Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

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Alireza Sassani turned a switch and sent 60 volts of electricity into a small block of concrete. A few minutes later the Iowa State University doctoral student took some measurements and found the block’s surface temperature had risen from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 189 degrees. Next, Therin Young stepped up to the demonstration table and [Continue Reading…]

ISU’s National Society of Black Engineers partners with Ames Middle School to teach STEM education

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Students are introduced to engineering majors through hands-on experience and interaction with Cyclone Engineers Often times, middle school students are aware of engineering as a field, but they might not know about the more specific engineering disciplines available for them to study. Iowa State’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently [Continue Reading…]

Joe Pape: Building a future with a solid foundation at Iowa State

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Double engineering major gives student all-encompassing perspective Joe Pape enjoys the design process involved in civil engineering, but he also appreciates the hands-on aspect in construction engineering. That’s why he couldn’t pick just one major when he came to Iowa State. Pape, who is a junior in civil and construction engineering, says that both fields [Continue Reading…]

Stanford lecturer Khosla speaks on importance of “assembly line” biosynthesis research

Dr. Chaitan Khosla of  Stanford University (right), is presented with a plaque by Dr. Andrew C. Hillier, chair of Iowa State's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Khosla spoke at Iowa State as part of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department's L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series.

Diseases of the world may have a tougher time proliferating in the future thanks to the work of scientists like Dr. Chaitan Khosla, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He spoke to faculty, staff and students of Iowa State University February 26 with a presentation entitled “Assembly Line Biosynthesis [Continue Reading…]

Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16

Written by Anne Krapfl Five faculty proposals to develop new approaches for teaching undergraduate courses will share $56,000 in available funds for 2015-16, the 19th year of the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert endorsed the recommendations of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) advisory board, which [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering alumna named an ENR ‘Top 20 under 40′

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JoNette Kuhnau (BSCE’00, MSCE’01), project manager for Kimley-Horn and Associates, was recently named to Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Midwest Top 20 under 40. ENR Midwest Top 20 under 40 recognizes young design and construction professionals from the region who have made significant contributions to their firms, professions and communities. In the case of Kuhnau, she has [Continue Reading…]

Kumar elected IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer

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Ratnesh Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was elected a Distinguished Lecturer for the Control Systems Society of the IEEE. Kumar is one of 12 IEEE CSS Distinguished Lecturers, selected by a team of distinguished leaders of the discipline. Kumar will hold this position for next three years [Continue Reading…]

Applying undergraduate knowledge to structures research and quality management

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Lauren Ruchti works as undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Transportation As a junior in civil engineering, Lauren Ruchti is making sure she learns as much as she can about the practice of structural engineering to prepare for her career. Through her experience as an undergraduate research assistant, Ruchti is investigating important topics, like [Continue Reading…]

Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA

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By Michael Still Your phone isn’t safe. Believe it or not, there was a time before voice command and GPS tracking when a phone was just a phone. Software plays a major role in making our phones do what they do which impacts in the way we live, work, and play. As a result, our safety [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State student outreach event teaches kids bridge-building

Civil engineering sophomore Paige Taylor helps a few Story County elementary school students build a K'Nex bridge on Feb. 8, 2015.

What do K’Nex, marshmallows, toothpicks, and crawling on tabletops have in common? Why, bridge-building of course. Several students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University led about 25 Story County elementary school students on a bridge-building adventure. One Sunday per month from November 2014 through February 2015, children discovered civil [Continue Reading…]

The impacts of the invisible: how microbes affect our lives

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New agricultural and biosystems engineering assistant professor studies microbiology and the influence of global change on the environment.  Adina Howe evaluates her success in two ways: through the impact her work has on society and through her students’ achievements. “It’s more than my personal accomplishments. As a professor, it’s exciting that I can motivate students [Continue Reading…]

Kimbra Bader: Finding the right fit with industrial engineering

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Classes, internships, music and many other activities make for a busy schedule, but this senior says it has paid off to manage it all. When Kimbra Bader came to Iowa State, she knew she was going to study engineering. What she didn’t know was whether she’d be able to continue her talent for music while [Continue Reading…]

