ECpE Professor wins IEEE Award for contributions to Optical Networks

This past December during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Globecom 2016 conference, Iowa State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, Ahmed Kamal, was awarded by the IEEE Communications Society Optical Networking Technical Committee (ONTC) for his contributions to optical networks. The IEEE Communications Society ONTC recognized the significance of the contributions made [Continue Reading…]

ME student attends presidential inauguration in Washington D.C.

One Iowa State University student will be part of history today as he witnesses Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Cole Ignaszewski – a sophomore studying mechanical engineering – was among a select group of Minnesota 4-H members invited for a leadership conference in Washington D.C. this week. [Continue Reading…]

Five MSE Students Enter Bladesmithing Competition

  Five materials science and engineering students recently completed their entry for the TMS Bladesmithing Competition that will take place February 26-March 2, 2017 in San Diego, California. Their entry included producing a sword blade 20-120 centimeters long made by hand/trip hammering or forge pressing. They also submitted a ten-page report, five-minute video and a [Continue Reading…]

MSE student highlight: Kaci Storm finds success in academics and athletics

As the start of spring semester begins, Kaci Storm is both celebrating and basking in her success of being a student at Iowa State University. Storm, a senior in Materials Engineering from Geneseo, Illinois, has learned to embrace her adventure at Iowa State by finding success in academics and in athletics. Her ability to balance [Continue Reading…]

ME professor helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

ME graduate student completes internship with Obama White House

Chloe McPherson – a master’s student in mechanical engineering – recently finished up her stint with the White House Internship Program under President Barack Obama for the fall 2016 semester. The Omaha, Nebraska-native was among 165 students nationwide to be selected for this opportunity. Dakota Olson, a junior majoring in Global Resource Systems at Iowa [Continue Reading…]

NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New assistant professor stays on the “edge” of geotechnical engineering research Cassandra Rutherford doesn’t want the easy answer. That’s the reason she was drawn to engineering. “I thought that it was a challenging specialty,” Rutherford explained. “You were seeking new answers and trying to answer a question that hadn’t been answered before.” This January, Rutherford [Continue Reading…]

CCEE associate professor implements new techniques for classroom learning

Associate Professor Peter Savolainen embraces team-based learning, flipped classroom method to stretch students’ abilities New teaching methods are flipping traditional classroom learning on its head. Team-based learning (TBL) helping students learn from peers. Flipped learning methods lead students to review materials outside of the classroom. Class time is then used for questions, discussion and projects. These methods [Continue Reading…]

Grace Hopper continues to inspire generations of women in engineering

Grace Hopper carries many titles: Navy admiral, computer engineer, co-creator of the term “computer bug” and most recently the posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her biggest claim to fame might be her work on Mark I, a naval computer that ran mathematical equations, which aided in the creation of the atomic bombs used [Continue Reading…]

ME freshman has five self-published novels to his name

While some students come to college with state championships, debate titles, and other accolades under their belt, one mechanical engineering student came to college with five published books to his name. Ryan Byrnes arrived in Ames via suburban St. Louis in the fall of 2016. Even though he has a passion for writing, the 19-year [Continue Reading…]

CBE’s BioMaP undergrad research program accepting applications through February 15

The application period for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering BioMaP REU undergraduate research program is now open and will run through February 15, 2017. The program will be held from May 30 – August 4, 2017. The online application form and more information about the program can be found here. A program flyer [Continue Reading…]

CCEE students honored with University Graduate College Academic Awards

Three graduate students earn honors for achievements in research, teaching The department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University (ISU CCEE) selected three graduate students for top university awards in research and teaching this semester. Two students, Zhen Cui and Liang Cao, earned the Graduate College Research Excellence Award. This award, which [Continue Reading…]