Contacts: Bong Wie, Aerospace Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org William Byrd, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, 515 294-3106, email@example.com Mary Jo Glanville, Engineering Communications and Marketing, 515 294-8787, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
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
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
Researchers Vikram Dalal and Rana Biswas are seeking ways to access the sun’s energy more directly through cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies.
Assistant Professor Sumit Chaudhary is working toward enhancing the efficiency and convenience of flexible, organic-based plastic solar cells.
PowerFilm CEO and co-founder Frank Jeffrey never planned on becoming an entrepreneur—but then a promising new technology changed his career path.
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
Iowa State University and University of Hawai’i researchers have won a 2008 R&D 100 Award for their work to grow microscopic fungus in leftovers from ethanol production in an effort to improve the efficiency of the corn-to-ethanol conversion process. Presented by R&D Magazine, the Chicago Tribune has called the awards the “Oscars of Invention.” An … Continue reading R&D 100 Award for Ethanol Project
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
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
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
In traumatic accidents, broken bones can be reduced to bone fragments, sometimes leaving a void in the bone structure that needs to be filled. IMSE Assistant Professor Matt Frank is investigating the use of a subtractive rapid prototyping process called CNC-RP to reverse-engineer replacement bone fragments from medical imaging such as CT scans. The research … Continue reading Replacing Bone Fragments
When talk turns to energy and its related issues—cost, availability of resources, the potential of alternatives—what becomes clear is that clarity itself is at a premium. Agreement on any single aspect of our energy present or energy future is elusive, in part because complex questions defy simple answers. Understanding the technology is difficult enough, and … Continue reading Shining Light on Policy & Panels
Brian Kaplinger, senior in Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2008 James Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is a highly competitive one-time award of $1,000 that is given to the student who best represents the goals and mission of USRA and its scholarship donors. The USRA Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students who have … Continue reading Brian Kaplinger receives 2008 James Willett Educational Memorial Scholarship