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The Iowa Technology Institute, founded in 1981 as the Center for Computer-Aided Design, is a world-class research hub at the University of Iowa. Grounded in engineering and science, ITI cultivates collaboration across disciplines, invents advanced technologies, and conducts trailblazing basic and applied research in design, simulation, and experimentation that enables a safer and more productive future.

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The University of Iowa's Operator Performance Lab, directed by Dr. Tom "Mach" Schnell, is a flight testing laboratory with a fleet of jets, helicopters, Humvees, and UAVs. 

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Xuan Song Lab

Xuan Song receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

Xuan Song, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering, is studying the use of water-based ink to fuse ceramic particles in the additive manufacturing process. The award will help advance novel ceramic manufacturing methods

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Ed Sander

Ed Sander named Wheeler Faculty Fellow in Engineering

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Ed Sander, University of Iowa associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of graduate studies, has received the Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellowship in Engineering.
Salam Rahmatalla

UI engineering faculty members license inventions

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Salam Rahmatalla is one of two University of Iowa College of Engineering faculty members whose inventions have recently been licensed for commercial use.
Tom Schnell

Flyover State: Iowa Engineers Set Their Sights on the Future of Aviation

Thursday, March 9, 2023
Tom Schnell, an associate director for the UI’s Iowa Technology Institute and the Captain Jim “Max” Gross Chair in the UI College of Engineering, is the founder of the Operator Performance Laboratory. Since arriving in Iowa City 25 years ago this spring, Schnell has built the OPL into a nationally trusted aviation research hub.

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