List of Iowa State University people
This list includes notable alumni, non-matriculating, faculty, and staff of what is now Iowa State University.
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- Robert L. Bartley, BA 1959 – recipient of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing; editor of Wall Street Journal opinion page, vice-president of Dow Jones & Company
- Ted Kooser, BS 1962 – U.S. Poet Laureate and recipient of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
- Aureliano Brandolini, Italian agronomist and development cooperation scholar
- Henry Otley Beyer, father of Philippine anthropology and ethnology
- William R. Brinkley, Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
- David P. Campbell, creator of Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory
- Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University
- James Lorraine Geddes, American Civil War general; Acting University President in 1875–77.
- Niels Ebbesen Hansen, Head of the Horticultural Department at South Dakota State University
- JoAnne L. Hewett, theoretical particle physicist on the faculty of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- Harold Hume, noted horticulturalist and president of the University of Florida
- Leonard Klinck, second president of the University of British Columbia
- Charles Boynton Knapp, BS 1968, President of the University of Georgia (1987-1997)
- Samuel Massie, science educator, first African American to teach at the U.S. Naval Academy
- James L. Oblinger, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
- Frederick Douglas Patterson, president of Tuskegee Institute and founder of the United Negro College Fund
- Roy Vernon Scott, historian of agriculture and railroads, Professor emeritus at Mississippi State University.
- Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University, former Director of National Science Foundation, former MIT Dean of Engineering
- Edward M. Walsh Founder of the University of Limerick
- Earl G. Yarbrough, current president of Savannah State University
- Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, President and CEO, Dow Corning, winner of 2011 International Palladium Medal
- Vance D. Coffman, retired Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin, Member of National Academy of Engineering
- Charles W. "Chuck" Durham, founder of global architecture and engineering firm HDR, Inc. and noted philanthropist.
- Ed Droste, CEO and founder of Provident Management Corporation, cofounder of Hooters Restaurants
- Roswell Garst, established one of the world’s leading seed corn companies; hosted Nikita Khrushchev on his farm in 1959
- Porter Jarvis (1902-1991), President, then Chairman of Swift & Company, 1955-1967
- Jerry Junkins, Chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments
- Antti Herlin, fourth chairman of the Board of KONE Corporation; richest man in Finland
- Shawne Kleckner, founder and owner of The Right Stuf International
- Murray Joslin, pioneer on nuclear energy, vice-president of Commonwealth Edison
- Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing Company
- Bruce Roth, inventor of Lipitor; Vice President of Chemistry, Pfizer
- Russell Stover, founder of Russell Stover Candies (attended year and a half but did not graduate)
- Sehat Sutardja, co-founder and CEO of Marvell Technology Group
- Thornton Wilson, former chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing Company
Government and politics
Presidents and vice-presidents
- Parviz Davoodi, First Vice President of Iran
- Lee Teng-hui, former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Henry Agard Wallace, Vice President of the United States and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred
- John Garang, former commander of SPLA and former vice president of Sudan
Executive council members
- Luis Ernesto Derbez, former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Secretary of Economics
- Lauro Cavazos, former U.S. Secretary of Education
- Ezra Taft Benson, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and 13th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Steven VanRoekel, second Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States
- Henry C. Wallace, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1921–1924
- James Wilson, professor who later became United States Secretary of Agriculture
- Berkley Bedell, United States Representative from Iowa's 6th congressional district (1975-1987)
- Bruce Braley, United States Representative from Iowa's 1st congressional district (2007-2015)
- Joni Ernst, United States Senator from Iowa (Current), Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Iowa Army National Guard (1993-2015)
- Tom Harkin, United States Senator from Iowa (1985-2015), author of Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
- Tom Latham, United States Representative from Iowa's 4th congressional district (current)
- Dave Loebsack, United States Representative from Iowa's 2nd congressional district (current)
- Elaine Szymoniak, Iowa State Senator (1988-2000)
- Garrey Carruthers, Governor of New Mexico (1987–1991); President and CEO of Cimarron Health Plan
- Bourke B. Hickenlooper, Governor of Iowa (1943–1944) and longtime U.S. Senator (1945–1969)
- John Edward Jones (governor), eighth Governor of Nevada
- Sally Pederson, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa
- Charles Manatt, former chair of Democratic National Committee, former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic
- Dan Mozena US Ambassador to Angola
- Carrie Chapman Catt, leader of women's suffrage movement and founder of the League of Women Voters
- Frank J. Christensen, American Labor Leader
- Vine Deloria, Jr., Native American rights leader and author
- Spencer Haven, BS 1890– Attorney General of Wisconsin (1918-1919)
- Jon Lindgren Mayor of Fargo, North Dakota, 1978-1994 and pioneering LGBT supporter.
- Thomas Harris MacDonald, BS 1904 – led the development of the Interstate Highway System.
