Iowa State AIAA Student Branch visits LA for industry tour

Students from the Iowa State AIAA student branch visited aerospace engineering companies over Thanksgiving break. Fifteen students flew to Los Angeles, Calif. for two days of tours and sightseeing. The group visited Boeing Satellite Systems, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, NASA Armstrong, and also viewed the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the USS Iowa. ISU AIAA [Continue Reading…]

LTA races set for Friday evening

The Lighter Than Air Competition will take place on Friday, December 9 at 4:00 pm in Howe Hall. In the sixth year of the event, students will race vehicles they have designed around an obstacle course. Forty-three teams designed aircrafts out of balsa wood that use a large helium balloon and propellers to fly through the air. [Continue Reading…]

AerE 462 students take their R/C planes for a test flight

Students in Dr. Leifsson’s AerE 462 course conceived, designed, and built R/C model aircrafts. This past Saturday, they had the opportunity to put them to the test. In a field just east of Ames, the students flew the aircrafts they had designed and built. The project the students were designing was for a commercial transport cargo [Continue Reading…]

M:2:I projects on display at poster expo

Make to Innovate hosted the fall poster expo today in Howe Hall. All 13 M:2:I teams put their projects on display for spectators to observe and learn about. At this point in the semester, many teams have begun fine tuning their designs for competitions that will occur in the spring. The expo gave teams a [Continue Reading…]

This pioneering astronaut blazed a trail for women engineers to follow

NASA Iowa Space Grant returns to Iowa State

This summer, the NASA sponsored Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) returned to Iowa State. The ISGC, which is part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, was founded in 1990, establishing its first headquarters at Iowa State University. Iowa State, along with Drake University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern [Continue Reading…]

Vance Coffman and Dennis Muilenburg share their perspectives on aerospace engineering

Students and faculty gathered in Howe Hall on Wednesday afternoon to hear from two of the most prominent leaders in aerospace engineering. Vance Coffman ‘67, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and Dennis Muilenburg ’86, chairman, president, and CEO of The Boeing Company, shared their thoughts and perspectives on the aerospace industry. The two industry leaders [Continue Reading…]

The Make to Innovate program announces sponsorship with Boeing

The Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program at Iowa State University is delighted to announce sponsorship from The Boeing Company. Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company will sponsor a partnership that aligns an industry leader with engineering students at Iowa State University. The M:2:I program, which began in 2011, provides students the opportunity to participate in [Continue Reading…]

Capstone students get up close and personal with Chinook helicopters

On Tuesday, students from Dr. Gielda’s Boeing senior design competition visited the Army National Guard base in Davenport, Iowa. The students met Capt. Forest Lightle, a CH-47 pilot who provided them with a tour of the facilities and an up-close look at two Chinook helicopters. One Chinook was partially disassembled in the midst of a [Continue Reading…]

Kristin Yvonne Rozier joins Aerospace Engineering

At its core, engineering is learning how to identify and solve problems. Oftentimes, the solutions to these problems can have life-saving or life-altering outcomes. For Kristin Yvonne Rozier, engineering means seeing puzzles. “I have always loved solving really cool puzzles,” Rozier said. “Find me the coolest, most challenging, amazing, interesting puzzle and I want to [Continue Reading…]

Faculty and staff recognized during 2016 College of Engineering Convocation

On Sept. 8, Sarah Rajala, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, welcomed College of Engineering faculty and staff to the start of the new year with the 2016 Convocation. During the presentation, she discussed the past year’s accomplishments and goals for the next year, provided a financial update, and recognized new faculty and [Continue Reading…]

Engineers share wisdom at the ROCK TALK

The Make to Innovate program at Iowa State welcomed five aerospace engineering professionals from Rockwell Collins to speak on Thursday evening in front of about 80 engineering students. The group, with professions that ranged from engineers to directors, discussed their careers, experiences, and advice in five short and engaging “ROCK TALKS” in Alliant Energy – Lee [Continue Reading…]