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, Pittoni 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…]

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…]

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…]

Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

“How can you multi-purpose—re-think—structural systems?” Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have a new theory to answer that question. Earlier this month, the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded ISU professors An Chen and Simon Laflamme more than $200,000 in research funding. The project, “Multifunctional Structural Panel for [Continue Reading…]

Plymesser promoted to senior lecturer, brings real-world experience to construction engineering classes

When it comes to teaching, Cliff Plymesser gets high marks for bringing the real-world experience to his classroom. For the past six years, Plymesser has taught as a lecturer at Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). “I just really enjoy working with the students and helping them grow in their understanding of [Continue Reading…]

A new year, a new adventure!

The College of Engineering’s newly appointed associate dean for academic affairs Sriram Sundararajan shares his adventure at Iowa State and why he has so much to look forward to in his new role.  As the new academic year gets underway, I wanted to extend a welcome (back!) to all of our students, faculty and staff. I hope you all [Continue Reading…]

Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’

Associate professors earn ASNT Faculty Grant award

Paul Schafbuch, Thomas Chiou, and Norbert Meyendorf, all associate professors in aerospace engineering, are improving mechanics and structures courses at Iowa State thanks to an American Society for Nondestructive Testing’s (ASNT) Faculty Grant award.

Reuel joins ISU CBE faculty, ready to train future work force

Dr. Nigel Reuel is ready and eager to start the fall semester at Iowa State University as the newest assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “I am very excited to teach and conduct research here,” said Reuel. “From my first visit to campus I was impressed with the caliber and collegiality [Continue Reading…]

A summer of fellowship and research wraps up for CBE’s BioMap REU students

Twelve chemical and biological engineering undergraduates from near and far are heading home with great memories and valuable research experience following a summer at Iowa State. They were participants in the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The program brings undergraduates [Continue Reading…]

CCEE faculty lead, learn at ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshops

“It is exciting, it is exhilarating!” Beth Hartmann uses those words to describe the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. Last month, the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) senior lecturer served as a faculty mentor at the workshop, held at the United State Military Academy [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumnus Dan Voss awarded teaching fellowship

Teaching high school science is usually not a career recent engineering graduates pursue. But for Iowa State alumnus Dan Voss, teaching and engineering has been a perfect fit. Voss was recently named a member of the 2016 cohort of Teaching Fellows by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. “I have found that my engineering experience has [Continue Reading…]