Jackie Kester – Academic Adviser

Office: 2609 Howe Hall
Office Phone: 515-294-2787
Email: jjkester@iastate.edu
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Jackie joined the department in August, 2014.

I have worked in the College of Engineering at ISU since 2010. My first position was as an office assistant for the M S E department before transitioning to coordinating the M S E graduate programs.  I moved to Aer E in 2014 to coordinate the graduate programs for our department, and transitioned to working as an adviser with undergraduate students in 2016.


  • I have lived in Ames since 1989, and completed all three of my degrees from ISU.
  • I learned to knit when I joined the Aer E department in 2014, and have fallen in love with the craft. You can find me knitting at just about any time – over the lunch hour, on the bus, at a movie…
  • My family is obsessed with board games. We are constantly playing our favorite games and love trying out new ones.
  • I love to travel. Aside from knitting and board games, travelling and experiencing new cultures is my favorite pass time.  I am a strong advocate for study abroad and love helping students to plan their study abroad experiences.
  • I did not utilize my academic advisers enough as a student. I had a long road to discovering what path I wanted to take for my career, and my hope is that I can help others to discover their own path in a more direct way than I did, or at least to help make their academic journey a bit smoother and easier.

Jackie Kester at StonehengeJackie Kester in front of stone wall

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