Visions Across America: Robi Polikar

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Looking back, an odd series of unrelated events led Robi Polikar to Iowa State for graduate studies. Robi grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. He really thought he’d choose an American grad school near Washington, D.C., an area he [Continue Reading...]

Minor in music technology: 5 years later

Five years after its implementation, the minor in music technology has proven to be very successful. Its creator, Dr. Christopher Hopkins, and music department adviser Kevin Judge have witnessed high enrollment and completion of the required coursework supporting its popularity among students. The program is designed to help students creatively apply the use of technology [Continue Reading...]

Contributing to society through research

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New electrical and computer engineering associate professor investigates nanotechnologies Long Que always thought he wanted to be a physicist. But after receiving his bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, his dreams changed. He began researching at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top engineering research institution in China. That’s when [Continue Reading...]

Paul Reilly named engineering VP of Voxer

Voxer, a leader in modern communication that combines the power of voice and messaging to maximize team performance, announced on Oct. 15 the appointment of Iowa State alum Paul Reilly as vice president of engineering. Reilly, who received his bachelor’s in computer engineering from ISU, will lead the company’s research and development efforts, focused on [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Jim and Lyndi Perry

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra It’s 6:30 a.m. on a cold November morning in Albuquerque, NM. Lyndi Dittmer-Perry, her balloon-pilot husband, Jim Perry, and their six-person hot-air-balloon crew are gathering in the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum parking lot. Everyone has a job to [Continue Reading...]

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading...]

Dalal named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

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Vikram Dalal, Thomas Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) was named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor by Iowa State Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert in a ceremony on Sept. 22. Dalal, who has directed the MRC since 1999, has been working in the solar energy [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading...]

Jiles elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

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David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow. He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications [Continue Reading...]

ISU ‘hackathon’ takes over Howe Hall

It’s 4 a.m. and the last thing Erik Fetter wants to do is sleep. Fetter, sophomore in computer engineering, spent 36 hours the past weekend hacking with more than 100 other students in Howe Hall for a competition called HackISU, which is part of an international competition that draws in aspiring programmers and professionals alike [Continue Reading...]

ISU’s IT-Olympics touted as great way to prepare students for cyber-jobs – and cyber-warfare

The 2014 IT-Olympics held this past spring at Iowa State were mentioned in an article posted to The Fiscal Times and The Week. The story talks about how activities like the IT-Olympic’s Cyber Defense Competition “improve cyber education at the high school level at a time when the United States is falling behind in STEM education.” Doug Jacobson, an [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...]

Identical twins + engineering ≠ identical careers

They look the same, sound the same and possess the same thirst for knowledge and adventure. They even studied engineering for their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Despite these similarities, identical twins Erik and Luke Goetzke chose to pursue different career paths – albeit in the engineering industry. “We’re not the inseparable [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...]

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

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With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles [Continue Reading...]

After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

Visitors gather from the neighboring American Solar Challenge community event to see Iowa State's solar car Phaeton up close. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

[jwplayer mediaid="17282"] Team PrISUm raced more than 180 miles today – at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour – to arrive in third at the Ames checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge. After much anticipation, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton and its escorts drove into Iowa State Center parking lots where they were [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm to visit Ames in American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm raced more than 257 miles today and was third to arrive at the stage stop in Omaha, Nebraska – the halfway point in the American Solar Challenge race. They’ll soon be on their way to Ames, Iowa – the race’s next checkpoint. “It’s a lot of fun knowing that we’ll be heading home [Continue Reading...]

Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm lost valuable race time during yesterday’s rain, but they’re planning to make a comeback tomorrow – the fifth day of the American Solar Challenge. “We had a hard time yesterday, but we still held onto third place,” said Rachel Hoke, the team’s treasurer and a junior in electrical engineering, “and we’re slowly working [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm races through rainy weather in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm readies its solar car Phaeton on the morning of day three of the American Solar Challenge. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Rain or shine, Team PrISUm raced more than 230 miles today while holding onto third place in the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton had barely set out from the race’s first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma, when the skies darkened and rain began to fall. “We tried to beat the weather a [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm charges through sunny weather, places fourth on first day of American Solar Challenge

Members of Team PrISUm recharge Phaeton's batteries for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Hot, sunny weather and a problem free drive gave Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton a strong head start on the first day of the cross-country American Solar Challenge (ASC). Team PrISUm – the Iowa State students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fourth at the ASC [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm sets speed record, qualifies for American Solar Challenge

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Despite adverse weather conditions and system bugs, Iowa State’s solar racecar Phaeton set a speed record at the Circuit of Americas this past weekend. Team PrISUm – the students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fifth at the track race hosted by the Formula Sun Grand [Continue Reading...]

ECpE hosts honorary symposium for Aziz Fouad

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The life and career of Aziz Fouad (PhDEE ’56), distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was celebrated during an honorary symposium July 7 at the Memorial Union. Friends, family and colleagues joined in the Campanile Room to honor Professor Fouad and welcome him back to campus. “Whether [Continue Reading...]

ISU Solar Car Team

The Iowa State Solar Car Team is working to finish their latest car before heading to Texas this summer. There they will try to qualify for the 8 day, 1700 mile cross country race from Austin to Minneapolis. The team is hoping to improve on their 2nd place finish in 2012. For more information visit [Continue Reading...]

Engineering alumnus helps paralyzed man regain movement

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Thanks to technology developed by a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University, a 23-year-old quadriplegic Ohio man has become the first person able to move his paralyzed hand using his thoughts and a microchip sensor implanted in his brain.

Tata Sons appoints Gopichand Katragadda as group chief technology officer

Tata Sons Ltd named Gopichand Katragadda as group chief technology officer on Monday. Katragadda holds master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. His graduate studies at Iowa State were funded by grants from Nasa and the Gas Research Institute. Katragadda, who was earlier managing director of GE India Technology Centre, will [Continue Reading...]