Mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate awarded for paper on spray research

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Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State College of Engineering partners with Drake University, University of Iowa and Indiana University to provide opportunities for graduates pursuing law degrees

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Engineering announced a new partnership with three renowned law schools to provide opportunities for its graduates who wish to continue their education by pursuing Juris Doctorate degrees. This collaboration with Drake University Law School, University of Iowa College of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law, [Continue Reading…]

A peek inside Marston Hall

The view from Marston's fourth floor. Workers are on the second floor, to the left and right are the ground-to-roof shoring towers, near the top left is the northwest stairwell. Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Interior demolition work at Marston Hall, which began in December, will continue this summer and wrap up in September. Crews are removing three to four dump truck loads of brick and tile every day, a wheel barrow at a time, as load-bearing walls are replaced with steel columns and beams. All told, about 75 percent [Continue Reading…]

CCEE professors Jim Alleman, Say Kee Ong awarded 2015 Cerwick Medallion

From left to right: President Steven Leath, award recipients Say Kee Ong and Jim Alleman, and award donors Judy and Joel Cerwick following the award ceremony.

Last fall Jim Alleman and Say Kee Ong were appointed Cerwick Faculty Professors – an award that recognizes and promotes the excellence of the faculty in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. At a May 4 ceremony, Alleman and Ong received their Cerwick Medallions from President Steven Leath. [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA compeition

Phillip Molnar, left, Tyler Broich, right, and the rest of the Cyclone Space Mining team are busy assembling their robot for NASA's May 18-22 competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Larger photo. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready [Continue Reading…]

Influential Chemical Engineering professor Tom Wheelock saluted on 90th birthday

Tom Wheelock (right) chats with CBE professors Chuck Glatz (left) and Kurt Hebert at his 90th birthday reception.

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering recognized one of its most influential members on his 90th birthday. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wheelock, University Professor Emeritus, was honored with a reception, and was joined by many well-wishers from not only from his department, but other corners of the university as well. Wheelock has had a 70-year [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’

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Jenny Baker, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s “40 under 40.” Baker will officially be recognized at a CSE awards ceremony in Chicago Sept. 29. CSE’s “40 under 40” recognizes 40 industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State chemical engineering graduate is soldier for biorenewables

Knox speaks at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department's Pre-Commencement Reception on graduation day.

It’s been a seven-year, often interrupted college journey for Kidron Knox, who received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State this month. It hasn’t been easy; but then again, the education Knox has received hasn’t all been what you’ll find in a college catalog — because in that time Knox has also [Continue Reading…]

Iowa leads in wind

At the end of the 2014 year, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, making it No. 1 in wind energy throughout the nation. Sri Sritharan, professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering as well as associate head for graduate study and research says the state’s success comes from its ability to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

Senior lecturer Simanta Mitra coaches team members Tyler Uhlenkamp, senior in software engineering, and Jacob Smith, freshman in software engineering, for a computer programming contest. The team will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to compete against 127 teams from around the world.

A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities. Their coach, Simanta Mitra, a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State bids farewell to graduating class of 2015

Three commencement ceremonies this weekend gave Iowa State over 4,000 new alumni. The Graduate college commencement happened Friday, with an address by Susan Lamont, C.F. Curtis Distinguished Professor in agricultural and life sciences. “I propose to you tonight that when you follow your own internal compass guided by your own personal set of wisely chosen [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumnus earns prestigious ASCE award for engineering education

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79), a senior engineer at Kiewit Bridge and Marine, is a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cleveland Section’s G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award. Giroux will officially be recognized this October at ASCE Cleveland Section’s Award Dinner. The G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award is presented [Continue Reading…]

Chuck Glatz bids farewell to CBE after 40-year stay

ISU Chemical Engineering alum John Kaiser (right) presents Glatz with a book he produced commemorating Glatz' 40 years at Iowa State.

