The Asteroid Deflection Research Center at Iowa State is conducting cutting edge research, and you can be a part of it. Besides having the opportunity to publish papers and proposals, you will gain first hand experience in the field of asteroid deflection. This relatively new field of astrodynamics may one day end up saving the earth from a cataclysmic asteroid impact, and gaining undergraduate or graduate research experience will look great on a résumé/vitae as well as providing you with invaluable knowledge and experiences.
Undergraduate Research Assistant – Currently, the ADRC has an opening for a Undergraduate Research Assistant. This student should be majoring in engineering, with an emphasis and passion for astrodynamics. Contact Professor Bong Wie for more information.
Classes to Take/Preparation
Ideally, a student interested in working in the ADRC, should be an Aerospace Engineering major, with an emphasis in Astrodynamics. Students should have taken AerE 261, 355, 331 and 351, at a minimum, and preferably would be in their junior year. A strong understanding of orbital mechanics, two-body motion, launch and re-entry dynamics, and 3-D rigid body dynamics are required. If you are interested, and would like more information on classes to take/projects to get involved with, please contact Professor Bong Wie.