- Elwood Mead, PhD 1883 – Commissioner of U.S. Bureau of Reclamation during construction of the Hoover Dam, namesake of Lake Mead
- Bill Northey, BA 1981 – Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa
- Trudy Huskamp Peterson, BS 1967 – Archivist of the United States (1993–1995)
- Robert W. Sennewald, BA 1951 – Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command
- Scott Stanzel, BA 1995 - deputy press secretary at the White House in the George W. Bush administration
- Anthony Worth, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
- Terry A. Anderson, BA 1974 – former Middle East Bureau Chief, The Associated Press
- Helen Derr, BA – journalist
- Arendo Joustra, attended Graduate School, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1979-1980 – Dutch writer and editor in chief Elsevier
- Robert E. Kowalski, BA 1966, MS 197 7 – best-selling medical author
- Sean McLaughlin, BA journalism – former Today Show weather anchor
- Christine Romans, BA 1993 – CNN Chief Business Correspondent
- Hugh Sidey, BS – journalist for Life and Time magazines
- Mallory Snyder, (attended) – Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, actress, MTV's The Real World
- Carol Wilson BA, operatic soprano
Science and technology
- Clayton Anderson, MS 1983 – NASA astronaut; first Iowa Stater in space
- Dale A. Anderson, MS 1959, PhD 1964 – pioneer in the field of computational fluid dynamics
- Steve Bales, BS 1964 – Director, Space Operations Management Office at NASA; known for the Apollo 11 landing
- Clifford E. Berry, BS 1939, MS 1941, PhD 1948– co-developer of the first electronic digital computer (see Atanasoff–Berry Computer)
- Griffith Buck, BS 1948, MS 1949, Ph.D. 1953 – professor of horticulture; developed nearly 100 new varieties of roses
- Albert Turner Bharucha-Reid, mathematician, probability and Markov chain theorist
- Arthur E. Bryson, Jr., the "father of modern optimal control theory"
- George Washington Carver, BS 1894, MS 1896– first African-American student and faculty member; plant scientist
- Clarence Chamberlin (attended), aviation pioneer
- Nancy Cox BS 1970 – American virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006 U.S. Federal Employee of the Year; one of the 2006 Time 100
- Lawrence F. Dahl, Ph.D. 1956 – professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
- Bob O. Evans, BS 1951 – computer pioneer and National Medal of Technology recipient
- Velmer A. Fassel, PhD 1947 – creator of inductively coupled plasma for mass spectrometry
- Wayne Fuller, B.S. 1955, M.S.1957, Ph.D. 1959 – statistician
- Lyle Goodhue, B.S. 1928, M.S. 1929, Ph.D. 1934 - scientist and inventor
- John Gustafson, MS 1981, PhD 1982 – inventor of Gustafson's law of parallel computing
- Darleane C. Hoffman, BS 1948—nuclear chemist, part of the team that discovered Seaborgium
- Sadanand Joshi, PhD 1980 – pioneer in horizontal well technology
- Edward F. Knipling, PhD 1947 – noted entomologist and World Food Prize winner
- Mark Mattson, BS 1979 - prominent neuroscientist.
- Rose Marie Pangborn, MS – noted sensory scientist
- Emil Steinberger, MD 1955 - endocrinologist, founding president of the American Society of Andrology
- G. Malcolm Trout, BS 1923, MS 1924 – noted food scientist and creator of homogenized milk
- Tom M. Whitney, BS 1961, MS 1962, PhD 1964 – co-inventor of the first handheld calculator able to perform trigonometry, and former executive vice-president of engineering at Apple Inc.
- Mike Busch, former Major League Baseball player
- Mike Myers, Major League Baseball player
- Jim Walewander, former Major League Baseball player
- Zaid Abdul-Aziz (born Donald A. Smith), NBA player
- Victor Alexander, NBA player
- Bill Cain, NBA player
- Kelvin Cato, former NBA player
- Marcus Fizer, NBA player
- Jeff Grayer, NBA player
- Fred Hoiberg, former NBA player and current NBA head coach, Chicago Bulls
- Jeff Hornacek, former NBA all-star and current NBA head coach, New York Knicks
- Wes Johnson (Played two years for Iowa State prior to transferring to Syracuse ), NBA player
- Loren Meyer, retired American professional basketball player
- Paul Shirley, NBA player
- Barry Stevens, NBA player
- Jamaal Tinsley, NBA player
- Jackson Vroman, NBA player
- Will Blalock, NBA player
- Dedric Willoughby, NBA player
- Georges Niang, NBA player
- Chris Anthony, wide receiver for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League
- David Archer, NFL player
- Chris Ash, Defensive Backs Coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team
- Tony Baker, NFL player
- Matt Blair, NFL player
- Joe Beauchamp, NFL player
- Carl Brettschneider, NFL player
- Stan Campbell, NFL player
- Jordan Carstens, NFL player
- Pat Curran, NFL player
- John Cooper, football captain and MVP and later head football coach at Ohio State
- Jim Doran, former NFL player for the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. MVP NFL 1953 Championship Game Played on 51,53 and 57 Championship Teams. 1960 Pro Bowler.
