College inspires innovation

The Exploratory Research Projects program at Iowa State’s College of Engineering is supporting faculty members as they gather preliminary data for high-risk, high-impact, novel research ideas. This spring, six projects will receive grants to explore new research areas: Vikram Dalal, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Novel material for [Continue Reading…]

ECpE Professor wins IEEE Award for contributions to Optical Networks

This past December during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Globecom 2016 conference, Iowa State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, Ahmed Kamal, was awarded by the IEEE Communications Society Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) for his contributions to optical networks. The IEEE Communications Society ONTC recognized the significance of the contributions made [Continue Reading…]

ME student attends presidential inauguration in Washington D.C.

One Iowa State University student will be part of history today as he witnesses Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Cole Ignaszewski – a sophomore studying mechanical engineering – was among a select group of Minnesota 4-H members invited for a leadership conference in Washington D.C. this week. [Continue Reading…]

Five MSE Students Enter Bladesmithing Competition

  Five materials science and engineering students recently completed their entry for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition that will take place February 26-March 2, 2017 in San Diego, California. Their entry included producing a sword blade 20-120 centimeters long made by hand/trip hammering or forge pressing. They also submitted a ten-page report, five-minute video and a [Continue Reading…]

SMART BRICK reduces risks from seismic events

CCEE associate professor joins in international collaboration to preserve Europe’s oldest infrastructure, increase safety for residents Just because a building survives an earthquake doesn’t mean it’s safe. “About 60 percent of Italian buildings, including those belonging to the historic heritage, are made of brick masonry,” said Filippo Ubertini, an associate professor of structural design at Italy’s University [Continue Reading…]

MSE student highlight: Kaci Storm finds success in academics and athletics

As the start of spring semester begins, Kaci Storm is both celebrating and basking in her success of being a student at Iowa State University. Storm, a senior in Materials Engineering from Geneseo, Illinois, has learned to embrace her adventure at Iowa State by finding success in academics and in athletics. Her ability to balance [Continue Reading…]

ME professor helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Iowa State leads move to establish an alliance that builds statewide cybersecurity, literacy

Iowa State University cybersecurity experts are leading a statewide effort to establish the Iowa Cyber Alliance. The alliance is all about bringing partners together to provide cybersecurity education, outreach and training across the state.

ME graduate student completes internship with Obama White House

Chloe McPherson – a master’s student in mechanical engineering – recently finished up her stint with the White House Internship Program under President Barack Obama for the fall 2016 semester. The Omaha, Nebraska-native was among 165 students nationwide to be selected for this opportunity. Dakota Olson, a junior majoring in Global Resource Systems at Iowa [Continue Reading…]

NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New assistant professor stays on the “edge” of geotechnical engineering research Cassandra Rutherford doesn’t want the easy answer. That’s the reason she was drawn to engineering. “I thought that it was a challenging specialty,” Rutherford explained. “You were seeking new answers and trying to answer a question that hadn’t been answered before.” This January, Rutherford [Continue Reading…]

CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Associate Professor Peter Savolainen embraces team-based learning, flipped classroom method to stretch students’ abilities New teaching methods are flipping traditional classroom learning on its head. Team-based learning (TBL) helping students learn from peers. Flipped learning methods lead students to review materials outside of the classroom. Class time is then used for questions, discussion and projects. These methods [Continue Reading…]

Grace Hopper continues to inspire generations of women in engineering

Grace Hopper carries many titles: Navy admiral, computer engineer, co-creator of the term “computer bug” and most recently the posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her biggest claim to fame might be her work on Mark I, a naval computer that ran mathematical equations, which aided in the creation of the atomic bombs used [Continue Reading…]