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

An eye on Mars: Li’s photoelectrolysis research could take human benefit to new levels

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) are harnessing the potential of photosynthesis – one of the fundamental natural process that exists on Earth – with an eye on someday using photosynthesis to help humans live on Mars. Richard Seagrave Associate Professor Dr. Wenzhen Li is leading a study to … Continue reading An eye on Mars: Li’s photoelectrolysis research could take human benefit to new levels

Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program

Iowa State background leads junior professionals to selection for NASA leadership development program The Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success and Teamwork (FIRST) program at NASA takes young professionals with excellent technical skills and helps them to learn about themselves and their workplace to become better leaders. “At NASA, people are incredibly technically competent, but they … Continue reading Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program

Chase Grimm: Applying studies to real world issues

While he was growing up on a farm in the small community of Maynard, Iowa, Chase Grimm spent hours tinkering around with farm machinery and equipment, beginning his drive to learn more about manufacturing systems.

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.