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...]

ECpE students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

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by Michael Still The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States. Today, this program continues to recognize and support outstanding graduates in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Iowa State University students [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Lisa and Keith Allen

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra You can’t miss Lizzie’s Lunchbox. The hot-pink food truck is a bright burst of color parked between a video store and a carwash in northwest Austin, Texas. Lizzie’s belongs to Iowa State alumni Lisa (’86 business administration) and [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Renee Schmitt Shang

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Renee Schmitt Shang (’05 computer engineering) went into her senior year at Iowa State knowing that she already had a job waiting for her when she graduated. The job was working with image sensors at Micron, a company [Continue Reading...]

Several linemen distinguishing themselves in the engineering lab

At Iowa State University, there is a good partnership brewing between the football players and the engineers. In multiple cases, they are one in the same. Three offensive linemen headline a pack of aspiring engineers, who double as Cyclone football players. Daniel Burton (who started 8 games as a freshman) is majoring in mechanical engineering [Continue Reading...]

SmartAmerica Challenge spurs heightened cyber-physical systems security focus for ECpE

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Iowa State University’s participation in the SmartAmerica Challenge has instilled a renewed focus on cyber-physical systems security for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. As part of the challenge, which was organized by the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program, a team of Iowa State researchers teamed up with several industry and university partners to form the Smart [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Garret Pick

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Endless summer. That’s part of the reason Garret Pick moved to Hawaii. That, and the culture, the natural beauty, the diversity, the people, the food, and the music. “I like just about everything” about Hawaii, Garret said. The [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State remains a National Center of Academic Excellence for cyber security

Iowa State University has once again won designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education. The designation covers the academic years from 2014 to 2021. Iowa State was one of the first seven universities to earn the designation in 1999 and has had it ever since. “This goes to show our [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Ben Hahn

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra You walk into a dark room and the lights magically come on. You’re sitting at your desk and the room lights dim as the sun streams through your window. You’re away from your home, but the lights turn [Continue Reading...]

Nine faculty honored with special promotions

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Nine Iowa State faculty members received special promotions for the 2014-15 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished, University or Morrill professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored this fall at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22.

Electrical engineering alum Ryan Chapman named among CSE magazine’s 2014 40 Under 40

As the son of an electrical contractor, Ryan Chapman spent most of his summers and weekends throughout high school and college helping his father and two uncles on construction sites. The experience gained throughout his younger years helped Chapman kick-start his career path in the field of electrical consulting and engineering. Chapman earned his bachelor’s [Continue Reading...]

ECpE, MSE students harness energy from liquid crystals

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Recent graduates in electrical engineering Josh Grindeland and John Etherington, and graduates in materials engineering Tommy Geske and Trent Borman proved that it is possible to extract electrical energy from waste heat at the ECpE Senior Design Demonstration on May 30. The team had spent nine months prior designing and developing a device that uses [Continue Reading...]

Gilman Scholarship aids Maluwelmeng’s research internship in Germany

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The bi-annual Gilman Scholarship Program named Connie Maluwelmeng, a junior in electrical engineering and mathematics from Guam, as one of the 2014 summer finalists to receive financial aid to study abroad. Maluwelmeng will complete an internship at RWTH Aachen University in Germany, researching solar power. By supporting undergraduate students who might resist going abroad because [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...]

Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop

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As campus sidewalks cleared for the day, Dylan Neal settled behind a corner window and a bank of computer screens. He was devoting a recent midweek evening to a few more hours of solar car engineering. Neal, a freshman from St. Louis who’s studying mechanical engineering, was designing parts of Phaëton, Team PrISUm’s 12th solar race car. [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

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Shaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat [Continue Reading...]

Narayanan to receive Professional Progress in Engineering Award

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Krishna Narayanan (M.S.EE’94) will receive the 2014 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at the Marston Club Dinner on April 10. The award was created to recognize outstanding professional progress, personal development, and distinguished community service by engineering alumni under the age of 46. Narayanan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering [Continue Reading...]