Flying high: ME alumnus brings engineering and business skills to ICON Aircraft

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Lei Huang earned his concurrent mechanical engineering and MBA degree in the fall of 2012 from Iowa State University. Today’s successful engineers often need strong business management skills to complement their degree in engineering. Huang is currently a manufacturing engineer at ICON Aircraft in California. It is here that he makes innovative impact in Light [Continue Reading…]

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

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Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor improves energetic performance of aluminum micron-scale particles

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Valery Levitas demonstrates value of a new melt-dispersion mechanism Aluminum-fueled composites are known to have high-energy densities, especially in comparison to other fuel. That’s why researchers are interested in the reaction of aluminum particles with various oxidizers. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, says the main direction being [Continue Reading…]

Materials science assistant professor uses affordable tools to create nanoparticle catalysts and drug-delivery systems

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Martin Thuo studies low-cost nanoparticle production Creating multi-layer, squishy or solid, nanoparticles is difficult and often requires sophisticated, expensive equipment. But that didn’t stop materials science assistant professor Martin Thuo, who, with his team, run a lab where frugal science is a central theme. He and his postdoc, Dr. Ian Tevis, set out to develop [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State CCEE students host inaugural recent alumni panel

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Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Graduates of the Last Decade (CCEE GOLD) and CCEE student organizations hosted the first-ever CCEE GOLD Recent Alumni Discussion Panel Jan. 29 in Howe Hall. Students gained first-hand advice of college-to-career transitions, work-life balances, and academic applications to life experiences. More than 100 students networked with six recent alumni: Andrew [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory partners with National Renewable Energy Laboratory in nationwide advanced composite institute

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Engineering researchers will provide expertise on designing wind blades for manufacturability as part of a new manufacturing innovation hub announced by the White House. The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected a collaborative research team that included Iowa State University for a large initiative focused on advanced composites. The White House announced the new Institute [Continue Reading…]

Former visiting student returns to Iowa State for graduate school

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Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano aims to improve Brazilian research techniques Originally from Brazil, agriculture and biosystems engineering graduate student Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano traveled to Iowa State in 2011 after receiving a scholarship to study internationally. While in Ames, she made many friends and learned about Iowa’s knowledge of agriculture. De Oliveira-Serrano returned to Brazil a semester [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

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“The red team is watching,” warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University. The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students. Their goal for an eight-hour cyber competition is to hack into the computer networks set up by as many as 200 students divided into [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council selects Project Lead The Way for 2015-16 Scale-Up Initiative

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College of Engineering remains a partner in statewide program dedicated to providing hands-on STEM experience to Iowa’s youth Iowa Project Lead The Way (PLTW) continues to grow its mission in providing relevant teacher development and hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to young people throughout K-12 schools. In particular, the organization focuses [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student researches commercial airflight lift after an initial love of toy airplanes

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Anil Jairam uses new technology to increase lift of laminar wings Even as a child, Anil Jairam had aerospace engineering in his sights. He was always fascinated by flight and enjoyed playing with toy airplanes. Now, he’s focusing his attention on advancing the design of aircraft wings. Jairam attended Bartlett High School, Academy of Science, [Continue Reading…]

Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration

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CoE faculty project can help landowners with conservation efforts The USDA recently awarded Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Nicola Bowler, professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, a research grant to study how to produce a low-cost sensor to monitor nitrate concentration in drainage tile lines. Though [Continue Reading…]

ABE graduate student embraces Midwest agricultural culture

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Liz Luby studies how antibiotic resistance in manure affects Iowa agriculture Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Liz Luby worked as an undergraduate research assistant in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. Her boss suggested she attend graduate school and connected her with ISU associate professor Michelle Soupir. In those moments, Luby knew she would be coming [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering and LAS professors study STEM faculty engagement

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Researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University are studying factors affecting the engagement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty and the contributions of their work. The study, “EAGER: Understanding and Strengthening STEM Faculty Engagement, the Institutional Environment and Transformative Research,” proposes to [Continue Reading…]