Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

Geiken and Kraft's team met with Senator Chuck Grassley while in Washington, D.C.

Real World Design Challenge hosts Iowa State freshmen in Washington, D.C. Getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been an educational goal for many schools, organizations and the government. The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) also has this goal, which it emphasizes during state competitions and a national competition in [Continue Reading…]

Memorial held for alum

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A celebration of life memorial was held for aerospace engineering alum Paul Troupe on Monday, December 8 in the Howe Hall Atrium. Nearly one hundred people attended including Troupe’s friends, family, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers, Boeing co-workers, and aerospace peers. Paul passed away on November 19 in a tragic car accident in Phoenix, Arizona. [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering senior chosen for prestigious leadership program

Joshua Moreno

Joshua Moreno is one of 28 students selected for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute After he attended schools that were both low and high income, Joshua Moreno wants to inspire change in education policy to help provide more opportunities for students across the board. Moreno, a senior in aerospace engineering, says there were many differences [Continue Reading…]

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

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Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

Cube-shaped ISU room is like nothing you’ve ever seen

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Iowa State University’s C6 simulator can take you inside a burning house, an active shooter situation and even a fire aboard the International Space Station. The C6 is a cube-shaped room in Howe Hall on the ISU campus in Ames. Every side of the cube lights up with images and with the addition of 3D [Continue Reading…]

Lifehacker Career Spotlight: Elizabeth Bierman

Iowa State University alumna Elizabeth Bierman is a senior project engineer at Honeywell Aerospace where she specializes in avionics and is the president of the Society of Women Engineers. Bierman, who received her degree in aerospace engineering from ISU, works a wide variety of bright minds to create the technologies that guide aircraft to their destinations, is a mother [Continue Reading…]

Robert Martin: Teaching students to fly after 26 years in Air Force

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Aerospace engineering lecturer reinvents flight simulator program When Robert Martin began his career in the U.S. Air Force, he never imagined he would land an opportunity to teach others about flying in a university setting. Martin served for 26 years in the Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard, flying F15 Eagles and F16 Fighting [Continue Reading…]

Gregory awarded Trapp Graduate Fellowship in CNDE

Elizabeth Gregory, PhD candidate in aerospace engineering, has been awarded the first Trapp Graduate Fellowship from the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). Her thesis is titled, “Condition estimation of material state based on NDE measurements within a Bayesian framework”. Gregory is active on campus serving as the president of the ISU graduate student chapter of [Continue Reading…]

Clayton Anderson films educational YouTube clip on glaciers in Ashland

As an astronaut traveling high above space, Clayton Anderson saw a view of glaciers that few of us will ever experience. On Saturday, the retired astronaut was back home in Ashland filming a segment about glaciers and how they are formed that will be used next year as part of a online project for children. [Continue Reading…]

Weems Troupe selected for Aviation Week’s Twenty20s List

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Aerospace engineering alumna one of twenty recognized as emerging leaders Sarah (Weems) Troupe may have only been officially in the workforce since May, but she’s already being recognized for her outstanding talents. Troupe was recently named to Aviation Week’s Twenty20s list based on her involvement as a student at Iowa State and her contributions to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Nir Keren (left) and Tor Finseth, a graduate assistant in aerospace engineering, examine a virtual simulation of the International Space Station inside the C6 at Iowa State University. Image courtesy of Nir Keren.

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach [Continue Reading…]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading…]

Researchers study distances from Earth, the use of nuclear weapons to destroy anticipated asteroids

Asteroid Deflection Research Center

On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid exploded over Russia that was believed to be 19 meters in diameter. The asteroid struck the city of Chelyabinsk and injured more than 1,000 people, according to bbc.com. The Chelyabinsk asteroid caused panic around the world. It sparked a serious international interest in developing a plan for what to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Robert Brown

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading…]

Visions Across America: Richard Schmidgall

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Like so many other Iowa State aerospace engineering graduates, Richard Schmidgall began his career with the U.S. space program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – and never left. The 1983 grad from Mackinaw, Ill., was first [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes [Continue Reading…]

New student-made app keeps campus updated on events

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A new app will show ISU students which events they may want to attend. Nicholas Terhall, GSB director of student affairs and senior in aerospace engineering, has worked to expand Ventfull to the Iowa State Campus. Ventfull is an app where students can add their own events onto the calendar and rate events they think [Continue Reading…]

Visions Across America: Matt England

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra When Matt England graduated with an aerospace engineering degree in December 2011, he was all set to start his life in the Midwest. After all, he had good job offers from both Caterpillar and John Deere. But then [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading…]

Ross Sheckler: Coming back to work with his alma mater

Ross Sheckler

Aerospace engineering alumnus collaborates with Iowa State to improve programs “Not everyone gets a chance to come back and have an impact at their alma mater,” says Ross Sheckler, 1991 aerospace engineering graduate. Sheckler has been working with several different departments to advance the industry. One of his collaborations includes Iowa State’s aerospace engineering department [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace alum business spotlight: Firetrucker Brewery

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The building at 716 S.W. Third St. in Ankeny was once a fire station. So it was only fitting that the owners of Firetrucker Brewery chose a name that reflects the building’s past. “We had different names we’d come up with, but then we found this old fire station property. We had 200 names and [Continue Reading…]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading…]

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…]