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New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

Peng Wei, a self-titled “airplane nerd,” joins the Iowa State faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering beginning in January 2015. He’ll teach two classes in systems engineering and work on three areas of research related to his biggest interest: air traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and airline and airport operations. Wei earned his … Continue reading New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

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Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). … Continue reading Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

Coming all the way from his home country of Iceland, Leifur Leifsson is excited to begin his career at Iowa State University this fall. He will teach a class on aerodynamics—his favorite subject—and continue his research in surrogate-based optimization. Leifsson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in … Continue reading New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

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Liming Xiong joins aerospace faculty, plans to create new research lab

As the College of Engineering welcomes several new members to its faculty this fall, the Department of Aerospace Engineering gains professors who intend to build on Iowa State’s growing research program. Liming Xiong has big plans for the university, including integrating materials research into the aerospace engineering discipline. After spending many years working on materials … Continue reading Liming Xiong joins aerospace faculty, plans to create new research lab

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is … Continue reading Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

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Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had … Continue reading Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

ELO offers new online certification prep program

The Engineering-LAS Online Learning program is now offering a course for anyone interested in pursuing Methods-Time Measurement Universal Analyzing System (MTM-UAS) certification. The training course discusses construction principles, time elements and simultaneous motions, and methods improvements of MTM-UAS. Those interested in industrial engineering or who have a need to develop optimal work measurement standards and … Continue reading ELO offers new online certification prep program

Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

Kelsey Regan has always had a love for the environment and adventure. As a former runner, Regan trained with Iowa State’s track and field and cross-country teams her first year of college. She left the team when she became injured and realized she wouldn’t continue running much longer. Looking for a new adventure, she took … Continue reading Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

Chemical and biological engineering grad student aims to conquer limits with PhD

Joseph Petefish, a chemical engineer from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, chose to pursue his Ph.D. at Iowa State University for the world of opportunities that comes along with a doctorate degree in his field. The Ph.D. will come in handy if Petefish ever decides to teach, but for now, he wants to make sure he has … Continue reading Chemical and biological engineering grad student aims to conquer limits with PhD

First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

As a first-generation college student, Kahni Pr’Out says both she and her parents always knew she would go on to pursue a higher degree. Now in the midst of her Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering, she’s getting ready to start a job in industry. After completing her undergraduate degree in math at Savannah State University … Continue reading First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

Aerospace professor Hui Hu awarded new base program for Iowa Space Grant Consortium

The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) selected a proposal by Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, that would build a stronger relationship between NASA and Iowa State University. Hu wrote a proposal seeking “support to establish a research and education integrated program to facilitate the long-term research and education collaboration” between Iowa State and … Continue reading Aerospace professor Hui Hu awarded new base program for Iowa Space Grant Consortium

Gilman Scholarship aids Maluwelmeng’s research internship in Germany

The bi-annual Gilman Scholarship Program named Connie Maluwelmeng, a junior in electrical engineering and mathematics from Guam, as one of the 2014 summer finalists to receive financial aid to study abroad. Maluwelmeng will complete an internship at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, researching solar power. By supporting undergraduate students who might resist going abroad because … Continue reading Gilman Scholarship aids Maluwelmeng’s research internship in Germany

Chemical engineering senior Alma Marquez looks to give back to community

Alma Marquez, a senior in chemical engineering from Des Moines, Iowa, was part of a science-related scholarship program starting in eighth grade, called Science Bound, that led her to Iowa State. As a student here, she’s given her time to rigorous engineering courses, internships, peer mentor groups and various volunteer opportunities. When she decided to study … Continue reading Chemical engineering senior Alma Marquez looks to give back to community

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Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

A strict series of physical requirements must be met in order to earn the coveted position of a NASA astronaut: 20/20 corrected vision, 140/90 blood pressure, and a height between 62 and 75 inches. At 5 feet tall, only two inches separated Michaela Antolak from her lifelong dream. Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, … Continue reading Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

Three MSE alumni receive NSF Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) honored three Iowa State College of Engineering alumni this year. The respected program recognizes people who have shown the potential to be future leaders in their fields. Alex Bruce, Mandi (Caudle) Buffon and Lisa Rueschhoff each earned their bachelor’s degrees in materials engineering from Iowa … Continue reading Three MSE alumni receive NSF Research Fellowships