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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Rich Wlezien, chair of aerospace engineering, discussed his perspective on the beginning of a new era for aerospace engineering in a WHO-TV interview.
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”
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”