Former NASA official, ISU faculty member Gonzalez-Torres is new Iowa Space Grant Consortium director

Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, a lecturer in the Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), effective July 1. He replaces Interim Department Chair and Dennis & Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Christina Bloebaum as director. She is departing Iowa State for an administrative post … Continue reading Former NASA official, ISU faculty member Gonzalez-Torres is new Iowa Space Grant Consortium director

AerE grad student Tor Finseth part of research group radio interview

Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Tor Finseth is part of research group that was recently featured in a live radio interview on Ames’ KHOI-FM, a community radio station. Finseth has joined with Iowa State College of Engineering faculty members Michael Dorneich, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and … Continue reading AerE grad student Tor Finseth part of research group radio interview

Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres, Anderson share memories of astronaut Whitson on her retirement

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Iowa Space Grant Consortium are joining with countless individuals and organizations worldwide to note the retirement, and accomplishments, of record-setting Iowa astronaut Peggy Whitson. NASA recently announced that Whitson is retiring after more than 30 years of work with the space agency, which includes setting the mark for … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres, Anderson share memories of astronaut Whitson on her retirement

Cyclone Space Mining launches new concept for NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

This story is courtesy of the ISU News Service.  AMES, Iowa – It’s a brand new mission for the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining. Instead of going after the dusty, gritty top layer of simulated Martian soil in a NASA arena, the space miners need their robot to dig deeper and harvest chunks of buried … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining launches new concept for NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

Cyclone Space Mining finishes 2nd overall at NASA’s 2017 Robotic Mining Competition

The results are in and Cyclone Space Mining finished second overall at NASA’s 2017 Robotic Mining Competition. The team from Iowa State University finished with a score of 70.6 out of 100 points. The team performed especially well in the Outreach category – where they scored 19.5 out of 20 – as well as the Social … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining finishes 2nd overall at NASA’s 2017 Robotic Mining Competition

Cyclone Space Mining nabs two second-place finishes at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Iowa State University’s Cyclone Space Mining team nabbed two second-place finishes at the 8th annual NASA Robotics Mining Competition last week in Florida. The team took second place in the categories of “Social Media and Public Engagement” and “Project Outreach.”  The Social Media and Public Engagement category is “[a]warded to the teams that uses various … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining nabs two second-place finishes at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Cyclone Space Mining team to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition

For yet another summer, members of the Cyclone Space Mining team will leave behind Iowa’s rolling cornfields for the for palm tree-lined beaches of east central Florida. Iowa State’s Cyclone Space Mining team will compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, just west of Orlando. This is the … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining team to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Chemical and Biological Engineering University Professor James (Jim) Hill has announced his retirement, and was honored with a reception hosted by the department. Hill has been part of the CBE faculty since 1971 and served as department chair from 2005-2009. His work as a researcher, educator and advocate for students through the renowned ISU solar … Continue reading Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

ME grad student named Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellow, AerE undergrad awarded scholarship

Stuart Barkley, a PhD student in mechanical engineering, was recently named a fellow for the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Barkley’s research project is titled “Microwave Plasma Control of Composite Solid Propellant” and aims “to develop an entirely new approach for throttling and extinguishment control of solid propellant flame though microwave plasma enhancement.” Rachel Pick, an undergraduate aerospace … Continue reading ME grad student named Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellow, AerE undergrad awarded scholarship

NASA Iowa Space Grant returns to Iowa State

This summer, the NASA sponsored Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) returned to Iowa State. The ISGC, which is part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, was founded in 1990, establishing its first headquarters at Iowa State University. Iowa State, along with Drake University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern … Continue reading NASA Iowa Space Grant returns to Iowa State