Iowa State construction engineering, College of Design partner in industry mentoring program

Construction engineering senior Chad Tenold leads a tour in a Town Engineering Building soil technology lab.

Construction engineering sophomore Devin Gaudette remembers touring Town Engineering Building and the College of Design while a student at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. “I though the Jellinger Lab was cool, which opened my eyes to industry mentorship,” he said. In high school, Gaudette participated in the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of [Continue Reading…]

EM Success Center meets the needs of today’s students

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Think of it as one-stop shopping for all your studying needs: the Engineering Mechanics Success Center. Aerospace engineering lecturer Jenny Johannsen and other aerospace engineering professors have created and enhanced a space for students to receive supplemental help, feedback on homework and where other study resources are made available. This service has been around for [Continue Reading…]

Nearly 700 Iowa school students to show off research at state science and tech fair

Eric Koehlmoos of South O'Brien High School in northwest Iowa explains his "Grass to Gas" research project in the Rose Garden during the 2015 White House Science Fair. (Photo courtesy of Eric Koehlmoos.)

Eric Koehlmoos knows just how far a science project can take an Iowa student. On Monday, the senior at Paullina’s South O’Brien High School was at the 2015 White House Science Fair explaining his “Grass to Gas” FFA research project to Bill Nye the Science Guy. Koehlmoos has learned that treating switchgrass with sulfur can [Continue Reading…]

Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts

Lauren Cullen, an electrician at Acieta, sets up the preliminary stage of a project inside the industrial automation robotics company's facilities on March 24. (Staff photo/Joe Shearer)

Automation is increasingly a driving force behind manufacturing. A group of area business representatives and educators spent Tuesday learning about robotics and toured Acieta’s Council Bluffs facility through a program organized by the Southwest Iowa Manufacturers Alliance for Quality. The alliance brings together manufacturers served throughout Iowa Western Community College’s seven-county area. Its spring event [Continue Reading…]

CoE Dean’s Blog Guest Post by Tom Brumm

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Tom Brumm is the professor-in-charge of Engineering-LAS Online Learning. In this post, he talks about a different way of teaching coursework called flipping. Good teaching can take many forms. There are many ways to promote student learning and not one method is appropriate nor effective for all situations. Let me share with you a method of [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Flipping?

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Tom Brumm is the professor-in-charge of Engineering-LAS Online Learning. In this post, he talks about a different way of teaching coursework called flipping.  Good teaching can take many forms. There are many ways to promote student learning and not one method is appropriate nor effective for all situations. Let me share with you a method of teaching that [Continue Reading…]

New technology in ABE advances engineering design skills for students

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BSE/AE 218 uses water-jet cutter to apply theoretical science to physical products Group projects are known for providing students with important lessons about team dynamics, but there are always additional tools and knowledge that come from these experiences. In the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, a new high-powered water jet shows student groups the difference [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State juniors go from FIRST Tech Challenge competitors to judges

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Mackenzie McCoy and Nicole Peyton stay connected to program that helped lead them to engineering FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) provides middle and high school students with a competitive space for robots they program and build. After participating in the program for three years as students at Ottumwa High School, two juniors at Iowa State were [Continue Reading…]

ISU’s National Society of Black Engineers partners with Ames Middle School to teach STEM education

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Students are introduced to engineering majors through hands-on experience and interaction with Cyclone Engineers Often times, middle school students are aware of engineering as a field, but they might not know about the more specific engineering disciplines available for them to study. Iowa State’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently [Continue Reading…]

Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16

Written by Anne Krapfl Five faculty proposals to develop new approaches for teaching undergraduate courses will share $56,000 in available funds for 2015-16, the 19th year of the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert endorsed the recommendations of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) advisory board, which [Continue Reading…]

Video game industry is more than just a degree

Kevin Fuller, a video game designer with more than 15 years of experience, gave a lecture about the video game industry and what students need to do to break into it at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
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What does it take to make it in the video game industry? Everything and nothing. Keith Fuller, head of Fuller Game Productions, spoke to a full room of game developing hopefuls about the ups and downs of the industry. Fuller suggested that an education alone is no longer enough to assure professional success. “Start forging [Continue Reading…]

