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...]

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff

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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring awards ceremony on March 12. Award winners include: The Outstanding Service in Student Recruitment and Retention Award goes to David Grewell, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He developed a strategic plan [Continue Reading...]

Ashlock earns Iowa State civil engineering’s first NSF CAREER award

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Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, has just received one of the nation’s top research awards for early career faculty. The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (NSF CAREER) awarded Ashlock $400,000 over five years to develop a research program for integrated computational and physical [Continue Reading...]

WE ARE IOWA: ISU Professor Travels Through Space

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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...]

Professor James Hill named to Council for Chemical Research


James Hill, University Professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to the 2014 Council for Chemical Research Governing Board of Directors. The 8-member board comprises academic, industry and government experts in U.S. chemistry-related science and engineering. Other newly elected members include Mark Benvenuto, professor of chemistry and department chairman [Continue Reading...]

Fulbright Teaching Scholar Tim Ellis honored in Malta

Tim Ellis, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is pictured far left. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, recognized Ellis Feb. 14 during his Fulbright teaching exchange in Malta.

Timothy Ellis, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recognized in Valleta, Malta, Feb. 14 as a Fulbright Scholar. Last year he earned the Fulbright Teaching Award from the International Council for International Exchange of Scholars. During the Spring 2014 semester, Ellis has been teaching at the University of [Continue Reading...]

Greenlees donate to supply students strengths-building books

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Rich Greenlee (BSConE’66) and his wife, Carm (BSFamConsSci’65), recently donated $1,500 to supply 100 strengths-building books to Iowa State University construction engineering students enrolled in CON E 122, Cornerstone Learning Community: Orientation to Professional Life. The book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath, discusses 34 personal and professional traits that students can identify as their talents. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State chemical engineering’s George Burnet celebrates 90th

George Burnet, Anson Marston distinguished professor emeritus, celebrates his 90th birthday with family and friends Feb. 3 at Iowa State University's Sweeney Hall.

Colleagues, family and friends joined Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Burnet Feb. 3 in Sweeney Hall to celebrate his 90th birthday. A native Iowan, Burnet was born on Jan. 30, 1924, in Fort Dodge. He has had a long and illustrious career and has been a major figure in chemical engineering at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, gave an invited talk at the Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting in Towson, MD, Dec. 10-11. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss promising future directions in the fundamental study of materials under [Continue Reading...]

Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University agree to a pre-engineering program


AMES, Iowa – Officials from Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University have signed an agreement to provide a seamless pathway for IWCC students to receive an engineering degree from the ISU College of Engineering. Students who complete recommended courses at IWCC in two semesters and transfer to Iowa State will be on track [Continue Reading...]

Jacobson named a Distinguished Member of the ACM


by Michael Still Doug Jacobson, University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He was honored, along with three other recipients in the educator category, for his accomplishments and career achievements. “To be named a distinguished educator by a group [Continue Reading...]

Professor Emeritus Jim Bernard continues work after retirement

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Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, near “Motor City” and being surrounded by “automobile people,” fueled Jim Bernard’s love for cars. It was also the start of his career in automobile handling, during which time he examined vehicle models using computers to predict the outcomes of various situations. Bernard—distinguished professor emeritus of mechanical engineering—earned his [Continue Reading...]

Esteemed ABE professor Thomas Glanville retires after 36 years

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Thomas Glanville, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and self-declared environmentalist, is wrapping up the final semester in his long run at Iowa State, which began back in the 1960s when he began his education here. Glanville earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering operations from Iowa State in 1972, worked at the Caterpillar Tractor Company [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University air quality specialist named endowed professor


Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and animal science, has been named the inaugural Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. “It is truly an honor to be the first holder of the Iowa Egg Council endowed professorship,” Xin said. “This investment in people and [Continue Reading...]

Interdisciplinary leadership program develops leadership skills in engineers

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Increasingly, employers are looking for engineering graduates with leadership skills to complement their technical abilities. At Iowa State, community leadership and public service is an academic certificate program designed to develop the leadership, communication and organizational abilities in its graduates, including many engineers. Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the Carrie [Continue Reading...]

Open tenure and tenure-track faculty positions available in ABE

Materials science and engineering lecturer built energy storage systems for NASA, teaches classes at Iowa State


After earning his Ph.D. this past August, Eliseo De León began his first year teaching at Iowa State University as a lecturer of materials science and engineering. De León earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and a bachelor’s in theater at the University of California, Davis in 1994. He started his Ph.D. program in materials science [Continue Reading...]

ECpE’s Ratnesh Kumar featured in IEEE Control Systems Magazine

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Ratnesh Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was featured in the October 2013 issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine. In the feature, Kumar speaks about his research interests, his experience prior to Iowa State, and his teaching style – among other topics. Download a PDF of the article here

Retirement cannot quench this lecturer’s passion for teaching


Mechanical engineering Professor Emeritus Howard Shapiro recently came out of retirement and back into the classroom as a lecturer at Iowa State University. Shapiro graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in mathematics (1969), and his master’s (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in mechanical engineering. His teaching career began in graduate school, where he [Continue Reading...]

Teachers in training

Larry Genalo, University Professor of materials science and engineering, mentors future teachers in the “Toying with Technology” course. In a recent hands-on project, students learned about mass, weight, volume and water displacement, as well as a simple experiment that teaches these concepts to grade schoolers. Read the full story.  

Upgrading to a wireless age one student and one circuit at a time


Ever since he built his first AM radio kit in high school, Nathan Neihart has held an interest in electronics and radio waves. Neihart now teaches classes and conducts research at Iowa State University as an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering. “My primary area of interest is circuit design, which can be very [Continue Reading...]

Bigelow, Raman selected for National Academy of Engineering symposium

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At the end of October, a select group of 73 engineering educators from around the country will be gathering in Irvine, Calif., to discuss innovative approaches to teaching during the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Iowa State’s Tim Bigelow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering, and [Continue Reading...]

Raman selected to participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium

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Raj Raman, agricultural and biosystems engineering, along with seventy-two of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the [Continue Reading...]