College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers study advanced manufacturing methods in zero-gravity

A team of engineering researchers at Iowa State University is studying the most effective ways for manufacturing materials in outer space, with the hope that astronauts can use these methods while on space missions.

Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge

A team of Iowa State University engineering students, team SMAlloygator, won the 2021 4th CASMART Student Design Challenge. The challenge, organized by NASA, tasked students with creating a design using shape memory alloy (SMA) technology. This work was also part of the Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design project. The Consortium for the Advancement of …Continue reading “Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge”

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit …Continue reading “Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship”

Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano named International Space Station manager

Joel Montalbano, a 1988 graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named manager of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program. The appointment became effective June 29. “I am confident Joel’s leadership of this program will continue to expand the role of the space station as a national asset for exploration, science, and …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano named International Space Station manager”

ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry

From New Jersey to Australia to Michigan to California and back to Ames, Sara Mayne has done a lot during her short time as a mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University. Mayne grew up in South New Jersey, east of Philadelphia. She was attracted to STEM at an early age because of her parents, …Continue reading “ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry”

Past, present, future of space exploration: ECpE alum Lewis C. Hill II of NASA

As an outer space fanatic since grade school, Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Lewis C. Hill II is living his dream as a software developer at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. In Hill’s position, he helps to enable space exploration and works on many aerospace innovations, working …Continue reading “Past, present, future of space exploration: ECpE alum Lewis C. Hill II of NASA”

An interdisciplinary path to plant root research

No day is “just a normal day” in Ludovico Cademartiri’s research group. Not when there are so many questions to answer about crop plants using a convergence of materials science and engineering, genetics, predictive phenomics and chemical engineering. “We are working on many exploratory projects, including answering some fundamental questions about plant communication and challenging …Continue reading “An interdisciplinary path to plant root research”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Charlotte Brandenburg

Charlotte Brandenburg Major: Materials engineering: emphasis in metals and polymers Minor: Mathematics and German GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa Career goal: To be a materials researcher at NASA Clubs/activities: PrISUm Solar Car Team, Osteoceramics Research Lab, Teaching Assistant Awards/honors: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society Favorite place on campus: Lagomarcino courtyard in spring and …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Charlotte Brandenburg”

New project will explore manufacturing in space

A mechanical engineering professor will establish a new research program to study ways for manufacturing polymer-based structures in space for space applications with the help of a new grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Reza Montazami, associate professor in mechanical engineering (ME), received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for a project titled …Continue reading “New project will explore manufacturing in space”

ME student rolls in style with summer internship at Rolls-Royce

Cole Jensen was in awe of the jets as they zoomed overhead when he went to air shows as a kid. Now as an adult, he has had the opportunity to work on the jet engines that fascinated him as a child. Jensen grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and chose to attend Iowa State …Continue reading “ME student rolls in style with summer internship at Rolls-Royce”

UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests

UNICOM Talks is a new series of events that will present noted guests from the field of aerospace engineering offering insight into many facets of the industry. Hosted by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, UNICOM Talks will debut with two department alums in the spotlight on back-to-back days: NASA Chief Technologist David Voracek will …Continue reading “UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests”

Research by AerE’s Sheidaei in orbit with International Space Station lab

Research led by Department of Aerospace Engineering assistant professor Azadeh Sheidaei has taken off – literally – into space with the NASA International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. Sheidaei was selected as one of a handful of principal investigators from around the nation to oversee various projects involving rodents in microgravity on board the SpaceX …Continue reading “Research by AerE’s Sheidaei in orbit with International Space Station lab”

Former NASA Test Pilot “Fast Eddie” to Speak at Iowa State

A former NASA test pilot and 35-year veteran of military aviation, Ed “Fast Eddie” Schneider will share his knowledge and many experiences in a special guest appearance Friday, April 26.   A guest of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), he will present a lecture in 0010 …Continue reading “Former NASA Test Pilot “Fast Eddie” to Speak at Iowa State”

Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.

CBE major and Iowa Space Grant Consortium fellow researches creation of fuel for Mars space missions Like many other middle school students, Brandon Vance went on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Now, as an undergraduate university researcher, he will be headed back to the nation’s capital with a spot in the prestigious Posters on …Continue reading “Undergrad Brandon Vance will display research to Congress in Washington, D.C.”

Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship

Senior in STEM takes on out-of-this-world experience with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) With her feet planted firmly on the ground, Lauren Wibe’s professional career is taking off thanks to her involvement in the elite NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP). Starting last fall, Wibe worked in NASA’s Environmental Protection and Management Division within …Continue reading “Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship”

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