Alumnus elected NCEES president-elect, promotes professional engineering licensure

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Civil engineering alumnus Mike Conzett (BSCE’76, MSCE’78) brings more than 35 years of experience to lead the nation’s top group for engineering licensure. Conzett was elected president-elect of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the NCEES 2014 Annual Meeting in August. He has been actively involved in NCEES since 2004, [Continue Reading...]

Dalal named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

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Vikram Dalal, Thomas Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) was named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor by Iowa State Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert in a ceremony on Sept. 22. Dalal, who has directed the MRC since 1999, has been working in the solar energy [Continue Reading...]

ISU dedicates Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

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More than 450 people attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “I’m pleased to dedicate Elings and Sukup halls as the anchors of our beautiful Biorenewables Complex,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “They [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading...]

Pursuit of higher education leads Shan Hu to ISU

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Shan Hu left her home country and flew across the world in pursuit of higher education. Her journey has landed her in Iowa where she hopes to share her expertise and experiences with students at Iowa State University. Hu grew up watching her father, who was a carpenter, make furniture and other products that were sold [Continue Reading...]

A glimpse into the completed Biorenewables Complex

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Steve Mickelson, chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, sat down with The Des Moines Register to talk about the newly constructed Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, which now house ABE on the campus’ west end. The Register also featured the artwork, “Floating World,” which is a tribute to agricultural progress hanging [Continue Reading...]

Mufit Akinc receives two faculty awards

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Materials science and engineering professor receives Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award. Mufit Akinc was recently recognized by his peers and graduate students with two prominent awards. During Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony held on September 22, 2014, Akinc received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence that is given [Continue Reading...]

Tonia McCarley receives award at University Awards Ceremony

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NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) faculty member awarded Regents Award for Faculty Excellence Tonia McCarley was nominated by her peers for the Regents Award for Staff Excellence, which she was awarded on September 22, 2014 at Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony. McCarley was honored to be nominated for the award, ““It’s such [Continue Reading...]

Toby Cruz: NASA intern, Air Force ROTC cadet, civil engineering student

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Civil engineering senior Toby Cruz has experienced a notable internship and extracurricular activities while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. Soon after completing final exams in December 2013, Cruz completed a NASA internship application and gathered faculty recommendations within one weekend. One month later, NASA offered him two internships during summer 2014. He accepted [Continue Reading...]

Amy Kaleita featured in PRISM Magazine’s “20 Under 40”

Written by PRISM Magazine From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “nonlinear, somewhat chaotic” array of microplots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – and ripe opportunities for [Continue Reading...]

Jiles elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

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David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow. He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications [Continue Reading...]

Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State engineers $1 million to study how high-strength concrete can be used to build taller wind turbine towers. “I think this will revolutionize wind energy,” said Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University’s Wilson Engineering Professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative. “We won’t [Continue Reading...]

Ten new projects receive funding through ISU’s Iowa Nutrient Research Center

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A set of nine bioreactors were installed this month at the ISU Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm near Ames as part of an Iowa Nutrient Research Center-funded research project. The bioreactor research, led by ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association, was funded last year by the center at ISU.

Agricultural and biosystems engineering department travels to Brazil

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Nineteen students from Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky learn about Brazilian technology and culture  “Through my classes and involvement in the agriculture industry, I realized how large of a role Brazil plays in the global agriculture economy. I wanted the chance to learn about it firsthand,” said Courtney Harder, senior in agricultural [Continue Reading...]

Sritharan partners internationally on NSF-NEES project

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Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, leads a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with international collaboration in earthquake engineering. The concept for the project began in early 2000, when former graduate student Sriram Aaleti pursued research in rocking structural wall systems. Through the next few years, Sritharan and Aaleti developed [Continue Reading...]

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering chair presents at Board of Regents meeting

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Janis Terpenny talks about the Center for e-Design and Iowa State’s role in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. On September 10, 2014, IMSE Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny provided the Board of Regents with an overview of some important research that’s taking place at Iowa State’s campus. One topic included the [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

Sonal Padalkar: Studying materials systems with microscopy and engineering

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A fascination for microscopes from an early age led Sonal Padalkar, a new assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Iowa State, to develop an affinity for problem solving using microscopic techniques. Sonal Padalkar grew up looking through the lens of a microscope, seeing new worlds of changing colors and patterns. The experience, she says, gave [Continue Reading...]

University and College of Engineering have another year of record enrollment

The 2014-2015 academic year is keeping with the recent trend in growth for Iowa State University and the College of Engineering as more students than ever before are enrolled. This fall, the college has an enrollment of 8,789 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 8,284. Undergraduate enrollment of 7,523 is up from 7,123 [Continue Reading...]

Anuj Sharma: Direct impact through civil engineering

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New CCEE associate professor’s work improves efficiency and safety of transportation “One of the most satisfying parts of my career is working on real problems people are facing and seeing that work implemented in the field, making a difference,” says Anuj Sharma. Sharma, who joined Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as [Continue Reading...]

White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology

Intelligent soil compaction technology detects soil stiffness, which correlates to soil strength. Green indicates high stiffness, while red indicates low stiffness.

  Richard L. Handy Professor David White implements a technology that revolutionizes more than 80 years of soil compaction testing. On a typical road and building construction site, soil is compacted to properly support the structure built above it. Manual quality assurance tests, which are traditionally done with handheld instruments, test soil density, thickness and [Continue Reading...]

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way [Continue Reading...]

E-Week 2014: Engineering a Cyclone tradition

Filled with activities and opportunities, the College of Engineering’s annual Engineers’ Week (E-Week) is an exciting time for student engineers at Iowa State. The chosen theme “Cyclone Tradition. Cyclone Engineers.” emphasizes the sense of community and family created in the College of Engineering here at Iowa State. From intramural sports to lunches on campus and [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumna builds integral Iowa DOT-Iowa State University partnerships

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­ Sandra (Albertson) Larson (BSCE’88, BSBiology’75) has played an integral role in building partnerships between Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Born in Kirksville, Mo., Larson has spent most of her life in Iowa. She grew up in Ames, and then enrolled at ISU in 1971 – in biology [Continue Reading...]

Matthew Panthani: A love for science and engineering since day one

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Chemical and biological engineering department hires assistant professor researching low cost solar cells. While he was earning his Ph.D., Matthew Panthani found a new way to use spray paint – to advance solar cell research. His interest in solar cell accessibility has continued since graduate school. He’s looking forward to making solar cells inexpensive and [Continue Reading...]