How to hire top tech talent and keep them engaged

Enterprisers Project

It seems like most companies these days are hurting for technical talent. But Keeper Security, which provides password management and security, manages to consistently hire top developers and coders without offering outlandish salaries or jaw-dropping perks. How do they do it? In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, co-founder and CTO Craig Lurey shares some of the company’s secrets to great hiring.

Technical glitches raising concerns over computer reliance, cyber-security

Though he doesn’t think it was a cyber-attack, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admits U.S. cybersecurity is in need of vast improvements. Experts at the home of the first computer agree. Technical glitches caused The Wall Street Journal’s website to shut down, trading to stop at the New York Stock Exchange, and United Airlines to ground flights. The outages came one after the other, all on the same day.

Iowa State among top universities granted U.S. patents

Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

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The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. “But these tentacles wrap around very gently.”

Make an ISU bucket list

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Freshman year at college is a year full of firsts. It’s a year that can be spent learning about the traditions and rituals students take part in. Getting involved and learning the ins and outs of being a Cyclone during freshman year can make your time here at Iowa State more memorable. Starting to check things off your college bucket list during the first year is a great way to become familiar with campus and the city of Ames, while making friends at the same time. Here are 15 things you might put on your ISU bucket list.

Washington naval island command turned over to electrical engineering alumnus

The command of Naval Magazine Indian Island has been turned over to Cmdr. Nicholas Vande Griend, who most recently served as the electronic warfare action officer at U.S. Strategic Command. Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, commanding officer, turned over command of the Navy base, which is 4 miles from Port Hadlock, Washington to Vande Griend in a ceremony at on June 10.

Keysight Technologies recognizes distinguished technical contribution with appointment of Keysight Fellows

Bill Anklam, a 1982 Iowa State electrical engineering graduate, has been selected as a Keysight Fellow. This designation, awarded by Keysight Technologies, is reserved for the highest level of achievement for an individual contributor in the company. Anklam received this promotion through a rigorous selection process led by Jay Alexander, Keysight chief technology officer and vice president.

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.

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.

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…]