Category: Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano named International Space Station manager

Joel Montalbano, a 1988 graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named manager of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program. The appointment became effective June 29. “I am confident Joel’s leadership of this program will continue to expand the role of the space station as a national asset for exploration, science, and … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano named International Space Station manager

Aerospace Engineering graduate students honored for research, teaching

The work of four Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate students has been honored with Teaching Excellence and (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) Awards from the Iowa State University Graduate College. The awards are presented to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their scientific research or their performance in teaching. Fangwei Hou and Xingeng Wu have … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering graduate students honored for research, teaching

Sarkar research helps cables, power lines withstand wind

Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Partha Sarkar and students in his research lab are utilizing the department’s Aerodynamic/Atmospheric Boundary Layer (AABL) wind tunnel in the Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory (WiST) to study how to prevent cables – such as those that hold up bridges and power lines – from “galloping” in high wind. Read about … Continue reading Sarkar research helps cables, power lines withstand wind

Madison Drent and Rachel Schmerbach receive Dean’s Leadership Award

The College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate juniors and seniors who show exemplary leadership outside of a single department or organization. Madison Drent, junior in materials engineering, and Rachel Schmerbach, senior in aerospace engineering, are this year’s recipients.

Former engineering mechanics/aerospace engineering faculty member Rizzo passes away

Frank J. Rizzo Jr., a former faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and chair in engineering mechanics, has passed away at the age of 81. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Originally from Chicago, Rizzo received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1960), a … Continue reading Former engineering mechanics/aerospace engineering faculty member Rizzo passes away

AerE alum, Space Force Director Clint Crosier to Hall of Distinguished Alumni

An Iowa State alumnus responsible for planning the recently launched U.S. Space Force has been welcomed into the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Major General Clinton E. Crosier, who received a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1987, returned to campus in connection with the recent U.S. Strategic Command … Continue reading AerE alum, Space Force Director Clint Crosier to Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Rothmayer named Aerospace Engineering’s Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair

Alric Rothmayer has been named Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. His appointment begins March 1, 2020. “Alric has done an outstanding job in the role of interim chair, and we are pleased he will continue as department chair,” said W. Samuel Easterling, James … Continue reading Rothmayer named Aerospace Engineering’s Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair

Apply now for 2020 Spaceflight Operations Workshop

Not every summer learning opportunity involves skydiving, scuba dive certification and wilderness expeditions. But those and many more are waiting with the 2020 Department of Aerospace Engineering Spaceflight Operations Workshop. Applications for the August 4-16 workshop will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. March 27, 2020. Undergraduate students from Iowa State and other institutions are all … Continue reading Apply now for 2020 Spaceflight Operations Workshop

Aerospace Engineering’s Sarkar elected to ASCE Fellowship

Dr. Partha Sarkar, professor of aerospace engineering and civil engineering at Iowa State University, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. ASCE fellows have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. It is a prestigious honor held by 3% of ASCE’s 150,000+ members in … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Sarkar elected to ASCE Fellowship

Four Aerospace Engineering students receive TEX-REX awards

Two alumni and two current students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering have received Teaching Excellence (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) awards for their work in the fall semester in the fall semester of 2019. The TEX Award is given to two students who have shown exemplary accomplishments, as graduate students, in the teaching of … Continue reading Four Aerospace Engineering students receive TEX-REX awards

Nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

Valery Levitas is a co-author of two papers published within weeks by the high-profile journal Science. Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Vance Coffman Faculty Chair and professor in aerospace engineering, specializes in experimental testing and computational modeling of high-pressure mechanics, physics and mechanochemistry.