Electrical engineering alum made a full circle and closes the circuit at Iowa State

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Philip Thompson, Iowa State University electrical engineering alumnus, really liked working with electrical circuits and small battery operated motors when he was growing up. But it wasn’t until later in his academic career that he realized that electronics was his life’s calling. Thompson transferred to Iowa State from Iowa Central Community College in the fall [Continue Reading…]

Jasper: integrating business, leadership skills into engineering career success

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Phil Jasper believes business and leadership skills, combined with a “world class” engineering education at Iowa State University, contributed to his long-term career success. Jasper, a 1991 aerospace engineering alumnus, was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems at Rockwell Collins, an Iowa-based communication and aviation electronics company. A Lamont [Continue Reading…]

A lesson in lifelong learning

As a junior at Linn-Mar High School, Sandra Thurn, BSEE’86 and MEngSE’96, wasn’t initially thinking about attending college. It was the early 60s and a time when women weren’t necessarily encouraged to pursue higher education. But a conversation with her high school adviser inspired what she calls a “change of heart.” The adviser, aware of [Continue Reading…]

AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins

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AirPad, the Aerial Imaging Reconnaissance Program for Agricultural Development, will soon be able to reach a major milestone thanks to a significant gift from Rockwell Collins. The program is planning to design, build, and test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agricultural remote sensing in developing parts of the world. “We have started fabricating a concept model, and this [Continue Reading…]