Faculty Research Laboratories


Advanced Flow Diagnostics and Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory

The Advanced Flow Diagnostic and Experimental Aerodynamics Laboratory focuses on research in icing physics, aircraft icing, power line icing and wind turbine icing, wind energy, wind turbine aeromechanics and wake interference, bio-inspired flows, bio-inspired designs for micro-air-vehicle (MAV) applications, low-speed aerodynamics, laminar boundary layer separation, transition and flow control, vortex flow dynamics, wind tunnel testing and correction for vortex flows, film cooling, electronic cooling and thermal management of gas turbine blades, microfluidics, micro-flows and micro-scale heat transfer, tornados, storms and flow-structure interactions of built structures with strong winds. Read more

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Asteroid Deflection Research Collaboration

The Asteroid Deflection Research Collaboration (ADRC) was established on the Iowa State campus in April 2008 to bring researchers from around the world to develop asteroid deflection technologies. The ADRC plans to develop an integrated multidisciplinary research and development program for asteroid deflection/fragmentation using high-energy as well as low-energy options. Read more


Ran Dai's Lab

Automation and Optimization Lab

Vicon camera system to capture the motion of mobile robots in a volume of 14x30x12 ft. The ground robots have embedded wireless antenna communicates with up to 16 mobile robots within a range of 4000 feet at 250Kbps, integrated JPEG color camera. Read more



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Multidisciplinary Optimization and Design Engineering Laboratory (MODEL)

Multidisciplinary Optimization and Design Engineering Laboratory (MODEL) focuses on three key research areas. The first emphasizes the use of heuristic optimization strategies coupled with multi-scale human decision-making modeling to simulate and visualize multi-scale and multi-mode evacuation. The second key area pertains to development of cyberinfrastructure technologies to visualize n-Dimensional data in lossless and intuitive reduced dimensions. The third research effort focuses on the development of optimization methods for large-scale complex systems, such as are found in MDO applications. A part of this effort involves establishment of an MDO Test Suite for method validation. Read more

Temporal Logic in Aerospace

The Laboratory for Temporal Logic in Aerospace advances formal methods for scalable, automated analysis of state-of-the-art aerospace systems, such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), satellites, rovers, glass cockpits, and other robotic and autonomous systems. The lab is devoted to making fundamental contributions to enabling autonomy, and ensuring safety via rigorous, automated, mathematical proofs, integrated into the system design process from from design-time to runtime system health management. Our challenge is to shape both the future of formal methods, and our ability to more automatically verify and validate autonomous systems of greater variety and scale. We seek the answers to questions such as: “What should our roadmap look like for a future full of well-specified, formally analyzable, critical systems?” Read more


Thermography Research Group

Thermography research group at Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and Department of Aerospace Engineering. Our goal is to advance the state-of-the-art in thermographic nondestructive testing through basic scientific research. Our primary current efforts are focused around vibrothermographic nondestructive testing. Vibrothermography, also known as “thermosonic”, “sonic infrared”, and “Sonic IR”, involves exciting a specimen with vibration and looking for heat generated at cracks. Read more


Turbulence Simulation and Modeling Laboratory

Our lab is engaged in developing state of the art predictive models for transitional and turbulent flows, several of which have been implemented in commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) suites. Current research projects in this domain fall in Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) and detached eddy simulations (DES) regimes. Read more

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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.