Spaceflight Operations Workshop

The Spaceflight Operations Workshop takes place each August and is open to various undergraduate students at Iowa State and other institutions through an application process. The 2019 workshop is scheduled for August 7-18.

Creating Operational Thinkers

Clayton Anderson

Operational thinking and user-centered design are important for human space exploration. To be a successful astronaut, or even an engineer here on earth, you need to think differently. Retired NASA astronaut Clay Anderson, along with Iowa State University, has created the week-long Spaceflight Operations Workshop, which will challenge the way students think. Departing from the typical classroom college experience, students will participate in hands-on activities to learn planning, execution, and teamwork. Get an overview of what the Workshop is all about in this video hosted by workshop developer and coordinator Clayton Anderson:

Spaceflight Operations Collage_R

About The Workshop

Students are put through exercises similar to those used in actual Astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston:

  • SCUBA diving – Working in a hazardous environment
  • Wilderness survival training – Expeditionary behavior, teamwork, and mission planning
  • Flight Simulation – Cockpit resource management
  • Skydiving – Moving in reduced gravity
  • Virtual Reality – Emergency training

Participants will also take part in classroom activities covering topics such as:

  • Leadership and Team Development
  • Operations Development
  • Pilot Performance
  • Spacecraft Control Panel Design
  • Payload and Science Operations

Spaceflight Operations Workshop Photos


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

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Summer hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Howe Hall: Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Emergency contact: Building supervisor Jim Benson, 515-294-4946