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About Kristen P. Constant

Constant, a native of Osceola, Iowa, received her bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering from Iowa State in 1986. She holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Constant also served as a laboratory graduate at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. She is an author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, has delivered numerous presentations, and holds three patents. Constant’s research efforts are focused in the area of photonic materials fabrication – finding more effective and efficient ways to create novel crystal nanostructures for optical and energy applications. Materials engineers study the relationship between the properties of materials and their internal structure, and work to improve the products we use every day. Commonly studied materials include polymers, ceramics, electronics and metals. Iowa State’s materials science program is also closely aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Positions

Present Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, Iowa State University
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Present Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Honors and Awards

  • Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, 2012
  • Women Impacting ISU Recipient, 2008
  • Nominated by Interfraternity Council for Professor of the Year, 2007
  • WELI (Women in Engineering Leadership Institute) Selected Program Participant 2005
  • MSE Excellence in Teaching Award, April 2004
  • Administrative Internship Program with the Office of the Provost, Jun 04- Aug 05
  • SLIC (Shared Leadership for Institutional Change) Selected Program Participant 2000
  • ISU Engineering College Advisor of the Year Award, 2000
  • Wakonse (Teaching Excellence – Conference on College Teaching) Fellow Award, 1998
  • Engineering Student Council Outstanding Engineering Professor for MSE, 1997
  • ISU University Foundation Award for Early Achievement in Teaching, 1997
  • Engineering Student Council Outstanding Engineering Professor for MSE, 1996

Courses


Contact Information

2240F Hoover
528 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-2300
Phone: 515-294-3337
Fax: 515-294-5444

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Peer-Reviewed Articles (17)

Conference Proceedings (10)