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Q&A with International Space Station astronauts in upcoming live broadcast; ISU watch party planned

Questions from youth across Iowa will be asked of astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in a live broadcast arranged by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium and Iowa State Extension and Outreach.

Aero’s M:2:I launches tenth anniversary year with busy information session

The tenth year of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program officially got underway with its kickoff event August 25. More than 130 undergraduate students were on hand in the Howe Hall atrium to learn about the 2021-22 edition of the Boeing-sponsored, student project-centered program. M:2:I touts teamwork in the planning, design …Continue reading “Aero’s M:2:I launches tenth anniversary year with busy information session”

Fair food favorites fly far with M:2:I HABET balloon demonstration

The midway was nearby. But for some, one of the most exciting rides at the Iowa State Fair was had by various fair foods aboard a balloon launched by an Iowa State University team to give youngsters a close-up look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to …Continue reading “Fair food favorites fly far with M:2:I HABET balloon demonstration”

Inspiring tomorrow’s women in STEM: Kristin Yvonne Rozier

Here on campus, Kristin Rozier, Black & Veatch Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, brings her NASA research experience into her classroom and lab group, leading new innovations in autonomous flight.

New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures

A first-of-its-kind curriculum in Iowa will soon be available to students in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering – and will help prepare them for a cutting-edge area of technology that’s part of what has been deemed “the fourth industrial revolution.” A new undergraduate minor in cyber-physical systems (CPS) will debut in the fall 2021 …Continue reading “New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures”

Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) and Iowa State University College of Engineering are mourning the death of Professor R. Ganesh Rajagopalan, who passed away March 19. A highly regarded researcher, he was responsible for unique contributions to rotorcraft, wind energy systems, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He and his students have made significant and …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away”

AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship

Thanh Phan, a fifth-year Ph.D. aerospace engineering student at Iowa State, has been named a Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient for 2021-22. Fourteen fellowships are awarded to Iowa State students each year. Phan is one of three recipients in the College of Engineering. He was selected for the honor after two of his recent research articles …Continue reading “AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship”

Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades

Wind turbines have become a staple of power generation. But ice accumulating on their blades during adverse winter weather can reduce their energy production by as much as 80%. That’s the finding of a new field study just released by Department of Aerospace Engineering Martin C. Jischke Professor Hui Hu. Read more about how Hu’s …Continue reading “Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades”

AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition

Three minutes well spent has netted Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Ramya Srinivasan the People’s Choice Award in Iowa State University’s 3-Minute Thesis final competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research …Continue reading “AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition”

Honors for AerE’s Abdelkhalik, Ahn, Riedel

Associate professor Abdelkhalik named AIAA associate fellow Of the nearly 30,000 individual members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) worldwide, only 17% are selected as associate fellows. Department of Aerospace Engineering associate professor Ossama Abdelkhalik will now join those ranks. Abdelkhalik has officially become an associate fellow in the organization’s class of …Continue reading “Honors for AerE’s Abdelkhalik, Ahn, Riedel”

New faculty spotlight: Ping He

A new semester brings new people, new challenges and new opportunities to the grounds of Iowa State University (ISU). As the fall 2020 semester progresses, recently hired Department of Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Ping He continues to settle in. Dr. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sichuan University, China, in 2007. From …Continue reading “New faculty spotlight: Ping He”

Aerospace Engineering’s Rozier receives Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference in Engineering Fellowship

One of only two Iowa State researchers named to honor It’s all about reliability and predictability of systems with Kristin-Yvonne Rozier’s Laboratory for Temporal Logic. Her work with advanced automated reasoning techniques – algorithms and tools that filter what we want vs. what we don’t want, that can apply to things like security systems and …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering’s Rozier receives Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference in Engineering Fellowship”

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”

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