Join the Spaceflight Operations Workshop this summer

Clayton Anderson’s 5th Annual Spaceflight Operations Workshop is taking applications now for this summer’s session. August 2-14, 2018, experience a truly unique workshop that gives you the knowledge and tools based on exercises similar to those used in actual Astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Activities include, SCUBA dicing, wilderness survival training, … Continue reading Join the Spaceflight Operations Workshop this summer

Fourth Spaceflight Ops Workshop launches students on path to operational thinking

AMES, Iowa – The students enrolled in Iowa State University’s fourth Spaceflight Operations Workshop are facing a full week of physical and mental challenges. The 12 workshop students – nine from Iowa State, two from the University of Iowa and one from Tuskegee University in Alabama – will be tested Aug. 7-13 through skydiving, scuba training, wilderness … Continue reading Fourth Spaceflight Ops Workshop launches students on path to operational thinking

2015 Jason Award recipients announced

Plans for the 2015 Jason Awards banquet to be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, are continuing to unfold. The event will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow.

2015 imPROVE you meeting

Anderson kicks off 2015-2016 staff mentoring program year

Participants in the College of Engineering’s imPROVE you Staff Mentoring Program were inspired and entertained during the program’s first meeting of the year. Clayton Anderson, former NASA astronaut and faculty fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, shared his journey of living out a childhood dream to become an astronaut despite multiple rejections. Throughout the … Continue reading Anderson kicks off 2015-2016 staff mentoring program year

Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

A total of 12 students are learning life lessons from a retired astronaut. Clayton Anderson, senior lecturer and retired U.S. astronaut, said his goal isn’t to necessarily train the next generation of astronauts, but to teach students to think in ways they haven’t before. Ten students from Iowa State University and two from Tuskegee University … Continue reading Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and … Continue reading Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

Iowa State, astronaut Clayton Anderson ready to teach undergrads about spaceflight ops

Twelve undergraduates will learn lessons in operational thinking during the second Spaceflight Operations Workshop to be offered by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. The students will learn from Clayton Anderson, a workshop coordinator who retired from NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Anderson said the workshop’s goal isn’t to train the next generation of astronauts. It’s to help students think in new ways.

ISU alumnus, former astronaut, writes book about time at NASA

Throughout his career, Clayton Anderson has covered a lot of ground, both on and off this planet. Anderson, 56, served as a NASA astronaut and traveled twice to the International Space Station. Following his retirement from NASA in 2013, he began working as a distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. And now, Anderson can also call himself an author.

Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach … Continue reading Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

While Iowa State University is already known for its engineering school, Clayton Anderson wanted to give more experience to students. Anderson, an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, formed a week-long space operation workshop for six students. Throughout this week, the students have experienced lessons such as scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving in … Continue reading ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

Aspiring Astronauts Get Taste of Space with New Camp at Iowa State

It’s one small step in the journey to becoming an astronaut, but one huge step for these engineering students at Iowa State University. The very first space flight operations workshop, hosted by the Aerospace Engineering Department at the university, is designed to introduce the skills needed for students who aspire to become astronauts. “If we … Continue reading Aspiring Astronauts Get Taste of Space with New Camp at Iowa State

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV … Continue reading Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut