Susan Heller: Engineering to a career in medicine

Susan Heller

1981 IMSE alumna uses engineering degree to excel in medical school From storming the football field after a win against Nebraska to all of her engineering knowledge “clicking” during thermodynamics, Susan Heller’s experience at Iowa State was more than she could have ever imagined. Heller, who graduated in a 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in [Continue Reading...]

Sarah Ryan featured in IE Magazine

An article written by Sarah Ryan, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and her former student Xiang Wu was featured in the September 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer (IE) Magazine.  IE Magazine is the member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The article, “Joint Optimization of Asset and Inventory Management in a Product-Service [Continue Reading...]

Watson receives ISU Alumni Medal

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Stephen L. Watson (BSIE’67) received a 2014 Alumni Medal from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Watson will be presented the award at the 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Benton Auditorium of the Scheman Building in Ames. The ISU Alumni Association established this award in 1948 to [Continue Reading...]

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering chair presents at Board of Regents meeting

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Janis Terpenny talks about the Center for e-Design and Iowa State’s role in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. On September 10, 2014, IMSE Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny provided the Board of Regents with an overview of some important research that’s taking place at Iowa State’s campus. One topic included the [Continue Reading...]

Mingyi Hong: Interacting with students and developing better ways of life

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New IMSE professor brings interdisciplinary background and optimization research to ISU “Joining the faculty of ISU,” answered Mingyi Hong about the best part of his career so far. Hong was recently hired as assistant professor in the IMSE department. He decided to join Iowa State’s faculty because of the university’s strong engineering college and partnerships [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

Chen and Zhang take second in MOPTA Competition

IE graduate students Bokan Chen and Leilei Zhang won second place in the MOPTA (Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Application) 2014 competition. They presented their work August 13-15 at Lehigh University and were advised by Lizhi Wang. The following description appears on the competition website: “The management of the electricity system is fundamentally changing and becoming increasingly challenging. This [Continue Reading...]

Alumni profile: John Lanman

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A little over fifty years after graduating from Iowa State, many memories are still close to the surface for John Lanman, a 1963 graduate in industrial engineering. “I think of myself as being extremely interested in data and information, I remember going to the library at ISU and being amazed at the periodical room,” Lanman [Continue Reading...]

IE senior leads new ISU student organization

Steven Way, senior in industrial engineering, combined his passions for soccer and giving back to others to create a new student organization at Iowa State. The organization, Pencils of Promise (PoP) at Iowa State University, is a service organization that is part of an international mission to build sustainable schooling programs in four countries around [Continue Reading...]

Sarah Ryan selected to present at IEEE meeting

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Professor Sarah Ryan presented at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting July 28 in National Harbor, Md. The paper, “Scenario Reduction for Stochastic Unit Commitment with Wind Penetration,” was authored by Ryan and PhD student Yonghan Feng and named one of the Best Conference Papers submitted.

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

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...]