Students showcase work at research symposium

Ryan Hall

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering student earns runner-up at inaugural GPSS Conference

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  Dimitrios Kalliontzis, a master’s student in structural engineering, was a runner-up at the first Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Research Conference, held at the College of Design on April 4. Kalliontzis came in second place for his oral presentation entitled, “Dynamic Decay of Rocking Precast Concrete Members.”  He was one [Continue Reading...]

Kruse, AST senior, talks internship experience

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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...]

Multicultural Learning Community Explores Biorenewables

Nineteen curious undergraduates gathered with five peer mentors in the lobby of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) at Iowa State University for the annual “BRL Experience” on April 4. This event gives undergraduate students an opportunity to meet bioenergy researchers and graduate students, and tour the BRL engineering research labs. Throughout the visit, the undergraduate [Continue Reading...]

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

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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...]