novel molecule-based flow diagnostic [Continue Reading...]

Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, gave an invited talk at the Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting in Towson, MD, Dec. 10-11. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss promising future directions in the fundamental study of materials under [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Valery Levitas—Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering—and his post-doctoral associate Mahdi Javanbakht, have published the paper “Phase transformations in nanograin materials under high pressure and plastic shear: nanoscale mechanisms,” in the high-impact journal Nanoscale. There are two main challenges in the discovery of new high-pressure phases and the transformation [Continue Reading...]

First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

Written by Anne Krapfl The provost’s office has selected the first 22 graduate programs to receive central funding for an additional – and exceptional — doctoral student under President Steven Leath’s Presidential Scholars program announced in November. Seven of the programs selected are interdepartmental and two were submitted by two colleges. With funding available for up to [Continue Reading...]

Young engineering couple thrives in Silicon Valley


When Keegan and Melissa (Wiechert) Gartner met on the HABET (High Altitude Balloon Experiments in Technology) team at Iowa State, they were both undergrads studying engineering. Keegan was working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering while Melissa was earning hers in aerospace engineering. The couple came to know each other through mutual friends, and [Continue Reading...]

Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

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Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today announced the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Both leaders are Iowa State University Alumni. Effective Dec. 31: Dennis A. Muilenburg is named [Continue Reading...]

AerE alumnus stays connected to passion for commerical space industry while advancing in career

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Scott Sevcik, a 2002 aerospace engineering alumnus, has had to make some unique choices throughout his life. Sometimes the decisions were lighthearted and fun. Like during Sevcik’s senior design presentation, when he and his teammates served a cake (baked at 3 a.m. that morning while they were finishing their project) in the shape of an [Continue Reading...]

CoE student marshal, outstanding seniors named for fall 2013 commencement

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Dan Voss, senior in materials engineering from Atkins, Iowa, will serve as Iowa State’s College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2013 commencement ceremony held Dec. 21. He will be accompanied by Clint Stephens, scholar in residence for leadership education, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony. Voss will graduate with an [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering gives excellence awards for fall 2013

Nineteen graduate students from the College of Engineering were recently recognized for their outstanding research and teaching accomplishments. Research Excellence Award Nominees Ajay Shah, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Ting Tee, Chemical and Biological Engineering John Stinn, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Archana Parashar, Electrical and Computer Engineering Qin Wang, Electrical and Computer Engineering Tung Thanh Nguyen, [Continue Reading...]

Students and faculty exemplify partnership between Boeing and Iowa State

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A large crowd gathered in the atrium of Howe Hall on Thursday, October 31 to hear an alumni of the aerospace engineering program speak. Dennis Muilenburg had once been in the same position as the undergraduate students, and now he serves as the president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security and [Continue Reading...]

M:2:I, ISU students helping shape future of drones

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Amazon’s announcement on Saturday that it is working to have drone deliver packages is just part of the future of drones. It’s a future that is taking shape at Iowa State University where drones are being tested. The CyDrone project is working in the lab and in the field to figure out how to create [Continue Reading...]

Anti-asteroid nuke gains steam

A plan by an Iowa State University professor to save the planet from a meteor collision continues to streak toward reality. The problem being puzzled over at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames would devastate humanity: an asteroid hurtling toward the planet, detected too late to be able to use other means to knock [Continue Reading...]