Engineering Students Receive FAA Honor, Earn Aviation Research Opportunity

Students in the College of Engineering and Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) have taken top honors for work in aviation and big data. This spring, the Federal Aviation Administration and Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) chose Ikkyun Song as a Centers of Excellence Fellow. Song is a CCEE Department … Continue reading Engineering Students Receive FAA Honor, Earn Aviation Research Opportunity

Change Agent: Bong Wie

Bong Wie sent his hands flying, simulating an explosion right there in his Howe Hall office. If his ideas become reality and spacecraft carrying nuclear explosives fly into asteroids one day, “The asteroid can be pulverized – not just fragmented – into dust!” he said, his hands going wild.

2015-2016 Learning Community Awards announced

The recipients of the 2015-2016 Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentor and Exemplary Peer Mentor Supervisor Awards were honored at the Learning Communities Peer Mentor Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The purpose of the exemplary peer mentor award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by peer mentors working with learning community students. The … Continue reading 2015-2016 Learning Community Awards announced

Student Innovation Center displaces student organizations

While the proposed Student Innovation Center promises excellent space and utilities for student organizations once it is completed, its construction plan is currently causing problems for the same organizations. The Student Innovation Center will be built on the plots where the Nuclear Engineering building and Old Sweeny currently stand, two building that are home to … Continue reading Student Innovation Center displaces student organizations

Mary Wickham named associate dean for Iowa State University College of Engineering

Mary Wickham has been named associate dean for operations and planning at the Iowa State University College of Engineering. Wickham spent 20 years in management and leadership positions at Caterpillar, Inc. before retiring in 2014. She joined Iowa State in 2015 as an adjunct associate professor in the department of aerospace engineering. She began her … Continue reading Mary Wickham named associate dean for Iowa State University College of Engineering

Advancing aviation technology one recycled plane at a time

AerE alums lead ecoDemonstrator project at Boeing A degree from Iowa State in aerospace engineering has brought two alums to a big project in their field. Doug Christensen (AerE ’87) and Dean Hawkinson (AerE ’00) both currently work on the ecoDemonstrator program at Boeing. The program is an inventive and environmentally progressive way for engineers … Continue reading Advancing aviation technology one recycled plane at a time

Benjamin Ahn: Enhancing engineering education

New AerE assistant professor pushes for engaged education and student growth As a graduate student TA for an introductory engineering class at Purdue University, Benjamin Ahn observed something about the way students learn technical information through a bit of an informal experiment. The new assistant professor in AerE was teaching two classes, one in the … Continue reading Benjamin Ahn: Enhancing engineering education

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.

ISU engineers confident Mars rover is ready to compete

Interspace travel requires the right tools. A group of ISU engineers has been working on a special tool for a trip to Mars. For the past three years, a group of engineers has been working on the Mars Analog Vehicle for Robotic Inspection for the annual Mars Society University Rover Challenge, and it’s almost mission accomplished.

Iowa State engineer develops power-saving tools to keep solar-powered robots in action

The small robots in Ran Dai’s basement lab at Iowa State University look like fancy electronic toys. But they’re really very smart. And they’re getting smarter. Dai, an Iowa State assistant professor and Black and Veatch Faculty Fellow in aerospace engineering, is developing power-management technologies that would allow land- and air-based robots to monitor solar conditions so they can maximize operating efficiency and battery life.

Club allows students opportunity to fly

It’s hard to get much of anything of value for $30, but an ISU club gets its members off to a flying start toward their pilot’s license with just that. The Flying Cyclones is a club for aviation enthusiasts of all kinds. Members, after paying yearly dues of only $30, have the chance to go on flights with the club’s pilots, attend fly-ins and go on trips.