College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Col. Martin designs flight experience around technology, teamwork

Dr. Richard Wlezien, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, wanted to make a required flight experience class something students would remember long after their time in the department. In order to do that, he hired someone who could bring that vision to life. At the end of a long hallway in the basement of …Continue reading “Col. Martin designs flight experience around technology, teamwork”

New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses

Newly proposed commercial rules for the use of unmanned aircraft open doors for Iowa farmers, realtors and businesses to be more productive, experts said Monday. “On one side we have this great economic development opportunity. (Unmanned aircraft) can have a huge impact on the productivity of farmland, so we don’t want to miss that,” said …Continue reading “New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses”

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV …Continue reading “Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut”

Iowa State University named the top source of graduates hired by aerospace and defense companies

More engineering students graduating from Iowa State University are hired in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry than from any other university. This is according to Aviation Week and Space Technology’s annual study, which has identified trends in technological challenges, leadership, demographics, and compensation, and ranked the top universities for A&D recruitment since 1997. Iowa …Continue reading “Iowa State University named the top source of graduates hired by aerospace and defense companies”

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”

Freshmen mentor Real World Design Challenge teams

Richard Wlezien, professor and chair of aerospace engineering, is ramping up an effort to get more students from the state of Iowa involved in the Real World Design Challenge, a program started in 2008 to get younger students engaged in solving real problems facing the engineering world today. Last year, though three Iowa teams started …Continue reading “Freshmen mentor Real World Design Challenge teams”

Howe holds lecture in atrium

Students of Aerospace Engineering 160 may have noticed they aren’t attending a traditional lecture. This fall, rather than cramming into a classroom or piling into a lecture hall, these soon-to-be engineers are taking a course at Howe Hall in the atrium. “We wanted to do something very different,” said Richard Wlezien, professor and chairman of the department …Continue reading “Howe holds lecture in atrium”

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”

Aerospace engineering to honor three alumni

Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will induct three prominent alumni into the department’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Friday, April 8, 2011. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. The 2011 inductees are Kathleen Howell (BSAerE’73), Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, …Continue reading “Aerospace engineering to honor three alumni”

Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State

Richard Wlezien has been named the Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. Currently professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, Wlezien will begin at Iowa State’s College of Engineering on August 16. Wlezien’s career includes extensive experience in industry, academia, and the federal government. He …Continue reading “Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State”