Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, a 1998 Iowa State graduate, is back on campus after working as a NASA flight director. He’s passing on some of the lessons he learned at NASA while helping students with senior design projects related to space and courses in lab techniques and computer applications.
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
Iowa State alumni sponsor students’ interest in engineering Dale and Jan Johnson knew quiet retirement wasn’t enough for them. For the past eight years, the couple has been investing in relationships with students and a future of engineering. The Johnsons, originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, moved to Mahtomedi, Minnesota, in 1962 after finishing their time at … Continue reading A scholarship with a purpose for all
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.
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
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
The first time AerE alum Elizabeth Bierman thought about engineering was when she saw the astronaut picture on her new lunch box in fourth grade. Bierman, who currently works for Honeywell as a principal systems engineer, found a flyer for NASA’s Young Astronaut program in that lunchbox and joined the program shortly after. Six months … Continue reading I Became an Engineer: Because of a lunch box
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
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
New Iowa State professor makes nondestructive evaluation his life’s work. In 1987, the year after he received his ScD in Materials Engineering from the University Magdeburg, Norbert Meyendorf was offered a job at his alma mater teaching nondestructive evaluation. Since that day, he knew there was nothing else he’d rather be doing than exploring … Continue reading Norbert Meyendorf: A Passion for NDE Testing
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
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.
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.
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.
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.