Aerospace engineering to honor three alumni

Kathleen Howell, Kim Pastega, and Ethiraj Venkatapathy

Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will induct three prominent alumni into the department’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Friday, April 8, 2011. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall.

The 2011 inductees are Kathleen Howell (BSAerE’73), Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University; Kim Pastega (BSAerE’91), vice president and general manager, 767 Program, the Boeing Company; and Ethiraj Venkatapathy (PhDAerE’82), chief technologist, entry systems and technology division, NASA Ames Research Center.

“The Department of Aerospace Engineering has a long history of contributions to the aerospace community, and we are very happy to recognize those graduates who have distinguished themselves in the course of their careers,” said Rich Wlezien, chair of the AerE department. “Whether it be from a small town in Iowa or a small village in India, we are very proud to recognize three individuals who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in the aerospace profession.”

The Hall of Distinguished Alumni was established in 2004 to recognize outstanding graduates whose exceptional professional achievements have brought honor to the aerospace engineering program and Iowa State University.