Iowa State research center wins grant to study asteroid deflection

Contacts: Bong Wie, Aerospace Engineering, bongwie@iastate.edu William Byrd, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, 515 294-3106, wbyrd@iastate.edu Mary Jo Glanville, Engineering Communications and Marketing, 515 294-8787, mglanvil@iastate.edu Ames, Iowa—The Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC), established in April 2008, has won its first research contract to study and develop technologies to mitigate the threat posed … Continue reading Iowa State research center wins grant to study asteroid deflection

Aerospace Engineering Alumna Kara Kranzusch and Dale Chimenti, Professor of AER E are featured in New 30-sec Marketing Spot for Iowa State University

Aerospace Engineering graduate Kara Kranzusch (BS, 2004) and Aero Eng Professor Dale Chimenti are featured in a new 30-sec marketing spot for Iowa State University. After earning her MS at Georgia Tech, Kara landed her dream job as a mission controller at Johnson Space Center in Houston.  She cites Dr Chimenti’s positive influence on her … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering Alumna Kara Kranzusch and Dale Chimenti, Professor of AER E are featured in New 30-sec Marketing Spot for Iowa State University

Engineering Professors Awarded Third Place In Pappajohn Contest

Atul Kelkar, ME,  and Jerald Vogel, AerE, who are co-founders of Innovation Vibration Solutions (IVS), received the third-place prize of $10,000 in the third annual statewide John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition. IVS has developed an innovative vibration isolation technology that provides for superior suspension solutions for various applications, such as reducing the road impact felt … Continue reading Engineering Professors Awarded Third Place In Pappajohn Contest

Asteroid Deflection Research Symposium 2008

The Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC) is sponsoring an Asteroid Deflection Research Symposium on October 23–24, 2008, at Doubletree Hotel Crystal City-National Airport, Arlington, Virginia.  Read for more information ADRC Symposium Program Link to Symposium Summary Link to ADRC Website

Following the Sun

Researchers Vikram Dalal and Rana Biswas are seeking ways to access the sun’s energy more directly through cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies.

Accessible, Affordable Solar

Assistant Professor Sumit Chaudhary is working toward enhancing the efficiency and convenience of flexible, organic-based plastic solar cells.

ISU Alum, Jon Giorgini Honored with Masursky Award

Jon Giorgini, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the prestigious Harold Masursky Award, presented by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Jon Giorgini earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University; and a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, specializing in celestial mechanics, … Continue reading ISU Alum, Jon Giorgini Honored with Masursky Award

Material into Ethanol

Say the word “biofuels” and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel. But there’s another, older technology called gasification that’s getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, they hope to create ethanol from a wide range … Continue reading Material into Ethanol

IT Innovation NEES Award

ECpE Associate Professor Manimaran Govindarasu and CCEE Associate Professor Sri Sritharan recently won the Best IT Innovation Award at the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation’s 6th Annual Meeting. The award names their real-time system visualization tool (“RSVtool”) as the best new IT technique or product developed during the past year. The RSVtool helps to effectively … Continue reading IT Innovation NEES Award

Asteroid Deflection

An Asteroid Deflection Research Center has been established on the Iowa State campus to bring researchers from around the world to develop asteroid deflection technologies. “In the early 1990s, scientists around the world initiated studies to assess and devise methods to prevent near-Earth objects from striking Earth,” says Bong Wie, the Vance D. Coffman Chair … Continue reading Asteroid Deflection