College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Micro-g NExT team selected for testing phase of NASA design competition

Iowa State University’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) has been selected to advance to Phase II of the NASA design competition. Micro-g NExT challenges undergraduate students to design, build and test a tool or device that addresses a real-life space exploration challenge. Iowa State’s team has been selected to conduct test operations in the simulated microgravity environment at the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

M:2:I’s Cardinal Flight has successful first flight

Arrow, the newest aircraft created by the Make to Innovate Program, Cardinal Flight, had it’s inaugural flight on Sunday morning in an airfield in Newton, IA. Arrow is a 18 ft. wingspan electric powered sailplane designed to incorporate solar panels. The aircraft was designed and manufactured entirely by students of Cardinal Flight. With Arrow, Cardinal Flight’s goal is …Continue reading “M:2:I’s Cardinal Flight has successful first flight”

CySLI competes in NASA’s Student Launch

Huntsville, AL –  Iowa State’s Student Launch Initiative team, CySLI, was in Hunstville, AL Saturday for NASA’s Student Launch Initiative. Forty universities competed, launching rockets to as close to one mile above ground level as possible. CySLI is part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to Innovate program. At the competition, CySLI took home hardware for the …Continue reading “CySLI competes in NASA’s Student Launch”

M:2:I projects on display at Aero Expo

Make to Innovate held the Aero Expo on Tuesday afternoon in Howe Hall. The 13 M:2:I groups had a chance to display their projects and speak with students and faculty regarding the progress and future goals. The aerospace engineering Industrial Advisory Council, which is made up of aerospace professionals, was in attendance and spent an …Continue reading “M:2:I projects on display at Aero Expo”

Team CySat selected for NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative

This article was first published on To view the article in it’s entirety, click here.  By Mitchell LaFrance A group of students from the Make to Innovate program (M:2:I) has recently been chosen by NASA to participate in the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI), which aims to enable universities and other institutions to learn more about …Continue reading “Team CySat selected for NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative”

M:2:I project featured in E&T Magazine

After winning the Rhode & Schwarz 2 Minutes Competition, the M:2:I MAVRIC team was featured in Engineering & Technology Magazine. E&T Magazine is a science, engineering and technology magazine in the United Kingdom that is distributed to over 140,000 people. Click here to read the entire article at E&T’s website. A Mars rover project developed …Continue reading “M:2:I project featured in E&T Magazine”

MAVRIC wins Rohde & Schwarz 2 minutes competition

Rohde & Schwarz, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of test & measurement, communications and broadcasting equipment,announced the winner of the 2 minutes competition. MAVRIC, a Make to Innovate project at Iowa State University was declared the winner of the international competition. Applicants were asked to submit a two-minute video detailing how they would use …Continue reading “MAVRIC wins Rohde & Schwarz 2 minutes competition”

M:2:I projects on display at poster expo

Make to Innovate hosted the fall poster expo today in Howe Hall. All 13 M:2:I teams put their projects on display for spectators to observe and learn about. At this point in the semester, many teams have begun fine tuning their designs for competitions that will occur in the spring. The expo gave teams a …Continue reading “M:2:I projects on display at poster expo”

The Make to Innovate program announces sponsorship with Boeing

The Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program at Iowa State University is delighted to announce sponsorship from The Boeing Company. Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company will sponsor a partnership that aligns an industry leader with engineering students at Iowa State University. The M:2:I program, which began in 2011, provides students the opportunity to participate in …Continue reading “The Make to Innovate program announces sponsorship with Boeing”

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.

Make 2 Innovate MAVRIC team selected as one of seven U.S. teams to travel to Utah

A redesigned rover has earned a group of ISU engineering students a chance to compete against teams from across the world at the end of May. Make 2 Innovate’s MAVRIC team will join 20 student groups from Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, India and Poland during the University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, Utah. The highly competitive event …Continue reading “Make 2 Innovate MAVRIC team selected as one of seven U.S. teams to travel to Utah”

M:2:I continues to grow

Last summer, the aerospace engineering (AerE) department announced plans for Make to Innovate (M:2:I) – a new program to engage students in hands-on projects. Over the past year, the program has seen students flood in and new projects emerge, demonstrating that M:2:I has staying power. Getting the program up and running When M:2:I was established, …Continue reading “M:2:I continues to grow”

AerE revamps undergrad design sequence

This summer, Iowa State’s aerospace engineering department will be fine-tuning a program that promises to offer more design experience for the department’s undergraduates. The new design sequence, called Make to Innovate, will allow students to receive elective credits for many extracurricular projects they are currently completing for fun. “We have so many students who are …Continue reading “AerE revamps undergrad design sequence”