Ryan Patrick McGehee


Assistant Professor [A&BE]

Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow


4352 Elings Hall
605 Bissell Road
Ames, IA, 50011


Core Research Objective:
                Reliably Inform the optimal
                     Management and Conservation of the
                          Earth’s Natural Resources through the
                               Development and Validation of
                                    Computational Models
Graduate Student Applications:
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate education with my research group, there are a few things you should know.
  1. I am currently only accepting students who are matched with a current research project.
  2. All accepted students will receive a full assistantship (0.5 FTE) both M.S. and Ph.D. students.
  3. I am currently only accepting students who are pursuing Ph.D. degrees.
  4. Competitive Ph.D. candidates will either:
    • already have or are soon to receive an M.S. degree in the same or a similar engineering field (non-thesis M.Eng degrees can be considered comparable but may need industry experience to be competitive with thesis option degrees)
    • possess exceptional experience in addition to a B.S. degree in the same or a similar engineering field; relevant experience could include:
      • software / application development
      • consulting engineering projects
      • industry / research experience
If you meet the above qualifications and would like to apply for a graduate research position, please complete each of the following:
  1. Email me at rmcgehee@iastate.edu with the following subject line:
    • <First and Last Name> Graduate Research Application
    • For example, mine would be, “Ryan McGehee Graduate Research Application”
    • Failure to use the exact same spelling and capitalization can result in the application being lost, so please be careful.
  2. Include in your email all of the following (in a single .pdf document):
    • A well-organized, academic CV
    • A well-organized summary list of courses taken (not a transcript)
    • A well-written (two-page maximum) answer to the following questions:
      • Why do you want to join this research group?
      • What technical skills do you have that will make you a successful researcher?
      • What personal skills do you have that will make you a successful student?
      • What are your short- and long-term research and career interests?





To keep from having to update this page regularly, I have provided links to my personal Scholar and ORCID profile pages. If you wish to see my most recent work, I suggest using Google Scholar and sorting by year rather than citations.

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Primary Strategic Research Area

Resilient Infrastructures