Author: John Burnett-Larkins

M:2:I program navigates pandemic, charts future growth in hands-on learning

As with many university programs, Make to Innovate (M:2:I) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has persevered through a challenging time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It forced a restructuring of how students are educated through the program’s hands-on learning. Despite the challenges, the students have been very active and engaged and that … Continue reading M:2:I program navigates pandemic, charts future growth in hands-on learning

Faculty, staff, students receive honors and awards

Abdelkhalik named AIAA associate fellow Department of Aerospace Engineering associate professor Ossama Abdelkhalik has become an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Read more.   ASME fellowship for Bastawros T.A. Wilson Professor of Aerospace Engineering Ashraf Bastawros has been named a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). An … Continue reading Faculty, staff, students receive honors and awards

Been there, done that – Gonzalez-Torres experience guides students to real-world thinking in astronautics

“What if this fails?” “What if that fails?” “Astronauts doing a hypothetical spacewalk on the moon have suffered a spacesuit malfunction. You have ten minutes to deploy a lunar rescue module that’s five miles away. Your job is to design a module that will effectively be able to respond and rescue them. How do you … Continue reading Been there, done that – Gonzalez-Torres experience guides students to real-world thinking in astronautics

On earth and high above it, Sheidaei research and teaching is influential

It’s all in the details, as they say. And in the case of research being conducted by Department of Aerospace Engineering assistant professor Azadeh Sheidaei, the details surround microscopic structure of materials and how they interact. Her work is at the interface of biomechanics, computational mechanics, computational statistics, scientific machine learning and engineering design. Microstructure … Continue reading On earth and high above it, Sheidaei research and teaching is influential

Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) and Iowa State University College of Engineering are mourning the death of Professor R. Ganesh Rajagopalan, who passed away March 19. A highly regarded researcher, he was responsible for unique contributions to rotorcraft, wind energy systems, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He and his students have made significant and … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away

Wind turbines with cold-looking sky

Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades

Wind turbines have become a staple of power generation. But ice accumulating on their blades during adverse winter weather can reduce their energy production by as much as 80%. That’s the finding of a new field study just released by Department of Aerospace Engineering Martin C. Jischke Professor Hui Hu. Read more about how Hu’s … Continue reading Study by AerE’s Hu confirms impact of ice on wind turbine blades

Faculty Spotlight: Anupam Sharma

From owl-inspired research to enhancing department curriculum to helping make things run properly in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anupam Sharma is playing key roles in the progression of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Sharma received significant news and journal coverage and the significant National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2017 when he … Continue reading Faculty Spotlight: Anupam Sharma

Team effort tackles challenge of COVID-19 changes

It’s been called one of the most significant undertakings in Iowa State University history. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to move all courses online in the spring of 2020, as well as the continuation of the pandemic through summer and fall, forced a major rethinking of how all departments would continue … Continue reading Team effort tackles challenge of COVID-19 changes

Department of Aerospace Engineering continues successful ABET certification

The Department of Aerospace Engineering continued its history of accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the summer of 2019. Department of Aerospace Engineering associate professor Vinay Dayal led the department’s successful accreditation in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Dayal coordinated the department’s ABET data collection and review, wrote the department’s ABET … Continue reading Department of Aerospace Engineering continues successful ABET certification

New senior design curriculum focuses on UAV development

Travis Grager, associate teaching professor of Aerospace Engineering, spends many of his days teaching Iowa State students how to design, test, manufacture and fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Before becoming a professor, Grager was a graduate student at Iowa State. After completing his graduate degree he went to work at Physical Sciences, Inc., a research … Continue reading New senior design curriculum focuses on UAV development

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