Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop

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As campus sidewalks cleared for the day, Dylan Neal settled behind a corner window and a bank of computer screens. He was devoting a recent midweek evening to a few more hours of solar car engineering. Neal, a freshman from St. Louis who’s studying mechanical engineering, was designing parts of Phaëton, Team PrISUm’s 12th solar race car. [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

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Shaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat [Continue Reading...]

All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Four Iowa State University Honors students with ties to the College of Engineering received Goldwater Scholarships in March. The program is the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The students—Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; William Lindemann, senior in materials science engineering and mathematics; Rachel Philiph, senior in materials science engineering; [Continue Reading...]

Yin Bao, ABE PhD candidate, profiled by Graduate College

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Yin Bao is a PhD student in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. He received his B.E. degree in Vehicle Engineering from China Agricultural University in 2012. He is currently working on an automated high-throughput field phenotyping robot for biomass sorghum under Dr. Lie Tang’s guidance. This project has the potential to take plant breeding programs [Continue Reading...]

IE student named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior

Industrial engineering senior Benjamin Paul Jacobson recently received the Wallace E Barron Award All-University Senior Award. The award is an honor of the Iowa State Alumni Association and recognizes five outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community involvement and promise to continue these exemplary qualities as alumni. Jacobson is the [Continue Reading...]

Construction engineering students named Iowa State exemplary peer mentors

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Two construction engineering students, senior Alex Buscher and junior Maggie Holt, were recently recognized for their exceptional dedication to student mentoring. Both Buscher and Holt earned a 2013-2014 Iowa State University Exemplary Peer Mentor Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement by peer mentors working with learning community students. The Iowa State University Learning Communities [Continue Reading...]

Stinn, ABE PhD candidate, profiled by Graduate College

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John Stinn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). Hailing from southwest Iowa, John grew up on a livestock farm and developed strong passion for animal agriculture, mathematics, and engineering at a young age. Enrolling into ABE at ISU ­ the place where the world¹s first degree of agricultural [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering student follows in father’s footsteps on a National Student Exchange program

The following is an excerpt from an April 1 Iowa State University News Service release: AMES, Iowa — Next fall, an Iowa State University student will experience a National Student Exchange (NSE) to the University of Alabama — just like his father did 31 years ago as a college student in North Dakota. It was [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...]

Ryan Francois named Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior

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Civil engineering senior Ryan Francois recently received the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, an honor the Iowa State University Alumni Association granted to five graduating seniors this year who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Established in 1968, Francois is the [Continue Reading...]

Shao grows yeast to economically convert biomass to biorenewables

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Zengyi Shao, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, grows genetically engineered yeast to address pentose utilization in mixed sugars. Shao says this is “a critical challenge in biomass utilization” in order to economically produce biorenewable fuels and chemicals. Shao recently received a one-year, $75,000 Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant for [Continue Reading...]

Solberg wins 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year award

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Michael Solberg, senior in mechanical engineering, was presented the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year Award on Feb. 26. The award recognizes student employees for their hard work and achievements at Iowa State University. Solberg works at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm near Boone, Iowa. “I do everything from grounds keeping to assisting in facility [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus helped build Durham Center, first Iowa State concrete canoe

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Dick Netley (BSCE’73, MSCE’77) has had the privilege to design structures near and far and even part of Iowa State University’s history. His inspiration to design buildings sparked at age 11. His father built the family cabin on Whitefish Lake, Minn., about 100 miles north of Minneapolis. “He actually cut down the trees himself, hauled [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State civil engineering graduate program increases ranking

Iowa State University’s civil engineering graduate program improved its ranking in the most recent U.S. News and World Report. Based on a survey of 145 civil engineering graduate programs in the U.S., both private and public, Iowa State’s program ranks No. 31 (No. 20 among public civil engineering programs). Rank has improved by one from the 2013 [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...]

Guest Post: Campus clubs act as support networks for students

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Cara Petrie (pictured on the right) is a senior in chemical engineering and the current president of Society for Women Engineers. Katherine Krettek (pictured on the left) is a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish and the president-elect for SWE.  Iowa State’s many campus clubs and organizations are great resources for students [Continue Reading...]

Engineering students excel at Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference Poster Competition

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...]

BSE student voted Government of the Student Body President

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Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 president of the Government of the Student Body, looks forward to starting a new chapter in GSB. Kletscher is a junior in biological systems engineering. Her running mate, Mike Hoefer, is a junior in industrial engineering. “Our campaign went really well and we had a lot of fun,” Kletscher said. “[Mike Hoefer, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State, Italy researchers collaborate on structural health monitoring

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Two cultures collaborate to develop novel structural detection methods. Researchers from Iowa State University and University of Perugia (Italy) compare U.S. patented soft elastomeric surface sensors with Italian cement-based embeddable sensors. Both of these technologies are being developed as novel nanocomposite solutions to dynamic structural monitoring. The goal is to provide cost-effective solutions for locally [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researcher invited to leading U.S. high school nanotechnology lab

Peter Taylor mentors Wheeling High School students in their first-of-its-kind U.S. public high school nanotechnology lab.

Peter Taylor, associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, recently partnered with a nationally recognized high school for nanotechnology research and practice. Wheeling High School (Chicago, Ill.) invited Taylor Feb. 21 to speak with high school students and demonstrate nanotechnology laboratory practices with concrete. Wheeling [Continue Reading...]

Grain quality lab prepares students, samples

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Hands-on and first-hand are often terms associated with undergraduate research on campus. Students who aim to further their education or go into industry benefit greatly from their experiences in the many laboratories housed here. But the Iowa State University Grain Quality Laboratory (GQL) encourages their student workers to go beyond those terms by adding efficient [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...]