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


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

Shaun VanWeelden

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

Krishna Narayanan

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...]

Alumni named 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers

Two College of Engineering alumni made the Iowa State Alumni Association’s list of 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers. Aaron Becker graduated with a degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 and is now working to apply swarming micro-robot technology to medical MRI scanners. Matt England, 2011 aerospace engineering grad, travels the western U.S. as a [Continue Reading...]

Cimone Wright began her adventure in engineering before college

Cimone Wright Feature

Everyone knows internships provide some of the most beneficial learning experiences for students looking for a career in engineering. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cimone Wright, a senior in computer engineering, who has an impressive seven internships under her belt and an eighth planned for the upcoming summer. Wright started her first engineering [Continue Reading...]

ECpE engineer builds instrument to study effects of genes, environment on plant traits

Liang Dong

AMES, Iowa – Let’s say plant scientists want to develop new lines of corn that will better tolerate long stretches of hot, dry weather. How can they precisely assess the performance of those new plants in different environmental conditions? Field tests can provide some answers. Greenhouse tests can provide some more. But how can plant [Continue Reading...]

Engineering students excel at Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference Poster Competition

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers build software tools to assure security of smartphones


Suraj Kothari’s talk of smartphone security quickly took a turn toward sabotage and worst-case scenarios. What happens, he asked, if a soldier’s smartphone is hacked for its GPS data? What happens if an attacker drains the battery in a general’s phone and essential communication is cut off? Or, what happens if a hacked phone provides [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

Digital Lab for Manufacturing

Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

VanWeelden Feature

From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love [Continue Reading...]

ECpE, Union Pacific announce naming rights, content partnership for multimedia wall

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering announced a $150,000 partnership with Union Pacific that includes the naming rights to the multimedia wall in Coover Hall’s East entrance. The wall was renamed as the Union Pacific Multimedia Wall during a small ceremony on Feb. 12 that included representatives from both Union Pacific and ECpE. “In [Continue Reading...]

National Cyber Defense Competition at Iowa State challenges, prepares students


The holiday headlines about stolen credit and debit card numbers were a reminder that cyber security can’t be taken for granted. And so the National Cyber Defense Competition at Iowa State University is a lot more than an academic exercise. “Yes, this does matter,” said Doug Jacobson, a University Professor of electrical and computer engineering [Continue Reading...]

Information assurance coursework-only master’s program offers flexibility in growing field

Jeremiah Bristow

Data breaches like the one Target faced this holiday shopping season are a constant concern in the information assurance field. Doug Jacobson, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center, says cybersecurity is increasingly crucial as more data is stored digitally. “Hackers are getting more sophisticated [Continue Reading...]

Travis Reed: Computer engineering major sought high salary, low debt

Travis Reed chose to study computer engineering at Iowa State University in part because while growing up, he saw his dad work multiple jobs. When it came time for Reed, 20, to decide what to study in college, he made earning a good salary after graduation his top priority. Reed researched the financial benefits of [Continue Reading...]

CoE students win poster contest at LSAMP IINSPIRE conference

The LSAMP IINSPIRE Annual Conference, held at Hawkeye Community College on Nov. 8, was a winning day for both students and staff of Iowa State University. Two College of Engineering students brought home prizes for their original posters, while Katrina Williams—academic adviser in aerospace engineering—received the Outstanding Mentor Award for a faculty or staff member. [Continue Reading...]

First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

Written by Anne Krapfl The provost’s office has selected the first 22 graduate programs to receive central funding for an additional – and exceptional — doctoral student under President Steven Leath’s Presidential Scholars program announced in November. Seven of the programs selected are interdepartmental and two were submitted by two colleges. With funding available for up to [Continue Reading...]

A search engine for code

Satsy script

Kathryn Stolee’s Satsy could revolutionize the way amateur (and professional) coders search. By Michael Still Writing software is kind of like solving a puzzle,” said Kathryn Stolee, the Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor of Software Engineering. Any programmer who has suffered long hours in search of missing code can an attest to this analogy. But now, thanks [Continue Reading...]

ISU student-designed app tracks butterflies and attracts worldwide attention


Written by Teddi Barron Iowa State University News Service AMES, Iowa — An app designed by Iowa State University computer engineering students is catching the attention of butterfly researchers and monitors from Ames to Europe. The Unified Butterfly Recorder (UBR) is a fully functional app for Android phones and tablets available on Google Play store. [Continue Reading...]

Boeing promotes key leaders to position for future growth

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Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today announced the promotion of two top executives to vice chairmen, the naming of a company president and chief operating officer, and the selection of new leaders for Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Military Aircraft. Both leaders are Iowa State University Alumni. Effective Dec. 31: Dennis A. Muilenburg is named [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research team wins $1 million NSF grant for soil sustainability study

An Iowa State University research team has won a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop underground wireless sensors that could help farmers improve crop production and reduce field runoff. The grant will fund a research team headed by Ratnesh Kumar, an Iowa State professor of electrical and computer engineering. Working with electrical engineers [Continue Reading...]

FIRST LEGO League Iowa forges teamwork and leadership at Iowa State, local area communities


Teams of Iowa State University staff, students and alumni from across the state have joined forces to coordinate FIRST® LEGO® League Iowa. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that [Continue Reading...]

Jacobson named a Distinguished Member of the ACM


by Michael Still Doug Jacobson, University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He was honored, along with three other recipients in the educator category, for his accomplishments and career achievements. “To be named a distinguished educator by a group [Continue Reading...]