College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Chu wins IBM faculty award

Ames, Iowa – Figuring out how to meet the computing challenges of the future is a tough task for engineers, and it requires researching and developing solutions no one has tried before. One Iowa State computer engineer, Associate Professor Chris Chu, is conducting innovative research to improve integrated circuit (IC) designs used in computers and other …Continue reading “Chu wins IBM faculty award”

ISEAGE in line to receive additional funding

University Professor Doug Jacobson’s Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) lab could receive additional funding as part of a $5.2 million federal aid bill recently passed by the Appropriations Subcommittee. Read the full article here:

College welcomes new dean

It’s official: As of July 1, Jonathan Wickert is the 11th dean of the College of Engineering. Wickert, former chair of the mechanical engineering department at Iowa State, succeeds Mark J. Kushner, who joined the University of Michigan faculty in September 2008. James Bernard, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, served as interim dean. View …Continue reading “College welcomes new dean”

ME student earns Carver Scholarship for biorenewables research

Mark Mba Wright, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering with a chemical engineering minor, has been awarded the 2009 George Washington Carver Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Student Achievement in Biorenewables. This is the second year the Bioeconomy Institute and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) have awarded the $4,000 prize recognizing the research contributions of a …Continue reading “ME student earns Carver Scholarship for biorenewables research”

AerE alum returns to space

NASA astronaut and Iowa State University AerE alum Clay Anderson has been named to the crew of the space shuttle Discovery for a mission to the International Space Station early next year. This will be Anderson’s second assignment in space, following a five-month stint onboard the International Space Station in 2007.

ABE researcher leads bioplastics software development

There is growing interest in finding renewable products that can be substituted for petrochemicals in a myriad of applications. While biobased plastics are seen as more environmentally preferable, clearly they won’t be used commercially unless it can be determined they are economically viable. Read the full story from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Partha Sarkar talks about the Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory

Iowa Public Radio featured two Iowa State University professors on its Talk@12 program on Tuesday, May 19th. Host Greg Shanley talked with Bill Gallus, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, and Partha Sarkar, professor and director of the Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, about last year’s Parkersburg, Iowa, tornado. …Continue reading “Partha Sarkar talks about the Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory”

Iowa State’s Intensive Program in Biorenewables shows students the action

Forty-six students from around the world and across several disciplines descended upon the Iowa State University campus in June for a two-week Intensive Program in Biorenewables.  Participants took part in talks, tours, demonstrations, and tests covering the opportunities and the challenges of developing a bioeconomy. Read the full story from ISU News Service. Watch the video …Continue reading “Iowa State’s Intensive Program in Biorenewables shows students the action”

Lightning strike slows Iowa State’s solar car team in Texas competition

Members of Team PrISUm were diligently working on their solar car’s battery system when lightning struck nearby. It was the eve of the May 31-June 5 Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, Texas. The team had spent two weeks repairing and upgrading the car’s battery pack and brakes. The race’s technical inspections had …Continue reading “Lightning strike slows Iowa State’s solar car team in Texas competition”

Computer Engineering Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  Computer engineering and human-computer interaction master’s degree student Shane Griffith joins three other students with ties to Iowa State University to win a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship this year. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funds three years of study—up to $121,500—in master’s or doctoral degrees focusing on research in science, …Continue reading “Computer Engineering Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship”