Affiliated Centers, Institutes, and Laboratories

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Ames Laboratory

The Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For over 65 years, the Ames Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university. Read more


Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute’s Thermochemical Research Program seeks to promote, develop, and demonstrate thermochemical technologies (using heat, pressure, and catalysts) for the production of fuels, chemicals, and power from biomass and fossil fuels. This program, formerly known as the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, is a core research program at BEI. Read more


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Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

NDE plays an important role in ensuring the safe use of engineered systems ranging from offshore oil facilities miles below the sea, to bridges and roadways we drive on every day, to planes that carry both the public and defense personnel. CNDE has a long history of working with industry to provide cost-effective tools and solutions which address relevant problems for a variety of industrial sectors which include: Aerospace (commercial and military aviation) and Defense Systems (ground vehicles and personnel protection); Energy (nuclear, wind, fossil); Infrastructure and Transportation (bridges, roadways, dams, levees); and Petro-Chemical (offshore, processing, fuel transport piping). Read more


The Undergraduate Resource Hub

The Undergraduate Resource Hub is a resource sharing partnership between the College of Engineering and the College of Design. The Resource Hub was created with the purpose of facilitating the sharing of shop and lab resources between member departments, colleges and across campus. This is accomplished by centralizing the student training materials, safety training records and shop equipment through the Resource Hub website. Read more


Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

The C6 is a three-dimensional, fully immersive synthetic environment. It is a 10 ft x 10 ft x 10 ft room where all four walls, the floor and the ceiling are projection screens. Illuminated by 100 million pixels, VRAC’s C6 displays over 16.7 million pixels per wall (4096×4096). Forty-eight dual-cpu workstations send images to 24 Sony SRX-S105 digital cinema projectors. Read more 


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Wind Simulation and Testing (WiST) Laboratory

The Wind Engineering and Experimental Aerodynamics (WEEA) Program at ISU focuses on the study of fluid-structure interaction problems that include, mainly the detrimental effects of wind on civil and mechanical structures, and the environment, and a wide range of aerospace-related research. Read more

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.

Aerospace Engineering Hours

  • Office, 1200 Howe: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • 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