Dan DeVetter

Dan DeVetter
Devetter preparing to fly in a Diamond DA20-Katana.

As a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and Combat Systems Officer Trainee, Dan DeVetter gets paid to fly. Based in Pensacola, Florida, DeVetter receives on-the-job training in flight, navigation, weapons systems, and electronic warfare such as radar jamming. As a student at Iowa State, DeVetter was an active member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and Cyclone Aide. He also served as a Career Fair Ambassador – and now, as a young alumni, DeVetter has some helpful advise to offerer his aerospace peers.


How did you land your job?

It was a long process with tests, interviews, and physical exams to get accepted. Then I had to go to Officer Training School before coming to Pensacola for CSO training.


What is the most valuable thing you learned as an aerospace engineering undergrad?

I gained a love and appreciation for all things aviation and a desire to learn.


What is your fondest memory of the department?

Getting the opportunity to work in the labs for various research projects. I put in many hours, and wouldn’t take back any of them.


What do you know now that you wish you had known as an undergrad?

I wish I would have gotten more flying experience in school to learn about airplanes firsthand, from a pilot’s perspective.


What advice would you offer current undergrads?

Work hard and keep an open mind, because you never know what doors your degree can open.

Post-Doctoral Position

Post-Doctoral Position in Experimental Phase Transitions and Plasticity Under High Pressure

Post-doctoral position at Iowa State University is available starting Summer/Fall 2019 to perform experimental research on coupled plastic flow, phase transformations, and other structural changes under high pressure and torsion of a sample in rotational diamond anvil cell. Experience with in situ high pressure experimentation and/or x-ray characterization of stresses and structural changes in materials at the micron scale is desired. Close collaboration with theoretical / computational collaborators and with Ames Laboratory of DoE is expected. Please email your application to Prof. Valery Levitas vlevitas@iastate.edu.

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