Karl Gschneidner, “Mr. Rare Earth,” celebrates 85th birthday with colloquium

Written by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs While scientists often talk about their life’s work, few lives have been fuller than that of Ames Laboratory’s Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. who’s being honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals with a colloquium on his 85th birthday, Monday, Nov. 16. Gschneidner [Continue Reading…]

Impactful women at ISU honored in Catt Center calendar

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics has awarded 12 women at Iowa State with a spot in the 10th annual Women Impacting ISU calendar.

MSE distinguished professor honored for advancements in ceramics education

Steve W. Martin is selected as Ceramic Education Council’s Outstanding Educator For more than 29 years, Steve W. Martin has been teaching at Iowa State, making advancements in research and passing on his knowledge through glass and ceramics courses. The distinguished professor of materials science and engineering was honored for his educational work on Monday, [Continue Reading…]

Dean’s Blog guest post: A course in engineering for future educators

The Toying With TechnologySM (TWT) Program in the College of Engineering at ISU brings engineering education to future K-12 teachers. Larry Genalo (University Professor, Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, and associate chair in the MSE Department) shares some history on the program and future plans for TWT.  Recently, the State of Iowa [Continue Reading…]

2015 alumni awards conferred at Homecoming

Five with ties to engineering were recognized on October 30 At the 2015 Honors and Awards Ceremony, five  engineering alumni were recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association, the College of Business and the College of Engineering. The event, which celebrated its 84th year, was held at Benton Auditorium in the Scheman Building on Friday, [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students team up for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

In June 2015, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, issued a challenge. He established an open competition geared towards university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. Andrew Kitahara, a senior in materials engineering, and Brandon Klosterman, a senior in [Continue Reading…]

Peter Collins: Diverse applications to engage students

“Materials matter. Everything’s made of something.” Materials science and engineering’s new associate professor, Peter Collins, knows exactly why his field is important. “So many economic sectors depend upon advanced materials, including the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as applications for cell phones and devices. Materials science is the act of getting down to the [Continue Reading…]

Professor emeritus and Ames Lab associate scientist Jack F. Smith passes away

This was written in partnership with the Ames Laboratory. Long-time MSE professor and Ames Laboratory scientist John (Jack) F. Smith died Sept. 26, 2015. Smith began a 40-year career at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory in 1948, where he was a professor of metallurgy and a senior scientist. He served as chairman of ISU’s [Continue Reading…]

Provost’s office selects fellows for ISU Advance and faculty recognition program

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has selected Lisa Larson and Surya Mallapragada for faculty fellowships for 2015-17. “Lisa and Surya are highly respected faculty leaders who will do an outstanding job serving their colleagues,” said Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost for faculty. “Their efforts to enhance faculty development and recognition will have a significant impact on the university.”

MSE lecturer builds on experiences at Iowa State

Support during graduate school opened path to career in teaching A big part of being an undergraduate student involves new experiences that help you decide where you’ll end up next. For Tim Cullinan, a new lecturer for Iowa State’s materials science and engineering department, tutoring and serving as a teaching assistant got him thinking about [Continue Reading…]

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.

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…]