- Troy Davis, NFL player
- Tim Dobbins, NFL player
- Dennis Gibson, NFL player
- Kelly Goodburn, NFL player
- Weylan Harding, Arena Football League head coach and former player
- Reggie Hayward, NFL player
- Ennis Haywood, NFL player
- LaMarcus Hicks, NFL player
- Ellis Hobbs, NFL player
- Keith Krepfle, NFL player
- J.J. Moses, NFL player
- Kelechi Osemele, NFL player, Super Bowl XLVII champion
- Charles Partridge, Defensive Line and Specialists Coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team
- James Reed, NFL player
- Bruce Reimers, NFL player
- Darius Reynolds, Arena Football League player
- Marcus Robertson, NFL player
- Sage Rosenfels, NFL player
- Oliver Ross, NFL player
- Keith Sims, NFL player
- Mike Stensrud, NFL player
- Jack Trice, football player and pioneer for minorities in sports, died of injuries sustained in a football game
- Tom Vaughn, NFL player
- Seneca Wallace, NFL player
- Chuck Walton, NFL & CFL player
- Chris Washington, NFL player
- Tom Watkins, NFL player
- Don Webb, NFL player
- Gene Williams, NFL player
- Tony Yelk, NFL player
Mixed martial arts
- Mike Van Arsdale - 1988 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Champion; current MMA coach
- Justin Eilers - collegiate Football player; retired professional MMA fighter
- Glen Brand, 3x All-American wrestler; 1948 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist in freestyle wrestling
- Dan Gable, Lost only one collegiate wrestling match; 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1971 World Wrestling Champion, became top wrestling coach in the country at the University of Iowa
- Kevin Jackson, 1992 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Champion, former mixed martial artist, current head coach for ISU Cyclone Wrestling
- Nawal El Moutawakel, first African woman and first Muslim woman to earn Olympic gold
- Ben Peterson, 2x NCAA Champion wrestler at Iowa State; 1972 & 1976 Olympic Gold and Silver medalist respectfully
- Cael Sanderson, 4x NCAA undefeated wrestling champion (159-0) and 2004 Summer Olympics gold medalist, head coach of the Penn State wrestling team
- Jake Varner, 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist
- Yobes Ondieki, 10000-meter world record-holder, 1993.
- Lisa Uhl,four-time NCAA Division One champion, current NCAA record holder in the 10,000 meters
- Darryl Peterson, NCAA all American and former professional wrestler
- Trevor Smith, ISU wrestler; professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Middleweight Division
- Justin Wren (attended), originally had a wrestling scholarship but had an injury, professional fighter currently for Bellator MMA
- Pete Kostelnick, 2015 1st Place Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, 23hr 27min 10sec
Notable faculty and staff
- Dan Shechtman, ( 2011, Nobel Prize in Chemistry), for '"'the discovery of quasicrystals"
- Theodore Schultz, (1979, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics), for "pioneering research into economic development research with particular consideration of the problems of developing countries""
- Leonid Hurwicz, (2007, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics), for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory
- George Stigler, (1982, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics), for his contribution on capture theory
Science and technology
- John Vincent Atanasoff (see also Atanasoff–Berry Computer), inventor of the first electronic digital computer
- James Millikin Bevans, U.S. Air Force Major General
- L. K. Doraiswamy, Chemical engineer, proponent of Organic synthesis engineering and Padma Bhushan winner
- Wayne Arthur Fuller, statistician noted for his textbooks on econometrics and survey sampling
- Henry Gilman, known as the "father of organometallic chemistry"
- Oscar Kempthorne, Distinguished Professor of Science and Humanities at Iowa State University
- Jay L. Lush, pioneer of modern animal breeding
- Allan Mackintosh, noted solid-state physicist, director of Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Elsa Murano, former Iowa State University assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Preventative Medicine; 23rd President of Texas A&M University
- George W. Snedecor, statistician and pioneer of modern applied statistics in the U.S., namesake of Snedecor Award
- Frank Spedding, noted Ames Laboratory chemist, namesake of Spedding Prize
- J. (Hans) van Leeuwen, Vlasta Klima Balloun professor and 2009 R&D Innovator of the Year, developer of MycoMeal fungal feed and purified alcohol
- John B. Balinsky, biochemist, physiologist, Chair of zoology
- Charlotte H. Bruner, scholar and translator of African women's literature
- Fern Kupfer, novelist
- Christian Petersen, sculptor, whose works appear around campus
- Larry Eustachy, former men's basketball coach, 2000 NCAA National Coach of the Year
- Tim Floyd, former men's basketball coach with 81–49 record and first coach with three consecutive 20-win seasons.
- Johnny Orr, the most successful coach in Iowa State and Michigan men's basketball history
- Mack Brown, head coach at University of Texas (at Iowa State 1979–1982)
- Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, former coach at University of Southern California (at Iowa State 1978)
- Tom Herman, head coach at University of Texas (at Iowa State 2009–2011)
- Johnny Majors, renowned football head coach (at Iowa State 1968–1972)
- Yong Chin Pak, Grandmaster, instructs taekwondo, hapkido, and judo
Presidents of Iowa State University
Main article: Presidents of Iowa State University
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