Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability

PEGASAS-LogoThe Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation.  The mission of PEGASAS is to enhance general aviation safety, accessibility, and sustainability by partnering the FAA with a national network of world-class researchers, educators and industry leaders.  Iowa State University is one of the core universities participating in the center.  Please visit the PEGASAS website for more information.

Institute for Transportation (InTrans)

This Institute is a focal point at ISU for efforts to promote transportation education, research and extension activities.  It includes 8 centers and 4 programs that address various aspects of transportation infrastructure .  Programs and activities at In Trans address policy, planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance aspects of transportation systems with a focus on surface transportation elements.  Topic areas include earthworks, materials, pavements, bridges, traffic engineering, safety, applications of information systems, asset management, weather implications for transportation, remote sensing, knowledge transfer, and outreach.  Efforts by researchers at In Trans and their partners relate to developing innovative methods, materials, strategies and technologies as well as codes, specifications, and standards, for improving transportation system durability, efficiency, reliability, safety and sustainability.  In addition, a key focus is to enhance the educational experience and training of students in transportation-related fields.  As a dedicated, independent, and multidisciplinary home for about 200 students, professional staff, and faculty, all interested in the study of transportation, In Trans serves a transportation learning community.  In Trans is also home to the interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Transportation, an interdisciplinary degree with supporting academic programs in the Colleges of Engineering, Design, and Business.

Website URL: http://www.intrans.iastate.edu/

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) develops noninvasive methods and instruments for assessing the integrity of structures and materials.  The Center’s mission is to pursue research that defines underlying principles of nondestructive evaluation technologies and to transfer those technologies to industry, promoting the integration of nondestructive evaluation with other disciplines so that a product’s lifetime reliability is enhanced.  Research areas include ultrasonic techniques, electromagnetic techniques (including microwave and terahertz), thermal techniques (including vibrothermography), radiographic techniques, magnetic techniques, dye penetrant techniques, signal processing, embedded sensors, probability of detection, and integration with structural health monitoring.  NDE techniques are developed for flaw detection and characterization as well as material property characterization.  Applications to all materials systems, metals, ceramics and composites are under investigation.  This work is performed in collaboration with a large number of industrial and academic partners in the U.S. and, increasingly, abroad.  CNDE’s outputs include improved understanding of inspection physics, new inspection concepts, prototype instrumentation, simulation software and a variety of educational offerings.  Among the latter are an emerging program in NDE distance education and the development of a web-based focal point for technical education in NDE under the support of NSF.  The Center seeks other areas that can benefit from NDE applications, such as agricultural, animal science, and biomedical areas.  CNDE is the site of one of NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, which conducts generic, pre-competitive research for about 20 industrial and government sponsors.  The work of CNDE also includes major programs sponsored by AFRL (Quantitative Inspection Technology) and ARL (NDE of Multi-Utility Materials) and is closely coupled to that of the FAA sponsored Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence.  CNDE is a center of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, a network of research and technology-transfer centers and industrial-outreach programs at Iowa State University.

Website URL: http://www.cnde.iastate.edu

Bridge Engineering Center

bridge-engr-centerThe Bridge Engineering Center at Iowa State University was established in 1988. The center’s mission is to conduct research on bridge technologies to help bridge designers/owners, particularly the Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Bridges and Structures, design, build, and maintain long-lasting bridges.

Website URL: http://www.bec.iastate.edu