SME magazine recognizes Jane Karpinsky with a “30 under 30” award

VRAC and HCI alumni Jane Karpinsky was recently recognized by SME Mechanical Engineering magazine with their annual “30 under 30” award that recognizes the future leaders in manufacturing. Jane earned the award for her work at Boeing. Jane worked as an undergraduate research assistant in VRAC. Her assistantship was funded through a National Science Foundation Research Experiences [Continue Reading…]

Parks Library welcomes Mega chess

Something unique was in the Parks Library lobby Saturday — a 64-square foot chessboard with 25-inch kings. Chess to Impress is part of a campus-wide campaign with a goal of raising $415,000 this year for the United Way, a local branch of a nationwide relief program.

So many people, so little food: Helping feed the world through genomics

According to the United Nations, the world’s population will be over 9 billion by 2050 and over 11 billion by the next century. That’s a lot of souls for which the world’s farmers — both agriculturists and aquaculturists — must produce nutrient-rich foods. In 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a High Level Experts Forum in Rome to discuss food needs around the planet.

Engineering faculty and staff to be honored with university awards

Faculty and staff recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards will be honored Monday, Sept. 21, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Eleven from engineering will receive honors.

2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Dave Denison, 39

Director, DeltaV Product Marketing; Emerson Process Management; Round Rock, Texas
BS Computer Engineering, Iowa State University; MBA, St. Edward’s University. Over the past 16 years at Emerson Process Management, Denison has shown a proven ability to collaborate cross-functionally to create a compelling product and technology vision based on customer needs and new innovations.

Faculty and staff recognized during 2015 College of Engineering Convocation

On Sept. 15, Sarah Rajala, dean and James & Katherine Melsa Professor of Engineering, welcomed College of Engineering faculty and staff to the start of the new year with the 2015 Convocation. During the presentation, she discussed the past year’s accomplishments and goals for the next year, provided a financial update, and recognized new faculty and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State awarded NSF Global City Teams Challenge project

Part of $40 million White House Smart Cities Initiative A team of researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University was awarded one of 12 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) research projects by the National Science Foundation this week. The GCTC, a joint initiative of the National Institute of Standards [Continue Reading…]

Records: Energy Department struck by cyber attacks

Cyber attackers successfully compromised the security of U.S. Department of Energy computer systems more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014, according to a review of federal records obtained by USA TODAY.

College of Engineering enrollment 9,312

This fall, the College of Engineering has an enrollment of 9,312 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 8,789.

Undergraduate enrollment of 7,949 is up from 7,523 last year, and graduate enrollment of 1,363 is up from 1,266. Engineering continues to be the largest college on campus.

Managing big data with efficient algorithms and software

Electrical and computer engineering professor devises technology that helps transform data into usable information. Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a big change in the ecosystem of software and hardware for data processing. Srikanta Tirthapura, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, says this change is being driven by favorable economic [Continue Reading…]

How to hire top tech talent and keep them engaged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…]