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.

Positions Available

Three Ph.D. positions, Engineering Mechanics program in mechanics and materials, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Valery Levitas group

Three positions available to perform work on federally funded projects on modeling stress-induced phase transformations, plasticity, and their interactions at nano-, micro-, and macroscales. For more information and how to apply, click here.

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