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ECpE grad student’s research inspired by vertigo

Koray Celik, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, has had to depend on his eyes for everything, instead of relying also on the balance organs in his ears. This feeling of vertigo inspired him to develop a small helicopter that navigates its way around a building using only one camera. The Iowa State …Continue reading “ECpE grad student’s research inspired by vertigo”

Nanotechnology fabrication with ‘coffee rings’

Zhiqun Lin, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, leads a team of researchers who have found a “simple and robust method for producing intriguing hierarchically ordered nanomaterials in a precisly controllable manner.” Read the article in Nanowerk here.

Information Assurance Center on Iowa Public Radio

On September 29th, 2009, Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg did a story about the Information Assurance Center. He talked with Doug Jacobson, the director of the center, about the preparations students receive in their cyber warfare training. The full feature story is available here. Listen: [audio:]

College appoints Cox assistant dean for economic development

The Iowa State University College of Engineering announced Monday that Ron Cox has been named the college’s assistant dean for economic development. Cox, the director of the ISU Extension Center for Industrial Research and Service, will retain his position at CIRAS, with a partial appointment in the engineering college. “Through this appointment, Ron will strengthen …Continue reading “College appoints Cox assistant dean for economic development”

Iowa State to train the next set of cyber warriors for the government

AMES, Iowa — In an increasingly high tech society, it is imperative to have individuals highly skilled in information assurance to keep up with the growing number of attacks on computer security. And Iowa State University is helping to train those professionals through the Scholarships for Service (SFS) program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) …Continue reading “Iowa State to train the next set of cyber warriors for the government”

Iowa State career fairs continue to flourish in spite of weak economy

AMES, Iowa – It’s the fall career fair season at Iowa State University. The Engineering Career Fair will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Hilton Coliseum and the Scheman Building, with the Business/Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair taking place the next day in Hilton. The Ag Career Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, …Continue reading “Iowa State career fairs continue to flourish in spite of weak economy”

Multidisciplinary CBiRC celebrates one-year anniversary

AMES, Iowa – Brent Shanks studies chemical catalysts in Iowa State University’s Sweeney Hall. Just a few buildings to the north, Basil Nikolau studies biological catalysts. Nikolau said the two researchers used to talk twice a year about the science of using different kinds of catalysts to accelerate chemical reactions. But now, thanks to the …Continue reading “Multidisciplinary CBiRC celebrates one-year anniversary”

2050 fellows make significant progress in research

Over the past year, four PhD students in the College of Engineering have dedicated their research to engineering solutions that can improve the quality of life today and for decades to come. Keenan Deutsch, CBE; Cara Dienes, IMSE; Eduardo Ibáñez-Sopeña, ECpE; and Zhonghua Xu, ME, were the first students to receive the college’s 2050 Challenge …Continue reading “2050 fellows make significant progress in research”

College welcomes new graduate students

With more than 240 new graduate students joining the College of Engineering, the Howe Hall atrium was a busy place on September 2 as the Engineering Graduate Programs office sponsored a special event to welcome the new students. It was a great opportunity for these students to get to know each other and to meet …Continue reading “College welcomes new graduate students”

Engineering enrollment exceeds 5,000

With 5,086 undergraduates majoring in engineering this fall, the Iowa State University College of Engineering has achieved a 25-year high in enrollment. The increase is 410 more students than last fall. The college, which is routinely among the top 10 in the nation for undergraduate enrollment, has averaged more than 4,600 students per year since …Continue reading “Engineering enrollment exceeds 5,000”

ABE student receives Fulbright Award

Laura Christianson, PhD student in sustainable agriculture (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering), is one of two Iowa State students who have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship for 2009-2010. She will conduct research at Massey University in New Zealand for 10 months beginning in January. In her doctoral research that focuses on the …Continue reading “ABE student receives Fulbright Award”

“Tour the World” fair draws record crowd

A record 850 people attended the 2009 “Tour the World” Study and Work Abroad Fair held in September. This is the largest engineering international fair in the United States. This annual event is a one-stop shop for students interested in learning about international study and work abroad opportunities, according to Shannon Miner, program coordinator in …Continue reading ““Tour the World” fair draws record crowd”

ISU Alumnus, Richard Hale, leads successful flight of unmanned craft and enhances KU’s role in climate change research

An innovative unmanned aircraft conceived and built at the University of Kansas passed its first flight test – led by Team leader Richard Hale, associate professor of aerospace engineering at KU.  Richard is an alumnus of the Aerospace Engineering department of ISU, graduating with his BS in 1988, received an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and …Continue reading “ISU Alumnus, Richard Hale, leads successful flight of unmanned craft and enhances KU’s role in climate change research”