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12-31-07

Adam Roland, a senior studying aerospace
engineering, builds a model of a flying rod for The History Channel's

Adam Roland, an Iowa State senior from Grand Island, Neb., who's studying aerospace engineering, builds a model "flying rod" in an Iowa State laboratory. Tom Phillips, a producer with amovie company inc., records the process for The History Channel's "Monsterquest" series. The story follows a team of Iowa State faculty and students as they do wind tunnel tests of their models of the rods that sometimes show up on videotape. Photo by Bob Elbert.

Iowa State engineers on the History Channel

Iowa State engineers on The History Channel

The History Channel's "Monsterquest" series will feature an Iowa State engineering team on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 9 p.m. Central. Cameras follow aerospace engineering students Hirofumi Igarashi, Jack Lin and Adam Roland as they test models of "flying rods" in an Iowa State wind tunnel. The rods sometimes appear on video footage and some people consider them mysterious, high-speed flying creatures that can't be seen with the naked eye. Hui Hu, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering, led the students' work in the lab. Tom Shih, professor and chair of aerospace engineering, was also interviewed for the show.