College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Sara Nelson named Iowa Space Grant Consortium director

The Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) has announced Dr. Sara D. Nelson as its new director. The NASA-supported agency is part of Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and works to improve and inspire Iowa’s involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.

Hui Hu icing research study receives AIAA best paper honors

A paper published by Department of Aerospace Engineering Martin C. Jischke Professor Hui Hu and three of his students has been selected to receive national recognition by the American Institute of Aeronautics and  Astronautics’ (AIAA) Gas Turbine Engines Technical Committee.

“Groundbreaking” research in earthquake mechanisms sees publication in Nature Communications for AerE’s Levitas

Hypotheses and theory regarding what occurs during deep-focus earthquakes have been taken on by Department of Aerospace Engineering Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Valery Levitas, in his first work on geophysical problems.

Marine aviator, ISU alum Dwight DeJong is new flight simulator instructor in Aerospace Engineering

In the Marine Corps Dwight DeJong spent many hours training aviators in the fine points of flying military aircraft. In Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering he’ll be employing that experience teaching undergraduate students the basics of flying – without leaving Howe Hall.
DeJong has joined the department as director of the Flight Simulation Laboratory. He’ll be introducing students to techniques of flying fixed-wing aircraft with the use of six simulators.

New AerE faculty member Sidharth GS brings strong computational fluids background

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) welcomes new faculty member Sidharth GS, who has joined the department as an assistant professor officially starting fall semester 2022.

NASA selects three ISU researchers for EPSCoR funding

Department of Aerospace Engineering T.A. Wilson Professor of Aerospace Engineering Ashraf Bastawros is one of three individuals from Iowa State University who have been selected for NASA EPSCoR’s Fiscal Year 2022 Rapid Response Research (R3).

Two AerE grad students shine in conference research paper competition

Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate students Nianhong Han and Anvesh Dhulipalla have taken second best and third best paper honors, respectively, in a prestigious international competition.

Summer of undergrad research underway in Aerospace Engineering with LAUNCH-UAS

The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s LAUNCH-UAS undergraduate research program has initiated its takeoff for 2022.
Eight students from around the nation are making Iowa State University and the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) their summer home for the ten-week program.

Teaching/research awards honor four AerE grad students

Four graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been honored for their work with Teaching Excellence and Research Excellence Awards from Iowa State University’s Graduate College. The awards are presented each fall and spring semester to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their scientific research or their performance in teaching.

AerE faculty member, alum, astronaut Clayton Anderson named President/CEO of SAC & Aerospace Museum

Iowa State’s own astronaut-in-residence, who made a name for himself orbiting the Earth, is now launching a new chapter on the terra firma of his native Nebraska.
Clayton Anderson, professor of practice in ISU’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, has become the President and CEO of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

NASA ISS manager, AerE grad Joel Montalbano to Hall of Distinguished Alumni April 21

Department of Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano, director of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program, will return to the ISU campus for induction into the department’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Aerospace Engineering panel of professionals will discuss students transitioning to the workplace

The sometimes daunting task of university students transitioning to the workplace will be in the spotlight with advice from those who have been there in the aerospace engineering field. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Iowa Section will present “Transitioning From School to the Workplace” February 24, 4 p.m., in the Alliant-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. The event will also be live streamed via Webex.

AerE teaching, research awards honor three grad students

Three graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been honored for their work with Teaching Excellence (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) Awards from Iowa State University’s Graduate College. The awards are presented each fall and spring semester to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their scientific research or their performance in teaching.

Gift from AerE alumna creates new scholarship, advancements for student programs and Spaceflight Simulation Laboratory

Aerospace engineering alumna Laura Seidensticker is giving back to the department with a generous donation in support of an Iowa State aerospace engineering undergraduate scholarship and funding for updating of the department’s neutral buoyancy tank in the Spaceflight Simulation Laboratory.

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