Archives for April 2011

Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua

While most students were lounging in the sun and taking a rest on spring break, three agricultural engineering (AgE) seniors were busy working with local Nicaraguans to provide a fruit preservation method for their community. Kristine Gleason, Alyse Herr, and Nicole Stoll partnered with EOS International to travel to Nicaragua and design and test a [Continue Reading…]

FLiE float is first in Veishea parade

This year’s 2011 Veishea parade float created by Freshman Leaders in Engineering (FLiE) received 1st place in the non-traditional float category. See the list of parade winners. Check out more pictures of the float and other college Veishea events.

AGC completes 2,700 hours of service work over spring break

Students in construction engineering aren’t strangers to framing floors and walls, installing drywall, insulation, and siding, or constructing cabinets and fences. Since 2006, they have spent their spring breaks putting these skills to work for neighbors in need. From March 11 to March 19, 2011, 40 members of the Iowa State University Associated General Contractors [Continue Reading…]

Harding to appear on the Discovery Channel

Margaret Harding (NucE’81) will be featured on the Discovery Channel’s show “Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis.” The show will run April 28, at 10:00 p.m.; April 29, at 1:00 a.m.; and May 11, at 11:00 a.m. The program will provide a comprehensive timeline of the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered a nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, [Continue Reading…]

Steel Bridge Team advances to national competition

Success is nothing new to the ISU Steel Bridge Team. After placing third at the Midwest North Conference Regionals in March, the team will advance to compete in the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in College Station, Texas. Read the full story.

ECpE student featured on Planetary Radio

Rick Hanton, the chair of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) USA, was recently featured on the Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio. He discussed what organization does and how other students can join them. Hanton is a senior in ECpE.

Roling named student marshal

Luke Roling, senior in chemical engineering, will be leading the engineering class as it enters Iowa State’s graduation commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011, after being selected as this semester’s College of Engineering student marshal. His faculty escort will be Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Eric Cochran. Roling will be receiving degrees in [Continue Reading…]

Gschneidner named MRS Fellow

Karl Gschneidner’s passion for research in rare earth metals is as strong now as it was nearly 60 years ago when he began working with these materials. He says it’s exciting science that allows him to make new discoveries often, with each finding enticing him to come back to see what the next day will [Continue Reading…]

NSF Director Visits Campus, Gives Lecture

NSF Director Subra Suresh visited the ISU campus on April 15th to give a lecture and accept an ISU Distinguished Alumni Award. Read the full release. Watch Dr. Suresh’s lecture.

Solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indy 500

Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car racing team, will be back on track in early May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix is part of the speedway’s Emerging Tech Day, a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Read the full story from ISU News Service Read [Continue Reading…]

FIRST LEGO team coach wins volunteer award

On April 18, 2011, construction engineering alumnus Claire Bassett received an Outstanding College Volunteer award during the Story County Youth Volunteer Awards. One of her volunteer activities included being a coach for the Flying Monkeys, a local FIRST LEGO team who won the inaugural Global Innovation Award. The Volunteer Center of Story County and Iowa State University [Continue Reading…]

Engineering sales program brings industry perspective to students

Introducing engineering students to a less traditional career path, Iowa State’s program in technical sales quickly evolved from the industrial engineering department having two courses in the subject to an increasingly popular minor and strong student organization. The program in technical sales offers engineering students the opportunity to learn about sales techniques and strategies, as [Continue Reading…]