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Noted researcher, AerE faculty member Leonard Bond steps into retirement

Bond served as a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and a courtesy professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He became a professor emeritus in the Department of Aerospace Engineering effective with his retirement, July 1, 2022.

Bond with International Space Station Director Joel Montalbano and student members of Cyclone Rocketry team
Bond (left) is shown with members of the Cyclone Rocketry student organization, which he helped mentor. They were visited by ISU alumnus and NASA International Space Station director Joel Montalbano (center).

He came to Iowa State in 2012 to serve as director of the university’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), where he led the development of research programs in advanced diagnostics and prognostics applied to transportation and energy systems.

Prior to coming to Iowa State Bond was a laboratory fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 14 years. He was also a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder for eight years and a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

Bond’s research areas of interest include ultrasonics (sensing and material characterization); high power (nonlinear); and sensors in harsh environments; and nondestructive evaluation/prognostics, which includes process monitoring (additive manufacturing), aging and degradation characterization and novel NDE applications.

Leonard Bond at retirement reception
Bond pictured at his department retirement reception

He is credited with more than 450 publications in his career, including 81 journal publications, 19 book chapters and 18 books. He is currently working with co-author Dale Ensminger on the 4th edition of the book Ultrasonics: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications.

Bond was also active in working with students, including the Cyclone Rocketry organization, which has seen great success in recent years in national-level rocketry competitions. 

Bond received both his bachelor’s degree (1974) and Ph.D. (1978) from City University London.