APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

2014 APEX E class

Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Laflamme, MIT professor co-author structural engineering textbook

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Civil, construction and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme and his former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thesis supervisor, Professor Jerome Connor, recently co-authored a textbook on structural motion engineering. The book, aptly titled “Structural Motion Engineering,” reviews formulas and theory based on several topics: calibration of the stiffness of structural columns and beams, passive [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State is first U.S. student team to win international data mining competition

A team of Iowa State University graduate students topped 98 other universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. Read more about the competition here. 

Guest post: A new home for ABE

Treasures found in Davidson Hall

Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners engineering with arts to develop hybrid courses

Charles Jahren, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering

Iowa State University’s construction engineering program has partnered engineering students, a multimedia expert, and an alumnus to pilot hybrid learning course development. From 2012 to 2014, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren and his team of engineering students and multimedia experts developed a hybrid learning model that efficiently combines online and in-classroom course content. [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

CG 'Turk' Therkildsen

C G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can [Continue Reading...]

1984 civil engineering alumnus named Foundation Professor at University of Nevada-Reno

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David Sanders (BSCE’84) was recently named a 2014 University of Nevada-Reno Foundation Professor in recognition of his outstanding research and teaching achievements. Sanders joined University of Nevada-Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor in 1990. His research lies in behavior and design of structural concrete with an emphasis in the seismic [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers to demonstrate cyber-physical security testbed for power grid at SmartAmerica Challenge expo

Manimaran Govindarasu

A team led by Manimaran Govindarasu of electrical and computer engineering has developed a realistic platform for power grid security research As cyber threats to the infrastructure of the nation’s electricity transmission grow in numbers and sophistication, so does the technology used to identify vulnerabilities and mitigate these attacks. PowerCyber, a cyber-physical security testbed developed [Continue Reading...]

You couldn’t ask for a more exciting time in the College of Engineering!

Sarah Rajala

A little more than one year ago – April 1, 2013, to be exact – I arrived at Iowa State to begin my position as dean of the college. I have experienced wonderful opportunities and shared many of those moments with you. One thing I know for sure – there is continuous excitement and momentum [Continue Reading...]

Alumnus named among Civil Engineering News ‘Rising Stars’

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Travis Konda (PhDCE’04), a senior technical advisor with HNTB Corporation’s Kansas City Bridge Design office, was selected by Civil Engineering News as one of its “Rising Stars” for 2014. The award recognizes 30 professionals, 40 years old or younger working in the U.S., who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners with Canadian, New Zealander professors on online course module

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Iowa State University’s College of Engineering Continuous Improvement Initiative for Undergraduate Education has benefited international instruction in the construction engineering program. Doug Gransberg, the Donald F. and Sharon A. Greenwood Endowed Chair in Construction Engineering and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, coordinated a tri-national course module in total asset management. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State to represent Midwest in national design-build competition

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Iowa State University construction engineering students will represent the Midwest in the Third Annual National Design-Build Student Competition. A team of students, comprised of construction engineering seniors Eli Hemesath, Brandon Mai, Brandon Griffin, Josh Olson, as well as construction engineering freshman Lauren Bennett, placed first in the Region D Design-Build Competition, hosted by the Design-Build [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Fanous helps coordinate international conference in UAE

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Fouad Fanous, professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, helped coordinate the first International Conference on Infrastructure Management, Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques (ICIMART). The conference, held at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, occurred March 4-6. As a member of the Conference Advisory Board, member of [Continue Reading...]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2014 commencement

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Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10. During his [Continue Reading...]

New York high school student partners with Iowa State University researchers in NSF-NEES project, wins awards

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An Iowa State University professor and graduate student developed a research partnership with a student from a top American high school. Maria Walsh-Regotti, a senior at Ossining High School in Ossining, N.Y., partnered with Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State. As a high school sophomore, [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...]

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Shaun VanWeelden

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...]

Narayanan to receive Professional Progress in Engineering Award

Krishna Narayanan

Krishna Narayanan (M.S.EE’94) will receive the 2014 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at the Marston Club Dinner on April 10. The award was created to recognize outstanding professional progress, personal development, and distinguished community service by engineering alumni under the age of 46. Narayanan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State, University of Perugia team to compare real-time monitoring of structures

The following is an excerpt from an April 1, 2014, American Society of Civil Engineers Civil Engineering magazine article: Teams in Iowa and Italy collaborate to develop two different sensor technologies that will enable real time monitoring of large, complex structures. Researchers in Ames, Iowa, and Perugia, Italy, are working collaboratively on separate nanocomposite materials [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...]

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...]

Remembering Art Bergles

Arthur Bergles

The engineering community lost a great teacher and researcher when Arthur E. Bergles (78) passed away March 17, 2014, of a malignant brain tumor. Bergles had a presence that made an impact across the country and was known for a career that advanced heat transfer methods and encouraged others to explore and push the boundaries [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...]

Levitas uses basic statics principles to solve long-standing problem in interface science formulated by Gibbs

Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, found a strict and simple solution to the classical problem in the interface and surface science formulated by J. W. Gibbs in the 19th century. Namely, he uncovered a way to define the position of a dividing surface. The Gibbsian view of [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...]