Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

Members of Cyclone Space Mining, left to right, Katie Goebel, John Heinig, Brian Jend, Nathan Beougher, David Peiffer, Phil Molnar, Alex Grant, and Faculty Adviser Jim Heise demonstrate their robotic miner on Hilo Bay Beach in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.

There they were, at 10,000 feet on the remote and rugged slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, running their robot through the same volcanic soil NASA uses to test space rovers. “This was otherworldly,” said Jim Heise, the faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining. Six teams of students from [Continue Reading...]

Dorneich named IEEE senior member

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Associate Professor Michael Dorneich was named a senior member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Senior member is the highest professional grade to which members can apply, reflecting experience, professional accomplishment and maturity. This level is attained by only 7 percent of IEEE’s 431,000 members.

Iowa State is first U.S. student team to win international data mining competition

A team of Iowa State University graduate students topped 98 other universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. Read more about the competition here. 

IE Alumni follows dreams to Hollywood, back to Iowa

Marlin Fischer, a 1980 industrial engineering alumnus, followed a unique career path after his time at Iowa State. Fischer accepted a series of jobs that led to a Hollywood career, a new company in Iowa and a career in the military. Read more about Fischer’s career here.

Fawzy receives best poster award

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Mostafa Fawzy, a graduate student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, received an award for presenting one of the top five best posters in the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference held in April at Iowa State. Fawzy’s poster, “Evaluating Sizing Fast Pyrolysis Unit for Energy Production using Pugh Concept Selection Matrix,” represents a framework of evaluation [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Jerry Allen

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra We meet Jerry Allen at the Post Office along the main highway that runs through tiny Pepeekeo, Hawaii. It is raining. We follow him back along the highway and onto a heavily rutted road that takes us to [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

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C G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can [Continue Reading...]

Gilbert gives talk on interdisciplinary research

Stephen Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, gave a keynote address on the challenges of interdisciplinary research at the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference at Iowa State this spring. Gilbert’s talk, “The Pros and Cons of Interdisciplinary Research”, focused on the challenges researchers face as well as useful traits [Continue Reading...]

Cyclone Space Mining ready to defend title at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Members of Cyclone Space Mining assemble the team's robot during a recent workday in a campus lab. Left to right are Robert Prucha, a sophomore from Missouri Valley; Brandon Keesling, a sophomore from Oskaloosa; and Jim Heise, the team's faculty adviser. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Even though other teams have started to copy some of their winning ideas, the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining feel good about defending last year’s NASA championship. “That’s all right,” David Peiffer, a junior in industrial engineering from Marion and the president of Iowa State’s robotic mining club, said of the copycat teams. “We’ve had issues in the past and [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Sandy Blank Carosella

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Sandy Blank Carosella’s description of Lancaster County, Pa., was just too good to pass up. “There is a wonderful mix of the arts scene, agriculture, education, and history here,” she wrote in response to our request for story [Continue Reading...]

ISU industrial engineers will help new public-private lab design the future

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Three industrial engineering departments are partners in a new digital manufacturing and design innovation national institute, and Janis Terpenny couldn’t be more pleased. Terpenny, the Joseph Walkup Professor and Department Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, is the technical lead for the advanced manufacturing enterprise area in the newly awarded [Continue Reading...]

Revived IMSE product design course emphasizes teamwork

Kellie McGrath learned about the importance of teamwork, something vital to practicing engineers, when she redesigned the Pringles chips can. The project was for IE 576 Human Factors in Product Design, a graduate-level course that McGrath, a graduate teaching assistant of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, says was big on team-based learning. The course re-started [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...]

IE students learn history of campus art manufacturing at Iowa State

Industrial engineering students in a solidification processes course learned about the mold making and casting processes used to create art for Iowa State’s campus. Students enrolled in the industrial engineering course I E 348, instructed by Professor Frank Peters, attended a lecture in Morrill Hall to “gain another perspective of the processes and capabilities” that [Continue Reading...]

Kirpes takes second place in national paper competition

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Carl Kirpes, a graduate student in systems engineering, received second place in the IIE Construction Student paper competition this spring. The paper, entitled “Integrating Project Estimating & Cash Flow Analysis to Develop Companywide Resource Loading Projections,” was influenced by work Kirpes completed at GENESYS Systems Integrator in Kansas City. This was his first entry into the [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...]

Undergraduates present research projects

IE students who participated in the Undergraduate Research Program this spring presented their findings in a showcase on April 17. Participation in the research program has led to nearly a fourth of these students pursuing further education after completing their undergraduate degrees. The program has been in place for three semesters and is the only [Continue Reading...]

IE student presents research at Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Sullivan Stewart, sophomore in industrial engineering, was one of the students picked by his professor to present his research at the eighth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the Memorial Union on April 15. Stewart’s research centered on finding a repeatable process to create “tissue engineered scaffolds” that would allow cartilage to grow outside of the [Continue Reading...]

IE student named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior

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Industrial engineering senior Benjamin Paul Jacobson recently received the Wallace E Barron Award All-University Senior Award. The award is an honor of the Iowa State Alumni Association and recognizes five outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community involvement and promise to continue these exemplary qualities as alumni. Jacobson is the [Continue Reading...]

Laabs receives award in IIE Conference paper competition

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Industrial engineering graduate student Heidi Laabs received second place in the Rapid City Regional IIE Conference Paper Competition. Laabs submitted a technical paper about a class project and presented her work to judges at the conference. Papers entered in the competition were judged based on their depth and originality of subject, written excellence, and excellence of oral presentation.

IE student elected vice president of GSB

Mike Hoefer, a junior in industrial engineering from Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been elected vice president of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body for 2014-2015. As vice president, Hoefer will manage the internal affairs and projects of GSB. He will chair the senate meetings and work closely with cabinet members to ensure completion of [Continue Reading...]

IMSE graduate program ranks in top third of schools

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering ranks No. 25 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 16th overall.  This is a big jump up from last year’s rankings, which were 31st nationally and 24th among public institutions. These rankings reflect the department’s [Continue Reading...]

IE alumnus promoted to Senior VP of Engine Products at Donaldson Company

Thomas R. Scalf, BSIE’89, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Engine Products, from his current role as Vice President of Global Industrial Air Filtration. Scalf joined Donaldson in 1989 and has held a number of key roles including Plant Manager in the US and Europe, Director of Operations, and General Manager in the Exhaust and [Continue Reading...]

Engineering duo elected to lead ISU GSB

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Combining a passion to help others with a drive to solve problems, Hillary Kletscher and Mike Hoefer are ready to take on the challenge of being president and vice president, respectively, of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body. Kletscher, a junior in biosystems from the small farming community of Vesta, Minn., has a strong [Continue Reading...]

CELT announces recipients of Miller Faculty Fellowships

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) has announced the 2014-15 Miller Faculty Fellowships. Out of a record 26 applications, six projects were funded for a total of $60,000. Miller Faculty Fellowships provide faculty members with opportunities to enhance their scholarly work in undergraduate academic programs and develop innovative ways to enhance student learning. [Continue Reading...]