Dr. Charles E. (Chuck) Glatz, University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has announced his retirement after 40 years of research, education and leadership at Iowa State University. Originally from Rochester, NY, Glatz came to Iowa State in 1975, shortly after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was appointed [Continue Reading…]

Prairie STRIPS program expands with new grant

Narrow strips of native prairie planted on cropland, like the one shown above, can yield immense environmental benefits. The STRIPS program at Iowa State recently received a USDA grant to expand its work. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Schulte Moore)

A recently awarded federal grant will help an innovative Iowa State University program expand its mission to protect soil and water quality by planting strips of native prairie on farmland. The three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow the ISU STRIPS program to widen its [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

The Iowa State Baja SAE Team recently competed in Auburn, Alabama. Team members are, left to right, Zach Verbeck (far back), Jameson Gavac, Nathan Eick, Derick Whited, Andy Raudabaugh, John Bavlsik, Erik Rasmussen (the driver), Katie Ginapp, Jake Conway, Nick Dugan and Ryan Werner. Larger photo. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Baja SAE Team.)

It was a Friday afternoon and there was Zach Verbeck in the back of the Cyclone Racing garage, working away on a homemade brake dyno, looking for data that could improve the performance of Iowa State’s mini off-road racer. The senior from Cedar Falls who’s studying mechanical engineering was taking torque readings in foot-pounds. He [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State freshmen build multidisciplinary research, 3D printing technology experience

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Three freshman honors students used 3D printing technology and more to conduct structural engineering research with Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. Students involved in the project were mechanical engineering freshman Heather Murphy, pre-industrial design freshman Derek Coulter, and industrial engineering freshman Connor Theisen. They participated in [Continue Reading…]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering’s new assistant professor researches systems modeling after working in agricultural and construction industry

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Mehari Tekeste says international and industry experience will shape his teaching at ISU Originally from the small nation of Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, Mehari Tekeste has literally traveled the world before coming to Iowa State as an assistant professor this spring. All of his ventures have had one central theme – improving the [Continue Reading…]

Materials science and engineering PhD student recognized for excellent research

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Hanzheng Guo, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, was selected as the winner for the 2015 Zaffarano Prize, the highest research award for an ISU graduate student. While at Iowa State, Guo worked with Xiaoli Tan, a professor in MSE, on research that focused primarily on lead-free piezoelectric ceramics. Guo is now a postdoctoral [Continue Reading…]

CBE grad student Kiva Forsmark earns Teaching Excellence Award

Kiva Forsmark (right) celebrates her Teaching Excellence Award with Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Chair Dr. Andy Hillier (left) and Dr. Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, who nominated her for the award.

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student Kiva Forsmark has been presented with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for her work as a Teaching Assistant in ChE 381, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. Her nomination was initiated by Professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, with Professors Matthew Panthani and Yue Wu co-signing the nomination. Forsmark was assigned to work [Continue Reading…]

Current and past Iowa State students selected for NSF graduate research fellowships

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Jordan Barr, William Lindemann and Jill Middendorf are recognized as outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines Three students who started their engineering careers at Iowa State were selected for a prestigious research award. The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to encourage involvement in science and engineering and has continued [Continue Reading…]

Faculty positions announced for 2015-16

The state Board of Regents approved 70 Iowa State faculty promotion or tenure awards for the 2015-16 year during its April 23 meeting at the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. The full list is posted on the provost’s website. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 [Continue Reading…]

Faculty receive special recognition

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Ten Iowa State faculty members received special awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished and University Professor, and four have been named Morrill Professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored Sept. 21 at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. Distinguished Professor The [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer finds new ways to see data, train soldiers, help doctors

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Eliot Winer likes to show off the magic and usefulness of immersive virtual reality. So there you were, in the middle of Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab, taking a shift at a military checkpoint. In this case, the lab’s mix of virtual and real worlds put you behind the barriers protecting a strategic stretch of road. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University studying water storage to benefit crops, waterways

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Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce nitrate-nitrogen loss into waterways. The project, led by Purdue University, began this month and is funded by a $5 [Continue Reading…]