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Benjamin Ahn

  • Assistant Professor

Main Office

2249 Howe Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2271
Phone: 515-294-6491


  • Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of New South Wales

Interest Areas

  • Engineering education
  • Assessment development
  • Student-centered pedagogy


Benjamin’s research focuses on improving engineering undergraduate education in classrooms and research settings. Specifically, his research interests include

  • integrating student-centered pedagogy and technology in engineering mechanic and aerospace engineering classrooms and assessing the effect of such integration on student learning,
  • designing effective summer or year-long undergraduate research (UR) experiences,
  • assessing the development of undergraduates’ research skills, and
  • examining the roles of graduate student and postdoctoral research mentors in UR settings.
  • developing and examining engineering students’ leadership skills during their undergraduate years.

Brief Biography

Benjamin obtained a B.E. in Aerospace from the University of New South Wales (Australia), an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education, also from Purdue University. Prior to joining Iowa State University, he was a postdoctoral associate for the MIT-SUTD Collaboration at MIT.

Selected Publications

  • Saulnier, C. R., Ahn, B., Bagiati, A., & Brisson, J. G. (2015). Leadership development through design based wilderness education. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy, 5(1), 47-56.
  • Ahn, B., Cox, M. F., London, J., Cekic, O., & Zhu, J. (2014). Creating an instrument to measure leadership, change, and synthesis in engineering undergraduate. Journal of Engineering Education, 103(1), 115-136.
  • Ahn, B., Cox, M. F., Zephirin, T., Taylor, K., Osagiede, A., Haller, Y., Groll, E., & Adams, S. G. (2014). Designing courses using case studies and content, assessment, and pedagogy to cultivate professional skills among engineering students. International Journal of Engineering Education, 30(6B), 1621-1635.
  • Ahn, B., Cox, M. F., Diefes-Dux, H., & Capobianco, B. (2013, June). Examining the skills and methods of graduate student mentors in an undergraduate research setting. 120th American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Ferguson, D. M., Cawthorne, J. E., Ahn, B., & Ohland, M. W. (2013). Engineering innovativeness. Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, 4(1), 1-17.
  • Ahn, B., Ismailov, M., & Heister, S. D. (2012). Experimental study swirl injector dynamic response using a hydro-mechanical pulsator. Journal of Propulsion and Power, 28(3), 585-595.

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