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

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Defenders of cybersecurity are fighting against the current, Iowa State University professor Doug Jacobson said. “All we ever are are defenders,” said Jacobson, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “Imagine playing a sport where you could never put your offensive team on the field.” Jacobson is also the director of Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center, [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

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“The red team is watching,” warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University. The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students. Their goal for an eight-hour cyber competition is to hack into the computer networks set up by as many as 200 students divided into [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council selects Project Lead The Way for 2015-16 Scale-Up Initiative

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College of Engineering remains a partner in statewide program dedicated to providing hands-on STEM experience to Iowa’s youth Iowa Project Lead The Way (PLTW) continues to grow its mission in providing relevant teacher development and hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to young people throughout K-12 schools. In particular, the organization focuses [Continue Reading…]

New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

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Peng Wei, a self-titled “airplane nerd,” joins the Iowa State faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering beginning in January 2015. He’ll teach two classes in systems engineering and work on three areas of research related to his biggest interest: air traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and airline and airport operations. Wei earned his [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities

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Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is studying how food derived from corn and soy can [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State information assurance master’s degree commended

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Department of electrical and computer engineering online master’s program named number four in the nation The online master’s degree in information assurance at Iowa State has been ranked fourth in the nation by The Best Schools. Guidelines for selection included academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings and reputation. The top three schools [Continue Reading…]

Alumni couple makes gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State

This story was first published by the Iowa State University News Service Two alumni who wish to remain anonymous recently made a gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State University, benefiting two priorities on campus. A portion of the gift will likely support Iowa State’s planned Student Innovation Center. Public funding for the project [Continue Reading…]

Robert Martin: Teaching students to fly after 26 years in Air Force

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Aerospace engineering lecturer reinvents flight simulator program When Robert Martin began his career in the U.S. Air Force, he never imagined he would land an opportunity to teach others about flying in a university setting. Martin served for 26 years in the Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard, flying F15 Eagles and F16 Fighting [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State mobile classroom brings advanced technology learning to K-12 schools

Sure they flock to 3-D movies and send Instagrams with a frenzy, but can they model a tractor part with a MakerBot? Or test ergonomic design with Oculus Rift? Although Iowa’s K-12 population is tech savvy, they still have more to learn before maneuvering through advanced technology to solve problems in design and manufacturing, says [Continue Reading…]

Jonathan Claussen: Designing disease detection and prevention technologies

An expert in nanotechnology and microfabrication recently joined Iowa State University to advance medical science with an engineering perspective. After watching individuals, families and communities slowly succumb to debilitating diseases – like Alzheimer’s, cancer and type-2 diabetes – throughout his life, Jonathan Claussen is determined to find a way to relieve the effects of these [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering to recruit new faculty for second year under president’s hiring initiative

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New faculty positions are approved for funding The Presidential High-Impact Hires Initiative is focused on hiring new tenured or tenure-track faculty in areas of strategic importance to the university and state of Iowa. The positions span many departments, from agronomy to statistics. Under the same initiative last year, Iowa State hired 20 new faculty. As [Continue Reading…]

‘Parade of Trades’ a popular method to teach construction management

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Shift plastic chips, and roll a single die. Do your part to maintain flow of a project. These are methods Iowa State University construction engineering students use in Parade of Trades, a game that demonstrates “how the consistent flow of work, or inconsistent flow work, impacts the progress of a construction project,” said Larry Cormicle, [Continue Reading…]

Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

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On September 25, a special event took place on the Iowa State campus – the official dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for our Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). The new facilities provide 100,000+ square feet of research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices – providing a state-of-the-art learning [Continue Reading…]

Contributing to society through research

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New electrical and computer engineering associate professor investigates nanotechnologies Long Que always thought he wanted to be a physicist. But after receiving his bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, his dreams changed. He began researching at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top engineering research institution in China. That’s when [Continue Reading…]