Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Fireshark’s immersive game theater is like laser tag—only way, way better

The Fireshark platform offers unique social gameplay across the floor and along four walls.

Kent Johnson, founder of Wichita-based Fireshark Gaming and 1990 ISU electrical engineering graduate, came up with the idea for an immersive theater 18 months ago out of a desire to create something for his teenage sons to enjoy. “He has three sons, all in high school and middle school,” said Jake Williams, General Manager. “He was taking [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

Senior lecturer Simanta Mitra coaches team members Tyler Uhlenkamp, senior in software engineering, and Jacob Smith, freshman in software engineering, for a computer programming contest. The team will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to compete against 127 teams from around the world.

A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities. Their coach, Simanta Mitra, a [Continue Reading…]

Faculty positions announced for 2015-16

The state Board of Regents approved 70 Iowa State faculty promotion or tenure awards for the 2015-16 year during its April 23 meeting at the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. The full list is posted on the provost’s website. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 [Continue Reading…]

Faculty receive special recognition

Brent Shanks

Ten Iowa State faculty members received special awards for the 2015-16 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished and University Professor, and four have been named Morrill Professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored Sept. 21 at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony. Distinguished Professor The [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2015 commencement

Olivia Janusz

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Olivia Janusz, industrial engineering major and concurrent master’s degree student, will serve as College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2015 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by Richard Stone, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the ceremony [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State developing nation’s first school curriculum for computer security literacy

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Iowa State University researchers are developing the nation’s first computer security literacy curriculum designed for middle school and high school students. During the IT-Olympics computer competition for high school students April 24-25 at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State cyber security experts will lead a workshop to introduce teachers to the curriculum and its learning [Continue Reading…]

Hot Lotto scandal prompts security changes

Lottery officials say they have made changes to make sure their games are secure and fair in connection with allegations that a former security director rigged a Hot Lotto winning ticket worth $14.3 million. Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, was scheduled to stand trial Monday on two counts of fraud, more than four years after prosecutors [Continue Reading…]

Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses

The city of Ames held its first annual EcoFair, formerly the Energy Fair, on Saturday to give Ames residents the chance to learn more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances and other environmental issues. Participants at this years’ EcoFair had the opportunity to talk with city of Ames staff, interact with vendors [Continue Reading…]

Comedy troupe represents benefits of working together

Imagine being on stage. The spotlight is shining, everyone is silent and the audience waits eagerly for a move to be made. Nervous? This is exactly what improvisationial comedy troupe Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival experiences during shows at the Maintenance Shop twice a month. Grandma Mojo’s is a group of approximately 10 students who meet [Continue Reading…]

Five engineering alumni named STATEment Makers by Alumni Association

Iowa ‘STATEment Makers’ is an honor that recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University’s young alumni (graduates 32 years of age and under). Nominations are sought annually for‘STATEment Makers’ who have made differences in their own lives, the lives of others, their communities, and/or their professions through ambitious [Continue Reading…]

Global Gala brings cultures together

Colorful flags from all over the globe adorned the walls in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union as students prepared for the Global Gala, a live show celebrating Iowa State’s diversity. This was the setting for the 10th annual Global Gala on Friday night.  A total of seven acts performed at the event, including [Continue Reading…]

​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program

Iowa State University has announced the 18 students selected to make up the inaugural class of a new leadership opportunity for students for the 2015-2016 academic year, sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company. Following their application, 54 students proceeded to the interview process managed by University faculty in the Leadership [Continue Reading…]

Daily reporter gets hacked

Doug Jacobson

One hour is how long it could take for my identity to be stolen. And that’s how long it took three graduate students to create a website façade that would allow them to see the password that could lead them to my social security number, my identity. With today’s push in mobile technology, people may [Continue Reading…]

Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid

Ian Dobson

America’s power grid, providing electricity to hundreds of millions of homes and businesses, has come under attack more than 360 times in the past three years from hackers, thieves and vandals, according to a USA TODAY review of federal data. Five of the incidents, from 2011 to 2014, were reported by Iowa’s electric utilities, which [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering alumnus mentors Iowa State grads building solutions for the insurance market

Brian Hemesath

Brian Hemesath’s entrepreneurial drive has landed him in a position to help fellow Cyclones’ business opportunities As the managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator, Brian Hemesath says he’s in a position to help others succeed with their own businesses. The 1999 computer engineering alumnus adds that working with Iowa State engineers, people he calls [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]

DeQuan Burnside: Virtually connecting communities and student organizations

DeQuan Burnside

Software engineering sophomore designs collaboration software to launch in fall 2015 Creating a successful business model, coding an award-winning app and winning an all-expense paid trip to California – these remarkable accomplishments are just the beginning for software engineering sophomore DeQuan Burnside. Burnside and his business partner, Mac Liu, freshman in computer science, have designed [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty honored by Plant Sciences Institute

Ludovico Cademartiri

Five engineering researchers selected as PSI Faculty Scholars The Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has awarded funding to investigators in three colleges in an effort to stimulate high-risk, high-reward research in the plant sciences. The awards are part of the Plant Sciences Institute’s Faculty Scholars program. The new initiative was spearheaded by PSI director Patrick Schnable [Continue Reading…]

Kumar elected IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer

Kumar Moth Web

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…]

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…]

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.
(Emily Matson)

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…]

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

Doug Jacobson

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…]

Engineering students take part in 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship

Several members of the ISU weight club will travel to Dubuque, Iowa to join about 70 lifters from across the Midwest at the 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.  “Some of our lifters will potentially break some lifting records for this particular federation of powerlifting.  Others will simply be trying [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…]