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…]

AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins

AirPad, the Aerial Imaging Reconnaissance Program for Agricultural Development, will soon be able to reach a major milestone thanks to a significant gift from Rockwell Collins. The program is planning to design, build, and test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agricultural remote sensing in developing parts of the world. “We have started fabricating a concept model, and this [Continue Reading…]

Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers

David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery. Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the way through an ethanol plant, from storage to hammer mill to slurry tanks to jet cooker to liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, [Continue Reading…]

Local FIRST LEGO team wins Global Innovation Award

A prosthetic device created by a Girl Scout team from Ames and Gilbert―known as the “Flying Monkeys”―has earned the team the inaugural FIRST Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation. The Flying Monkeys will receive up to $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation toward patenting their invention, called the BOB-1. The team submitted [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend

After making it to the quarterfinals in last year’s RoboGames with their very first competition robot, the Iowa State Robotics Club’s BattleBots team worked even harder this year to improve the performance of their robots at the 2011 RoboGames’ Combat Robot competition in San Francisco, Calif., April 15-17. This year, the BattleBots team is taking [Continue Reading…]

NSF director wraps up campus visit (updated)

Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, delivered the inaugural Vlasta Klima Balloun Lecture on Friday, then crossed campus to receive the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Suresh, who earned his MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State, met with the media Thursday before holding a series of roundtable meetings with industry representatives and leaders [Continue Reading…]

Sritharan offers earthquake building design expertise in panel discussion

Sri Sritharan, the Wilson Engineering Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, was a panelist for a Science Center of Iowa Cafe Scientifique discussing the recent crisis in Japan. He focused his presentation on earthquake building design. The panel included Iowa scientists and emergency response specialists and covered the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. The [Continue Reading…]

Iowa FLL team makes strong impression at Prometheus Awards

The award-winning Iowa FIRST LEGO League team the Flying Monkeys recently gave a presentation at the Prometheus Awards about their BOB-1 hand device. The Prometheus Awards are Iowa’s largest and most prestigious awards devoted to promoting and celebrating the innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa. The Flying Monkeys presented to an audience of more than [Continue Reading…]

Engineers among undergraduates to showcase their research and creative expression (Updated)

More than 100 Iowa State University undergraduate students will share 87 research projects during the university’s fifth annual “Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression.” The symposium will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Memorial Union on the ISU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Topics range [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students win Student Activities Center awards

Veishea 2011 and the Student Activities Center had a recognition ceremony Tuesday to honor Iowa State’s outstanding leaders, faculty, and organizations. Winners associated with the College of Engineering include Brian Capesius, senior in mechanical engineering, a student leader recognized for hard work Katherine Ament, graduate in materials science and engineering, recognized with the Outstanding Student [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students hold outreach event

Iowa State engineering students introduced shoppers to the world of engineering Saturday at North Grand Mall, conducting experiments and explaining the processes. The College of Engineering holds its outreach event at North Grand Mall every year. This year’s objective was to provide the public with a fun look at science, with 15 clubs participating. Activities included making homemade [Continue Reading…]

ME Alumnus Will Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Subra Suresh is the current Director of NSF and a former Dean at MIT and will be honored with an ISU Distinguished Alumni Award. Subra will be recognized at the 2011 Distinguished Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 15th at 1:30 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. All are invited to attend [Continue Reading…]

ME student is 2011 Goldwater Scholar

Two Iowa State University students have been named Goldwater Scholars and a third student received an honorable mention in the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship award in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholars are Chloe Dedic, a mechanical engineering major from Mason City, and Nathaniel Looker, a global resource systems and agronomy major from [Continue Reading…]

Hear Astronaut Clayton Anderson talk about his experiences in space

An Iowa Stater talks about his life in space Clayton Anderson, who earned a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983, joked during a recent WOI Radio interview about the ease of flying to work aboard the International Space Station. Anderson spent nearly five months aboard the station working as the Expedition [Continue Reading…]