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...]
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...]
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...]
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
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...]
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.
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.
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.
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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.