Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Iowa State University recently joined with 10 other public research universities in launching a first-ever project to expand the use of highly successful, innovative programs designed to help more students complete a college education. Formation of the University Innovation Alliance was announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C. Iowa State will share best practices in its [Continue Reading...]

A look back at an Iowa State alumnus’s life

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Loren Forman, ’34 ChemE, becomes expert in lignin science Loren Forman’s choice to come to Iowa State College in 1930 was an easy one, especially after both parents graduated from the university in the years before. His father also taught agronomy at Iowa State until retirement. What he didn’t know was that he would become [Continue Reading...]

Mike Morgan: Chemistry “clicks”

Mike Morgan

Chemical engineering graduate enjoys teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in retirement “I took chemistry, and it clicked,” says Mike Morgan, 1974 chemical engineering graduate. At a young age, he thought he would major in electrical engineering, but after disliking physics in high school, he changed his mind. That left him looking for another [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

R. Chris Williams, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [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...]

Wenzhen Li: A love for Ames, research and spreading knowledge

Wenzhen Li

Chemical and biological engineering hires tenured associate professor researching fuel cells and biorenewables With a chemical engineer and a laser-engineering expert for parents, Wenzhen Li has been interested in research since a young age. That’s why he decided to get his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and soon after got his doctorate in physical chemistry [Continue Reading...]

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

Matthew Panthani

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...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

Yue Wu: Ignited by a passion in chemistry and nanomaterials

Yue Wu stands in his new research lab.

Chemical and biological engineering department hires associate professor researching nanomaterials A small fire on Yue Wu’s apartment balcony when he was a child created a spark in chemistry and research for Wu that has kept burning ever since. The fire, which he started after trying to make a rocket with different chemicals found in his [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Augustine Villa named Cargill Scholar

Augustine Villa

A chemical engineering student is learning about advancing the future global economy thanks to a scholarship opportunity. Brain cancer survivor, high school valedictorian and Cargill Global Scholar are just three things Augustine Villa has achieved in his 21 years of life. But that’s not all Villa, who is a chemical engineering major with Spanish minor, [Continue Reading...]

Nanoparticles: To be or not to be crystalline?

Duane Johnson, an Iowa State University F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Sciences, and a team of researchers discovered that there is no one size where particles go from non-crystalline (disordered) to crystalline (ordered) phases. Instead, they found a range of sizes where both phases coexist statistically, depending on the support and gas surrounding the [Continue Reading...]

Saltzman of chemical engineering announced as 2014 Mines Medalist

W. Mark Saltzman, an expert in biomedical engineering, drug delivery, tissue engineering and gene therapy, has been named the 2014 Mines Medalist by the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The Des Moines, Iowa, native graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1981. He is the sixth Mines Medalist [Continue Reading...]

CoE students reflect on their adventure at Iowa State

Hear what these four engineering students have to say about their adventure at Iowa State University – thanks to ISU Marketing. Chemical engineering graduate Nicholas Bormann shares how he was able to research with a professor, become published and get involved to enjoy his adventure. Civil engineering graduate Ryan Francois shares his experiences studying abroad, participating in [Continue Reading...]

Summer program teaches engineering principles to Iowa STEM teachers

Eric Cochran

Iowa State’s College of Engineering and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) have joined forces for a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program that will be part of the 2014 STEM Summer Institute at ISU. Starting on June 9, 16 Iowa State faculty members are mentoring 16 high school STEM teachers in their [Continue Reading...]

Chemical and biological engineering grad student aims to conquer limits with PhD

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Joseph Petefish, a chemical engineer from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, chose to pursue his Ph.D. at Iowa State University for the world of opportunities that comes along with a doctorate degree in his field. The Ph.D. will come in handy if Petefish ever decides to teach, but for now, he wants to make sure he has [Continue Reading...]

Sweeney Hall closure

Sweeney Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. Although the May 30 fire was limited to the roof of the west section of the building, roof repairs and a thorough cleaning of the building’s interior must be completed before the building is re-opened to the public. Chemical and Biological Engineering faculty and staff [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Trey and Becah Fliehs

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra It all started with a cruise. Trey (’05 journalism & mass communication) and Becah (’05 chemical engineering) Fliehs discovered that they loved to travel – especially when the travel took them to the Caribbean islands. After they graduated [Continue Reading...]

Engineering students awarded 2014 Leading the Bioeconomy Graduate Fellowships

From left to right: Brent Shanks, Toni Pfennig, Qing He, Nastaran Hashemi, Lei Fang, Buddhi Lamsal

Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) presented Leading the Bioeconomy Graduate Fellowships to engineering and food science and human nutrition graduate students on April 22. These fellowships are offered as part of the Leading the Bioeconomy Initiative appropriation from the Iowa Legislature, and administered through the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI). These fellowships seek to attract high caliber [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering senior Alma Marquez looks to give back to community

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Alma Marquez, a senior in chemical engineering from Des Moines, Iowa, was part of a science-related scholarship program starting in eighth grade, called Science Bound, that led her to Iowa State. As a student here, she’s given her time to rigorous engineering courses, internships, peer mentor groups and various volunteer opportunities. When she decided to study [Continue Reading...]

Mixed Media Piece Wins Biorenewables Art Competition

Written by Bob Mills, Bioeconomy Institute communications specialist  A mixed-media work of art entitled “Memento Mori” by Natalie Buskohl won the “Best in Show” award at the 2014 Biorenewables Art Competition held by the Bioeconomy Institute. Buskohl, a senior in Integrated Studio Arts in Iowa State University’s College of Design, received a $750 prize. Her [Continue Reading...]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2014 commencement

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Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10. During his [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]

Multicultural Learning Community Explores Biorenewables

Nineteen curious undergraduates gathered with five peer mentors in the lobby of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) at Iowa State University for the annual “BRL Experience” on April 4. This event gives undergraduate students an opportunity to meet bioenergy researchers and graduate students, and tour the BRL engineering research labs. Throughout the visit, the undergraduate [Continue Reading...]

ISU student follows in his father’s footsteps on a National Student Exchange program

Kimmie and William Rabe III

Written by Teddi Barron Iowa State University News Service Next fall, an Iowa State University student will experience a National Student Exchange (NSE) to the University of Alabama — just like his father did 31 years ago as a college student in North Dakota. It was a fateful trip for William Rabe’s father, William Rabe [Continue Reading...]