Joseph Miller, a recent Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2013 Zaffarano Prize, which recognizes superior performance in publishable research by a graduate student. A check for $1,500 and a plaque was presented to Miller by the Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Xi, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers, [...]
Doug Jacobson, University Professor of electrical and computer engineering and IEEE fellow, was presented with a 2012 Major Educational Innovation Award from the IEEE Educational Activities Board at a ceremony held in Austin, Texas, February 15. The award recognized Jacobson’s career in instruction and educational outreach, citing him for “creating innovative materials that support the [...]
AMES – Sarah Rajala (RYE-ah-lah) will become the next dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State University on April 1, 2013. Rajala has been dean of engineering at Mississippi State University since 2008. “Iowa State’s engineering students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire campus community, were excited to hear Dr. [...]
Iowa State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost has announced that David Oliver, professor of genetics, development and cell biology, and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), has been named interim vice president of research and economic development for Iowa State, effective January 1, 2013. He will succeed [...]
Steve Lavrenz, who just earned a master’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in statistics, graduated Iowa State in style this fall. He was awarded both the fall 2011 Iowa State Research Excellence Award and a prestigious doctoral fellowship at Purdue University. Nominated by CCEE Assistant Professor Dr. Nadia Gkritza, Lavrenz earned the Iowa [...]
Four mechanical engineering graduate students received research and teaching excellence awards for the Fall 2011 semester. Lin Liu, Joseph Miller and Yufeng Wu received research excellence awards, and Nathan Johnson received a teaching excellence award. These awards recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by graduate students in research and teaching. These students were nominated by their [...]
Seven mechanical engineering students were appointed as a Seward, Ratcliffe, and Galloway Foundation Mechanical Engineering Fellow for the 2011 academic year. This year’s winners include Marisol Martinez, Can Zhu, Yannan Zhang, Zhuoru Wu, Bethany Juhnke, Joanna Peddicord, and for Spring 2012, Chloe Dedic. The fellowship includes a stipend of $4000 for the academic year, and [...]
Kyle Debelak, senior in materials engineering, has been named the College of Engineering student marshal for the fall 2011 commencement ceremonies scheduled for December 17. He will be accompanied by Steve Martin, Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering (MSE). Debelak will graduate with honors in materials engineering—with an emphasis on ceramics and polymers—and German. [...]
Chemical engineering Professor Kurt Hebert has been published, again, in Nature Materials, one of the world’s leading physical science journals. Hebert’s article titled “Morphological instability leading to formation of porous anodic oxide films,” is based on his research with electrochemical oxidation of metals such as aluminum and titanium to form surface oxide films. These films [...]
Douglas Jacobson, University professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Iowa State Information Assurance Center, was recently recognized with a 2011 Security 7 Award from the Information Security magazine for his work with information security education. Each year, the magazine honors seven professionals who have done work in the realm of information [...]
Iowa State Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Lecturer Beth Hartmann has been selected to be an assistant mentor for the 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ASCE ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop at Florida Gulf Coast University. The workshop will take place June 23-29, 2012. Hartmann attended the workshop last summer at [...]
Finding success in the energy industry and now pursuing a career in the audio industry, David Slump’s determined attitude and need for constant challenge demonstrates that engineers can find opportunities in non-traditional places. Growing up outside Chicago, Slump knew he wanted to attend a university that offered a hands-on engineering experience. Iowa State offered him [...]
On April 30, 2011, more than 2,000 girls and adults gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines for the Believe in Girls (BIG) event. Hosted by the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, BIG placed special emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, as well as arts, culture, and community service. As [...]
Helping shift the United States to an agricultural-based economy has taken a life of its own at Iowa State University Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Since 2002, students, faculty, and staff have been working to develop the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred program, which was implemented to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University is committed to involving the center in meaningful collaborations with pre-college entities, engaging K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the role these fields have in solving global challenges.
The community of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, is motivated to prepare students for leadership in the 21st Century. Through its Engineering Leadership Program, the school district builds imagination, creativity, and collaboration into its curriculum by offering engineering classes at all grade levels. And the students there are examples that the passion for engineering can begin as early as preschool. Read about the community in an INNOVATEonline story.
Laura Christianson, a graduate student in Iowa State’s agricultural and biosystems engineering program, is among 14 engineers who were selected as one of this year’s New Faces of Engineering by the National Engineers Week Foundation. She studies how to mitigate water pollution through natural process and was nominated for the award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Hundreds of Iowa 9- to 14-year-olds have been working for months to get their LEGO robots to perform simulations of challenges faced by biomedical engineers. The students will show off their engineering skills and compete for top honors during the Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship.
Working with professors from Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Washington, Krishna Rajan is developing a new materials science paradigm to design advanced devices made from nano and microelectromechanical systems (N/MEMS). The project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Doug Jacobson, director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center and a university professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Fellow is the highest grade of membership in IEEE. “It is an honor to be recognized among many other individuals who [...]
A proposal to more effectively apply technology in rural India has resulted in Colton Kennedy, a junior in mechanical engineering, being awarded the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship.
The new Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL), formally dedicated on September 17, establishes a visible “front door” to the university’s programs in biorenewables.
The earlier students can begin learning about energy, the better off society will be—that’s the philosophy of a group of Iowa State University engineering faculty working to develop sustainable educational programs in the area of energy and energy systems. Ted Heindel, interim chair of mechanical engineering, Tom Brumm, professor in-charge of online learning, and Ron Cox, associate dean of extension, received a $500,000 grant from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence that was matched by Iowa State to launch these programs by March 2012.
While official enrollment numbers for the fall semester won’t be in until after Labor Day, the numbers from summer orientation point to yet another year of growth in the College of Engineering. Attendance at orientation in June was up 6 percent from the previous year. A total of 1,269 students attended, which exceeded the numbers [...]