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About Frank E. Peters

Manufacturing system and process improvements is the common theme of Dr. Frank Peters’ research work. He has worked with a variety of industries to develop solutions to improve quality and deliverability. Specific examples in the metalcasting field include heat treatment control and optimization, rapid patternmaking, decreasing product variability, and reducing the measurement error associated with visual inspection. Recent work in the wind energy industry includes semi-automated fabric layup for wind turbine blades. Other areas of interest include dimensional variability of products, metrology and fixturing.


Present Associate Chair for Operations, Iowa State University
Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • Iowa State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department – Don Grant Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education  2009 (inaugural award winner) & 2013
  • Iowa State University, College of Engineering – Superior Engineering Teacher Award 2012
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers - Innovations in Curriculum Award, 2010 – for the Sales Engineering Program, with Sly and Bumblauskas.


  • IE 222x - Design & Analysis Methods for System Improvements
  • IE 348 - Solidification Processes
  • IE 446 /546 – Geometric Variability in Manufacturing
  • IE 543x – Wind Energy Manufacturing

Contact Information

3024 Black Engr
2529 Union Dr
Ames, IA 50011-2030
Phone: 515-294-3855
Fax: 515-294-3524


Peer-Reviewed Articles (18)

Conference Proceedings (12)