Two from ECpE elected IEEE Fellows


David Weiss and Manimaran Govindarasu recently were elected Fellows of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). The two became the 14th and 15th ECpE faculty members to be named IEEE Fellows. Weiss, Professor of Software Engineering, was elected for his contributions to software measurement and product line engineering. “I am very pleased to [Continue Reading…]

Tirthapura wins second-straight IBM Faculty Award


Srikanta Tirthapura, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 IBM Faculty Award, his second-straight selection. The IBM Faculty Award is an annual, worldwide competitive program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities, and those at IBM. “It’s a competitive process,” Tirthapura said. “Every year [Continue Reading…]

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

Tim Bigelow

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…]

Dickerson named to Biotechnology Council

Julie Dickerson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected to serve a three-year term on Iowa State University’s Biotechnology Council. She joins Cathy Miller, associate professor of veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine, and Edward Yu, professor of chemistry and of physics and astronomy as the newest members of the council, which is responsible for making [Continue Reading…]

Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Doug Jacobson

Academics and researchers at Iowa State University have developed a cyber test bed that can simulate all sorts of Internet-based attacks on computer networks, and will soon begin using this test bed to simulate attacks on portions of the national electricity grid. With the help of $500,000 in seed money from the U.S. Department of [Continue Reading…]

Faculty member’s research featured on journal cover

The cover shows the grating sensor where each trasmitted diffraction order serves a detection channel dedicated to a specific pH range.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Liang Dong’s paper titled “Multichannel Detection Using Transmissive Diffraction Grating Sensor” is featured on the December 2011 cover of the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. In the paper, Dong and electrical engineering PhD students Peng Liu and Depeng Mao present a new transmissive diffraction grating pH [Continue Reading…]

Engineering expert reflects on Steve Jobs’ contributions to computer engineering

Iowa State University was home to the first computer which was completed back in 1942. But professors there say it wasSteve Jobs’ vision many years later that turned the computer from a novelty into a product the general public found useful. “Apple has really had a major role in that evolution,” said Dr. Doug Jacobson, [Continue Reading…]

Twelve join CoE faculty


This academic year, the College of Engineering is welcoming 12 new faculty members within several departments, including civil, construction, and environmental engineering; electrical and computer engineering; industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; materials science and engineering; and mechanical engineering. Check out Innovate for profiles of the 10 newest members who started this fall. Two additional faculty [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty, staff, alumni reflect on 9/11 anniversary

The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a defining moment in America’s history. Among the devastation and destruction emerged a sense of community, with citizens reaching out to strangers, neighbors, and anyone in need, to help in any way they could. The impact of the attacks was felt across [Continue Reading…]

Electrical engineering student selected to receive IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Award

Yang Li, a PhD student in electrical engineering, has been selected to receive an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for the 2011-12 academic year. This prestigious award includes a $2,500 fellowship and is given annually to up to ten PhD students pursuing research in the area of electromagnetics. Li was selected to [Continue Reading…]

ECpE student receives IEEE award

Yang Li

Electrical engineering PhD candidate Yang Li has been selected to receive an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for his proposal “Design of a Non-Metallic, Low-Loss Metamaterial Planar Superlens at Microwave Frequency.” The award includes a $2,500 fellowship. Li’s proposal involves creating a planar lens for super-resolution imaging (a ‘superlens’) by three-dimensional arrays [Continue Reading…]

ECpE student featured on Planetary Radio

Rick Hanton, the chair of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) USA, was recently featured on the Planetary Society’s Planetary Radio. He discussed what organization does and how other students can join them. Hanton is a senior in ECpE.

Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend

After making it to the quarterfinals in last year’s RoboGames with their very first competition robot, the Iowa State Robotics Club’s BattleBots team worked even harder this year to improve the performance of their robots at the 2011 RoboGames’ Combat Robot competition in San Francisco, Calif., April 15-17. This year, the BattleBots team is taking [Continue Reading…]

Five CoE alumni named 2011 STATEment Makers

Wei Du (PhDAerE’10), Emily Kinser (BSPolS’04/MSMSE’05), Amit Pande (PhDCpE’10), Jodi Prosise (BSME’03), and Andrew Riha (BSCpE’05/MSCpE’08) have been named Iowa STATEment Makers. The honor recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University’s young alumni (graduates under 32 years of age). Read more about them and the other 2011 [Continue Reading…]

Jacobson adds information security insight to Viewpoints interview

During a recent Viewpoints segment about Google, Doug Jacobson, Professor of Electrical  and Computer Engineering and Director of the Information Assurance Center, discussed how Google can seemingly know where you are located during searches by evaluating the address your computer uses when it connects to the Internet. He also discussed how companies can’t tie your [Continue Reading…]

Chaudhary’s quest to improve organic solar cell efficiency gains traction with new approach and funding

Sumit Chaudhary

An engineering professor’s plan to introduce ferroelectrics into the organic layers used to fabricate polymer solar cells may be the ingredient that could make the technology available to consumers in the very near future. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sumit Chaudhary says ferroelectric materials, which act like dipoles with a positive and negative [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering students receive IBM PhD fellowships

Cory Kleinheksel

  Ames, Iowa — For the fifth time in the past seven years, IBM has awarded PhD fellowships to Iowa State ECpE students. This year, two computer engineering PhD students—Cory Kleinheksel of Wilton, Iowa, and Joseph Idziorek of Duluth, Minn.—each have been awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. The awards come [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering students’ iPhone apps generate downloads, sales

Ben Holland and Cory Schwarting

Since November, thousands of people have downloaded the iAnimal series, Zombie Strategies: Prepare, and D&D Helper iPhone applications. Users of those apps may be surprised to learn that the apps were created by Iowa State University computer engineering students. The students developed the apps as part of a course assignment in a new embedded systems [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer developing technology to enhance battery life in portable devices


Soldiers carrying sophisticated communication and navigation devices into the field have the same battery headaches as civilians working their smart phones at the airport. One way to assure that soldiers have an adequate power supply for their electronic tools has been to strap extra batteries to their backs. But Ayman Fayed, an Iowa State assistant [Continue Reading…]

October roundup

From opening to close, the month of October brought a rush of activity to the College of Engineering and across campus. Family Weekend (October 1–2) hinted of the flurry to come as the college’s tailgating tents overflowed with guests—and a big win over Texas Tech didn’t hurt, either. What followed was a series of events [Continue Reading…]

Electrical engineering doctoral program ranked high by National Research Council

Iowa State University doctoral programs in electrical engineering, statistics, chemistry, agricultural sciences, physics, and economics earned high marks in data-based rankings released today by the National Research Council. Read the full story.

Idziorek uses IBM PhD Fellowship to research cloud computing security


Joseph Idziorek has found his place in cloud computing, and IBM has noticed. A doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, Idziorek was recently awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship. The award comes with a $20,000 stipend and $10,000 education allowance, and marks the fourth time in the past six years [Continue Reading…]

Three electrical and computer engineering faculty receive 2010 NSF CAREER Awards

Liang Dong

Ames, Iowa — Three electrical and computer engineering professors at Iowa State University have received prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Awards this year. Assistant professors Liang Dong, Jaeyoun Kim, and Lei Ying each will receive $400,000 over a five-year period to fund their research and educational efforts in photonic circuits, optical Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and [Continue Reading…]

ECpE establishes new bioengineering research and graduate study area

Ames, Iowa — The ECpE department is establishing a new core area of research and graduate study: bioengineering. This is the 10th core area the department offers. “This new core area is expected to broaden the engineering skills of our students, helping them solve biologically relevant problems. The integration of various engineering streams and basic [Continue Reading…]