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...]

Room-temperature vaccine could be boon to developing countries

Balaji Narasimhan, Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Chemical Engineering, discussed the potential of nanovaccines at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, held March 16-20. Nanovaccines, which embed proteins from disease-causing organisms into tiny, polymer spheres five hundred times smaller than the width of a human hair, can be designed to target any [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus helped build Durham Center, first Iowa State concrete canoe

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Dick Netley (BSCE’73, MSCE’77) has had the privilege to design structures near and far and even part of Iowa State University’s history. His inspiration to design buildings sparked at age 11. His father built the family cabin on Whitefish Lake, Minn., about 100 miles north of Minneapolis. “He actually cut down the trees himself, hauled [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Jing Dong publishes study on plug-in electric vehicles

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Below is an excerpt from a March 11, 2014, Green Car Congress article: A study based on a spatial and longitudinal travel dataset by a team from Lamar University, Iowa State University (Assistant Professor Jing Dong) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that whether plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have lower energy costs than conventional gasoline vehicles [Continue Reading...]

Engineering duo elected to lead ISU GSB

Hillary Kletscher and Mike Hoefer

Combining a passion to help others with a drive to solve problems, Hillary Kletscher and Mike Hoefer are ready to take on the challenge of being president and vice president, respectively, of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body. Kletscher, a junior in biosystems from the small farming community of Vesta, Minn., has a strong [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...]

Engineering students excel at Iowa Wind Energy Association Conference Poster Competition

Iowa State, Italy researchers collaborate on structural health monitoring

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Two cultures collaborate to develop novel structural detection methods. Researchers from Iowa State University and University of Perugia (Italy) compare U.S. patented soft elastomeric surface sensors with Italian cement-based embeddable sensors. Both of these technologies are being developed as novel nanocomposite solutions to dynamic structural monitoring. The goal is to provide cost-effective solutions for locally [Continue Reading...]

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

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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...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

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Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [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

Carm and Rich Greenlee

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...]

Chemical engineering student conducts Army ROTC water combat training

The following is summarized from a Feb. 20, 2014, Iowa State Daily story, “Making a splash: Army ROTC cadets build confidence.” On Feb. 19, chemical engineering freshman Kristine McCunn and about 119 other ISU Army ROTC cadets jumped into the Beyer Hall pool for the bi-annual Combat Water Survival Training Lab. Cadets rotated through five stations [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineering students promote collaboration, innovation at Emerging Creatives conference

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Iowa State University civil engineering senior Ryan Francois, as well as construction engineering seniors Jace Christensen and Michael Donlin, attended the Emerging Creatives Student Conference Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The conference was held at Stanford University and was sponsored by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). About 110 students from 30 U.S. research [Continue Reading...]

Ashlock receives USGS grant to improve geophysical soil testing

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Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, aims to improve the accuracy of geophysical soil profiling for seismic design and analysis. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program recently awarded Ashlock a $64,426 grant for the project, “Seismic Profiling by Multi-Mode Rayleigh Waves.” Ashlock and geotechnical engineering doctoral student Shibin Lin [Continue Reading...]