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Ben Nimmergut’s Iowa State adventure comes full circle in his career

A 2001 mechanical engineering graduate, Ben Nimmergut was always fascinated with airplanes, getting to know them while his father worked as a pilot for United Airlines. But it wasn’t until he devoted his last two years at Iowa State to the solar car team that he took an interest in Boeing. Nimmergut—originally from the suburbs …Continue reading “Ben Nimmergut’s Iowa State adventure comes full circle in his career”

Charles Fiterman, engineering alum, wins Boeing innovation award

Charles J. Fiterman, an environmental control systems expert with Boeing and an Iowa State College of Engineering alumnus, has won two of that company’s annual Special Invention Awards recognizing excellence in engineering innovation. Fiterman was recognized for his work on two teams that developed major improvements to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, their newest and most energy …Continue reading “Charles Fiterman, engineering alum, wins Boeing innovation award”

Bringing diverse experience to senior design

With past experiences and knowledge gained in industry, new aerospace engineering faculty member Tom Gielda is confident he has what it takes to add value to the department’s capstone senior design course. Gielda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 from Michigan State University (MSU), at which time he was commissioned a …Continue reading “Bringing diverse experience to senior design”

Optimal control engineer joins AerE

Trajectory optimization, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) path planning, and automotive accident reconstruction are just a few interests new aerospace engineering faculty member Ran Dai plans to expand upon as she makes her start at Iowa State. Dai, a native of China’s Jiangsu Province, began her undergraduate studies at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, …Continue reading “Optimal control engineer joins AerE”

‘Eminent Engineer’ gives back to the profession

With an interest in the structural aspects of engineering design, 1963 civil engineering alumnus Jack McGuire never anticipated he would have a life-long career in aerospace engineering. But after 43 years at the Boeing Company, he can safely say the field has proved to be the place for him. His professional accomplishments and commitment to …Continue reading “‘Eminent Engineer’ gives back to the profession”

Boeing’s Pastega welcomes the lessons of a good challenge

As Kim Pastega settles on a hard chair in a Howe Hall classroom—a chair that is better suited for keeping students alert during class than for hosting a prestigious guest—she does not seem the least bit uncomfortable. Never mind that she has just walked downstairs from a ceremony that inducted her into the Department of …Continue reading “Boeing’s Pastega welcomes the lessons of a good challenge”

About students, by students (Part IV)

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series of student profiles written by students in JLMC 321, Public Relations Writing. Our thanks to the authors, to senior lecturer Erin Wilgenbusch, to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications, and to the subjects. Read Part I , Part II and Part III.) Kate Lindley …Continue reading “About students, by students (Part IV)”

College builds key partnership for online learning program

The Iowa State University College of Engineering was recently named a preferred provider of online education at the Boeing Company. This agreement highlights the long-term relationship that has existed between Iowa State and Boeing. “The college has done a wonderful job serving traditional students who can come to campus and do their learning within the …Continue reading “College builds key partnership for online learning program”