Category: Aerospace Engineering

Micro-g NExT team selected for testing phase of NASA design competition

Iowa State University’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) has been selected to advance to Phase II of the NASA design competition. Micro-g NExT challenges undergraduate students to design, build and test a tool or device that addresses a real-life space exploration challenge. Iowa State’s team has been selected to conduct test operations in the simulated microgravity environment at the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Aerospace professor, current and former doctoral students published in prestigious physics journal

A research group consisting of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Valery I. Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering; Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. student S. Ehsan Esfahani; and former ISU Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student (currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Michigan) Iman Ghamarian … Continue reading Aerospace professor, current and former doctoral students published in prestigious physics journal

Fall 2018 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 15. Read more about the contributions, accomplishments and future plans of this class of impressive Cyclone engineers.

Aerospace Engineering’s Sarkar receives honor for work in wind engineering

Department of Aerospace Engineering Professor Partha Sarkar has been elected as a Fellow in the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI is one of the nine institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an organization that has more than 150,000 members in 177 countries. Of 34,000 SEI members, only 234 are Fellows in … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Sarkar receives honor for work in wind engineering

$6 million gift from Boeing to support Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center and undergraduate researchers

The Boeing Company made a $6 million commitment to Iowa State University that will enhance the educational experience for all students at Iowa State, inspire innovation on the university’s campus, and support engineering students interested in research. A significant portion of Boeing’s gift will support construction of the Student Innovation Center, the approximately 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that will serve as the hub on campus for hands-on projects where students can collaborate across a wide range of disciplines.

Aerospace Engineering alum and his wife are first Homecoming “Cyclone Sweethearts”

An Iowa State University aerospace engineering alumnus and his wife, also an ISU graduate, have claimed a place in ISU homecoming history by being the first “Cyclone Sweethearts,” in what may become a new addition to the celebration. Adam Kempers (aerospace engineering ‘04) and Allison Arnold-Kempers (early childhood education ‘06) will be in the spotlight … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering alum and his wife are first Homecoming “Cyclone Sweethearts”

Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses

A research team consisting of four scientists: Nikolai A. Zarkevich, researcher with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory; Hao Chen, an Aerospace Engineering graduate student; Valery Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor in Aerospace Engineering; and Duane D. Johnson, F. Wendell Miller Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has … Continue reading Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses

New opportunities available to STEM educators in Space Grant Consortium program

Two new and impactful opportunities await Iowa K-12 educators in the 2019 Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Partner Schools Program. Applications for the program are now being accepted through 3 p.m. December 3, 2018. The ISGC-sponsored Partner School Program supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school partnerships to help schools connect to learning opportunities … Continue reading New opportunities available to STEM educators in Space Grant Consortium program

ISU’s tornado simulator number one on list of natural disaster simulation

No stranger to news coverage, the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s tornado simulator in Howe Hall has once again achieved worldwide attention, landing in first place on a list of the most important natural disaster simulators in the United States. Produced by AccuWeather, the list looks at university facilities that play a key role in helping … Continue reading ISU’s tornado simulator number one on list of natural disaster simulation

Aerospace Engineering alum Momeni research in prestigious publication

Dr. Kasra Momeni, an Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering alumnus and now a professor of mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, has had research published in the highly regarded interdisciplinary Naturepartner Journal (npj) 2D Materials and Applications. “Multiscale framework for simulation-guided growth of 2D materials” reveals a new path for engineering atomically thin … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering alum Momeni research in prestigious publication

Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres will be Story Collider presenter October 16

Department of Aerospace Engineering lecturer and director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium Tomas Gonzalez-Torres will be a featured presenter when The Story Collider comes to Iowa State University. With a goal of presenting the human side of science, The Story Collider is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling true, personal stories about science through … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres will be Story Collider presenter October 16

Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas honored as Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Valery Levitas was officially honored as Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering in the recent university award ceremony. Levitas was named to receive the Marston designation in May of 2018. The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest academic honor the university bestows. It recognizes a … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas honored as Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Post-doc Shangyan Zou in AerE guest seminar September 13

A new post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Aerospace Engineering will be the department’s next guest seminar lecturer September 13. Dr. Shangyan Zou will present “Optimal Control of Wave Energy Converters” at 2:10 p.m., 1235 Howe. Zou’s research interests include optimal control of wave energy converters and space trajectory optimization. Zou has come to Iowa … Continue reading Post-doc Shangyan Zou in AerE guest seminar September 13