College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

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”

MSE alums shape space technology future at SpaceX

Matthew Swift (‘18 mat sci engr & physics) and Chris Whitmore (’16 mat sci engr) had a Cyclone Engineering experience that propelled them to jobs revolutionizing space technology at SpaceX. Both Swift and Whitmore say their hands-on Iowa State education – in and out of the classroom – was a key to their success.

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”

Fall 2018 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 15. Read more about the contributions, accomplishments and future plans of this class of impressive Cyclone engineers.

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: Final Day

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – PrISUm Solar Car finished the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in classic Iowa State style: blasting Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” as they crossed the finish line in South Australia’s capital city. The team finished the 3021-kilometer journey around 2 p.m. local time on Friday. The day began in Port Augusta and the …Continue reading “Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: Final Day”

Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: Final Day

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – PrISUm Solar Car finished the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in classic Iowa State style: blasting Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” as they crossed the finish line in South Australia’s capital city. The team finished the 3021-kilometer journey around 2 p.m. local time on Friday. The day began in Port Augusta and the …Continue reading “Bridgestone World Solar Challenge: Final Day”

AerE student Michaela Spaulding selected as a Brooke Owens Fellow

Michaela Spaulding, a junior in aerospace engineering, was selected as a Brooke Owens Fellow for 2017. The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is an organization that offers internships at leading aviation and space companies for women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration. Spaulding was one of 36 recipients of the fellowship, and will intern at …Continue reading “AerE student Michaela Spaulding selected as a Brooke Owens Fellow”

Iowa State AIAA Student Branch visits LA for industry tour

Students from the Iowa State AIAA student branch visited aerospace engineering companies over Thanksgiving break. Fifteen students flew to Los Angeles, Calif. for two days of tours and sightseeing. The group visited Boeing Satellite Systems, SpaceX, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, NASA Armstrong, and also viewed the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the USS Iowa. ISU AIAA …Continue reading “Iowa State AIAA Student Branch visits LA for industry tour”

ISU Hyperloop returns from Design Weekend with new name, focus

Though not chosen to advance to competition weekend, materials engineering senior Andrew Kitahara and the ISU Hyperloop team walked away from the SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Design Weekend with a bigger prize: the desire to continue working to revolutionize the world. Kitahara and the ISU Hyperloop team competed in the Design Weekend held January 29 and …Continue reading “ISU Hyperloop returns from Design Weekend with new name, focus”

Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition

A challenge issued by SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, is reaching its final stages. In an attempt to make a more efficient transportation system, Musk issued an open challenge for teams to create a “Hyperloop pod” that can travel 700 mph, making the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles only 20 minutes …Continue reading “Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition”

Engineering students team up for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

In June 2015, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, issued a challenge. He established an open competition geared towards university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. Andrew Kitahara, a senior in materials engineering, and Brandon Klosterman, a senior in …Continue reading “Engineering students team up for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition”

Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and …Continue reading “Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life”

Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses

The city of Ames held its first annual EcoFair, formerly the Energy Fair, on Saturday to give Ames residents the chance to learn more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances and other environmental issues. Participants at this years’ EcoFair had the opportunity to talk with city of Ames staff, interact with vendors …Continue reading “Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses”

Rockets shake and rattle, so SpaceX rolls homegrown CFD

At its engine plant in Texas, SpaceX is trying out a number of different injectors and other parameters to squeeze the most performance out of its engines, and it runs tests every day. These tests are expensive and, more importantly, even if you design engines and do physical testing on them and layer them with …Continue reading “Rockets shake and rattle, so SpaceX rolls homegrown CFD”

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