Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

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A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

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Kelsey Regan has always had a love for the environment and adventure. As a former runner, Regan trained with Iowa State’s track and field and cross-country teams her first year of college. She left the team when she became injured and realized she wouldn’t continue running much longer. Looking for a new adventure, she took [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

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Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

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Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth, specifically how variations in climate and soil characteristics affect root growth. That requires highly controlled environments that expose whole plants to environmental [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering senior Alma Marquez looks to give back to community

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Alma Marquez, a senior in chemical engineering from Des Moines, Iowa, was part of a science-related scholarship program starting in eighth grade, called Science Bound, that led her to Iowa State. As a student here, she’s given her time to rigorous engineering courses, internships, peer mentor groups and various volunteer opportunities. When she decided to study [Continue Reading...]

Michaela Antolak: ‘If I can’t be an astronaut, I’ll build the rockets’

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A strict series of physical requirements must be met in order to earn the coveted position of a NASA astronaut: 20/20 corrected vision, 140/90 blood pressure, and a height between 62 and 75 inches. At 5 feet tall, only two inches separated Michaela Antolak from her lifelong dream. Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, [Continue Reading...]

Courtnee Jackson, sophomore in aerospace engineering, finds her passion through internships

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Like many engineers, Courtnee Jackson excelled at math and science in high school, which led her principal to introduce her to an aerospace engineering major. The St. Louis, Mo. native took an interest in the subject, but more so in the fact that her new friend was a female in engineering. “I felt like she [Continue Reading...]

Cimone Wright began her adventure in engineering before college

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Everyone knows internships provide some of the most beneficial learning experiences for students looking for a career in engineering. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cimone Wright, a senior in computer engineering, who has an impressive seven internships under her belt and an eighth planned for the upcoming summer. Wright started her first engineering [Continue Reading...]

BSE combines engineering and life sciences to create a new generation of professionals

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The biological systems engineering (BSE) program at Iowa State University teaches students how to use life sciences and engineering principles together to solve complex problems, such as those related to food security and next generation biofuels. It’s a diverse program that lets students tailor their educational experiences to their interests through an option structure that [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...]

Chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez finds world of opportunities at Iowa State

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Originally from Chicago, chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez had no interest in coming to Iowa State. It wasn’t until she had the opportunity to visit the university for an event now called Multicultural Scholars Preview that she discovered the close-knit community here and decided she wanted to be a part of it. “I felt really welcomed when [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alum says ISU degree gave him competitive edge in transportation industry

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In 2011, Bob Paulsen—a 1974 civil engineering alumnus—retired from his position as CEO of Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (PBSJ), after many years of transportation research, design and management. But it was actually by accident that Paulsen enrolled in civil engineering all those years ago. When he began his first year at Iowa State, Paulsen [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

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Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

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From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love [Continue Reading...]

Resource Hub – a network of readily available equipment and services for ISU students

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From airplanes to Mars rovers, students can find every tool they need to complete their projects through the Undergraduate Resource Hub at Iowa State University. The Resource Hub is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the College of Design to share construction, machining and fabrication equipment and personnel. “Having those services and [Continue Reading...]

Greg Brown finds interest in biomechanics, orthopedics through ME degree

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As an alumnus of five universities, including Harvard and MIT, 1983 Iowa State graduate Greg Brown has put his talents to use around the world. From Iowa to Massachusetts and Canada to New Zealand, his journey has taken him from engineering to the medical field. Now, Brown reflects on his time at Iowa State and [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus promotes environmental sustainability in Thailand

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A love for food, people and the environment inspired Thanapong “Jack” Duangmanee to pursue a career in environmental engineering. Duangmanee began his studies in food technology at Chulaohngkorn University, Thailand. During his time there, he took an environmental engineering class that introduced him to practices that environmental engineers could implement to improve the quality of [Continue Reading...]

Five questions for agricultural engineering alumnus Bret Euken

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Bret Euken graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering. He is currently a process water recovery supervisor for the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) plant in Muscatine, Iowa. Why did you choose ISU? I knew I wanted to study engineering, and I knew that ISU had a great engineering school. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s icing wind tunnel blows cold and hard to study ice on wings, turbine blades

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From somewhere back behind the Iowa State University Icing Research Tunnel, Rye Waldman called out to see if Hui Hu was ready for a spray of cold water. The wind tunnel was down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A cylindrical model was in place inside the 10-inch-by-10-inch test section. The wind was blowing through the machine [Continue Reading...]

Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship awarded to Kate Klavon

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Kate Klavon—a senior in agricultural engineering—has always been interested in the environment, and her time at Iowa State has been devoted to preparing herself to find solutions to environmental problems. With the help of the Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship, Klavon has been able to pursue her interests in agriculture and the environment. She has [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State Associated General Contractors chapter named America’s best

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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Iowa State University chapter recently received its ninth first place award in the AGC Outstanding Student Chapter Contest. The first place award recognizes the U.S. student chapter that best undertakes a project that benefits the local community – whether it’s the school campus, a community organization or private [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus bridges gaps across the world

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When Mike LaViolette was eight years old, he would spend afternoons at his grandpa’s farm watching construction workers operate cranes and place concrete as they built a bridge across a nearby county road. Later on, he went on family-driving vacations that often journeyed across bridges to reach the destination, which includes crossing the Mackinac Bridge [Continue Reading...]

Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence

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A passion for the fundamental sciences and for things that grow motivate Ludovico Cademartiri, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering, as he develops methods for making new materials using polymers and crystals at Iowa State University. In a recent study, Cademartiri led a team of scientists that researched the formation and properties of [Continue Reading...]

Young engineering couple thrives in Silicon Valley

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When Keegan and Melissa (Wiechert) Gartner met on the HABET (High Altitude Balloon Experiments in Technology) team at Iowa State, they were both undergrads studying engineering. Keegan was working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering while Melissa was earning hers in aerospace engineering. The couple came to know each other through mutual friends, and [Continue Reading...]

Esteemed ABE professor Thomas Glanville retires after 36 years

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Thomas Glanville, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and self-declared environmentalist, is wrapping up the final semester in his long run at Iowa State, which began back in the 1960s when he began his education here. Glanville earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering operations from Iowa State in 1972, worked at the Caterpillar Tractor Company [Continue Reading...]