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Accomplishments for Iowa State engineering teams

From developing a hardware hacking device for a cybersecurity competition to designing and building a human-powered vehicle, Iowa State engineering students successfully demonstrate their knowledge, ingenuity, and teamwork at a wide range of national and regional competitions. In the last two years, Iowa State University engineering teams have won a national cybersecurity competition in New York, were in the top four in four national contests and had strong finishes in other competitions, and swept all four divisions of a regional construction competition.

Four teams of Iowa State construction engineering students placed first in the 17th Annual Associated Schools of Construction Region IV Student Competition held October 28–31, 2009, in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This was the first sweep ever of all four divisions (commercial, design-build, heavy-civil, and residential) by one university. Twenty-nine teams (six students per team) representing 13 universities from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota competed. Over the past eight years, Iowa State teams have placed first 17 times. (News link—11/4/2009)

Iowa State’s Solar Decathlon team finished in 12th place in the 2009 DOE Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. In the final results announced October 16, the team placed 6th in net metering (producing more energy than it consumed) and ranked 5th in engineering. (News link—10/27/2009)

Material Advantage, the materials science and engineering student club, has received six straight national awards for excellence. The most recent award was given in October of 2009.

Iowa State civil and construction engineering students placed third in the national Engineering Design (Big Beam) Competition sponsored by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. (News link—8/25/2009)

The Cyclone Power Pullers earned fourth place in the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. (News link—6/10/2009

The Mini Baja team finished 18 out of 120 in the Society of Automotive Engineers international competition held in Wisconsin. (News link—6/15/2009)

The Human Powered Vehicle team, which is part of the Iowa State University American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Section, scored second overall in the 2009 multi-rider competition in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge-East in Philadelphia. The team also finished second in the tandem event, second in multi-rider design, third in the multi-rider sprint, and fifth overall in the utility contest. (News link—4/27/2009)

The SAE Aero Design team placed third (micro class overall score) in the 2009 Lockheed Martin/SAE Aero Design West Competition in California. (News link—3/9/2009)

A team of software engineering students placed seventh out of 202 teams at the Association of Computing Machinery’s North Central America Regional Programming Contest. (News link—11/19/2008)

A team of electrical and computer engineering students won a national cybersecurity competition at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (an affiliate of NYU, formerly called Brooklyn Polytechnic) in mid October. (News link—10/31/2008)

A number of student chapters also won awards for service, involvement of their members, and paper submissions.

The Transportation Student Association won first place in the Missouri Valley Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) MOVITE Student Chapter competition for their submittal of the ITE Student Chapter Annual Report. (News link—6/25/2009)

The American Society of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (ASABE) student club (engineering) received the first-place Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Trophy Award, and the Agricultural Systems Technology Club (mechanization/technology) received the second-place AEM Trophy Award in recognition of outstanding initiative and accomplishments in ASABE student branch activities. Agricultural engineering senior Gayle Bishop received the first-place award in the K. K. Barnes Student Paper Competition. With 28 undergraduate students in attendance, Iowa State received the first-place Student Mileage Award for traveling the most miles in the nation to participate in the June 2009 ASABE annual meeting and conference.

Industrial engineering students won first and second places in the technical paper competition held at the IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers) student regional conference in Chicago. (News link—2/28–3/1/2009)

The Iowa State University Associated General Contractors of American Student Chapter received the first AGC Student Chapter Service Award in recognition of continued service to the community and a positive reflection on the construction industry. (News link—11/13/2008).

The American Society of Safety Engineers student chapter won the Outstanding Service Award for the third consecutive year. (News link—7/17/2008)