Industrial engineering graduate student learns about continuous improvement

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Cheryl Khoo says Iowa State provides new ideas and a diverse community. While she was working as a quality control technician at BASF, Cheryl Khoo was given a major improvement project that helped her realize her interests spanned beyond chemical engineering. She says the project required her to track all non-conformance aspects of production to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State juniors go from FIRST Tech Challenge competitors to judges

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Mackenzie McCoy and Nicole Peyton stay connected to program that helped lead them to engineering FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) provides middle and high school students with a competitive space for robots they program and build. After participating in the program for three years as students at Ottumwa High School, two juniors at Iowa State were [Continue Reading…]

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

Joseph Pape

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…]

Mechanical engineering alumnus creates “The International Awesomeness League”

Greg Stargell, a mild-mannered, soft-spoken physicist, helps protect the world from missile attacks. Sound like the premise for a comic book superhero? Sure, but it’s also Huntsville physicist Stargell’s real-life day job. The superhero fictions come during Stargell’s nights and weekends when Stargell composes the jokes and story lines for his alter-ego, Da Spokesman, a [Continue Reading…]

AerE department chair interviewed about drone guidelines

This month the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed guidelines for commercial unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as ‘drones.’ Rich Wlezien, chair of the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University, says the current rules are so strict Iowa State students can’t even test the drones they’ve built in class because they pay ISU tuition, technically making [Continue Reading…]

ISU alumnus presents at annual Black History Month event about overcoming obstacles

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Dr. Petros “Pete” Gheresus, Robert and Claire Reiss Chair of Industrial Engineering  at Kettering University, has one resounding message about his journey from Eritrea (formerly a province of Ethiopia), East Africa, to the American Midwest: he didn’t get here alone. “I did not get here by myself,” Gheresus said. “Call it the miracle work of [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…]

Proplanner featured in Iowa Innovation Corporation’s newsletter

Iowa Innovation Corporation’s newsletter Connections included a profile of Proplanner, an engineering software company founded by Dave Sly, IMSE professor of practice. The Iowa Innovation Corporation is a private non profit organization that fosters Iowa research and development, supports the commercialization of ideas, and establishes funding resources to help Iowa companies grow and innovate. Read the [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…]

Senator Ernst tours new ag labs at Iowa State

Senator Joni Ernst continued her 99 county tour Wednesday in Story County at Iowa State University.  Ernst toured a new complex of buildings on campus devoted to the latest Bio Renewable fuels and Agriculture and Bio Systems Engineering. “Our new buildings here are the result of our impact on the bio economy and agriculture here [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…]

Video game industry is more than just a degree

Kevin Fuller, a video game designer with more than 15 years of experience, gave a lecture about the video game industry and what students need to do to break into it at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
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What does it take to make it in the video game industry? Everything and nothing. Keith Fuller, head of Fuller Game Productions, spoke to a full room of game developing hopefuls about the ups and downs of the industry. Fuller suggested that an education alone is no longer enough to assure professional success. “Start forging [Continue Reading…]

New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses

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Newly proposed commercial rules for the use of unmanned aircraft open doors for Iowa farmers, realtors and businesses to be more productive, experts said Monday. “On one side we have this great economic development opportunity. (Unmanned aircraft) can have a huge impact on the productivity of farmland, so we don’t want to miss that,” said [Continue Reading…]

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

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Defenders of cybersecurity are fighting against the current, Iowa State University professor Doug Jacobson said. “All we ever are are defenders,” said Jacobson, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “Imagine playing a sport where you could never put your offensive team on the field.” Jacobson is also the director of Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center, [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…]

Deconstruction of 93-year-old Davidson Hall begins

Davidson Hall, former home of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, is being torn down piece by piece due to safety concerns and the building being outdated.

Davidson Hall, the former home of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, is being demolished after 93 years. Most of the furniture in the building is being recycled, but some has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. “They had a lot of chalkboards and cabinets that were donated,” said Merry Rankin, director of sustainability. [Continue Reading…]

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects names 2001 alumnus as 2015 president

American Society of Indian Engineers and Architects (ASIE) has selected Raj Basavaraju, MBA, PE, as the 2015 president. Basavaraju graduated in 2001 with a master’s in civil engineering from Iowa State. Read more about the organization’s recent news here.