ME lecturer focuses on engaging undergraduate students

As a young student in her home country of Italy, Paola Pittoni remembers it was strong teachers that had the greatest impact on her. Now as a mechanical engineering lecturer herself, Paola hopes that she can leave just as lasting an impact on her students. “The reason I wanted to be a lecturer is because [Continue Reading…]

School to career: ITE Midwest Student Leadership Summit explores transportation engineering

If you’re planning to be a transportation engineer, you had better be ready to meet the challenges of changing infrastructure, growing populations and evolving technologies. “There’s lots of things happening, and all of those things have to be a part of how we tackle transportation,” JoNette Kuhnau [BSCE’2000] explained. Kuhnau is an alumna of Iowa [Continue Reading…]

Experiential learning makes an impact

College is all about learning, and there’s no better way to test that knowledge than through hands-on experience. Students across the College of Engineering know experiential learning, such as internships or co-ops, is a great way to apply their coursework and prepare them for their future careers. One way students find out about such opportunities is through [Continue Reading…]

Students, faculty, staff share engineering adventure at annual CCEE Fall Picnic

Between the student organizations, the grilling hamburgers, and the guest appearance from Iowa State University’s (ISU) mascot Cy, it’s easy to get distracted at a Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Fall Picnic. But Kaoru Ikuma knows exactly why she’s at the event. “The students are why I’m here,” Ikuma says. No hesitation. On Sept. [Continue Reading…]

U.S. News rankings: Iowa State’s ag/biosystems engineering ranks No. 1, Engineering ties for 22nd among public universities

U.S. News & World Report recently released the 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings, and Iowa State University’s agricultural and biosystems engineering program was ranked the country’s best. In biological/agricultural engineering, Iowa State is the No. 1 ranked program among all national universities, and 1st among public universities, a tie with Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. The [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student recognized for wheelchair design research

Mechanical engineering graduate student Jonathan Vander Wiel was recently recognized for his research on efficient wheelchair design. Vander Wiel, who is currently in the third semester of his MS in mechanical engineering at ISU, received $1,000 for the paper he and his colleagues at LeTourneau University presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) student [Continue Reading…]

WiSE helps empower women

Iowa State cyber-security playground named finalist for R&D 100 Award

Building a strong foundation in innovation

Recent mechanical engineering grad is advancing his experience in research at UC Berkeley When Payton Goodrich participated in his high school’s robotics program, his passion for mechanical engineering ignited. The Minneapolis native brought that energy to Iowa State and excelled in the classroom and in research projects. Now, he’s starting his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, [Continue Reading…]

PrISUm: Changing the future of transportation

ISU graduate student awarded $25,000 Monsanto scholarship

Conrad Brendel, graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering, is one of 10 recipients chosen to receive a $25,000 scholarship from Monsanto Company. The scholarship is part of the Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship program, a three-year program that was started last year by Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company. The program was created to bring awareness of [Continue Reading…]

ISU MCA awarded 2016 Chapter of Excellence Grant, plans scholarship opportunities

Scott Miller’s final semester at Iowa State University (ISU) is all planned when it comes to course schedules. But the construction engineering senior knows that some lessons lie outside the classroom. “All the professors I’ve had, they’ve always emphasized it’s about who you know,” Miller said. The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) student is [Continue Reading…]