PERUSE closes but undergraduate research opportunities remain

The College of Engineering, in a move to streamline administration while keeping a strong focus on academics, has announced the closure of the PERUSE program (Providing Experiences in Research for Undergraduate Students in Engineering). PERUSE, which has been operated by the Engineering Graduate Programs office, will end May 1. Matching undergraduate students with hands-on research … Continue reading PERUSE closes but undergraduate research opportunities remain

ABE researchers working on saving eyesight

Chenxu Yu, an assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Qi Wang, an ABE research assistant, are on a team of researchers studying an eye test that could “revolutionize the diagnosis of glaucoma.” Read the Medical News Today story here.

Palmer Departmental Chair established in ECpE

The third endowed academic department chair has been established at Iowa State University through the Palmer Departmental Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Read the press release from the Iowa State University Foundation.

Portfolio system ended to generate cost savings

The Faculty-Staff Portfolio System (FSPS) has been discontinued as part of the College of Engineering’s strategy to reduce administrative costs. FSPS, a web-based application, was intended as a comprehensive knowledgebase of engineering scholarship in the college. Shutting down the application will save money in license fees, reduce the administrative demands on computer support staff, and … Continue reading Portfolio system ended to generate cost savings

Governor Culver accepts national ‘Project Lead The Way’ award for Iowa

On Tuesday, March 23, Governor Culver accepted the 2009 Joseph H. Oakey Excellence in Education Award from Project Lead the Way, Inc. The award honors Iowa’s commitment both to the PLTW organization and to providing greater access to higher education for Iowa’s students. Read the press release and see additional photos of the event.

Engineering undergrads among those to showcase their research at annual Capitol event

From developing a novel nanostructure for solar cells to deciphering the symbolism in West African textiles, 20 Iowa State University undergraduates will have plenty to discuss when they present their research to legislators and others during the fifth annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March … Continue reading Engineering undergrads among those to showcase their research at annual Capitol event

Construction engineering students perform service work

Two groups of construction engineering students spent their spring breaks on service projects in Iowa and Florida. The Iowa State University Associated General Contractors Student Chapter traveled to Cedar Rapids over spring break. During that time, 34 students performed 2,120 hours of community service work on various projects. See the article and photos. The Iowa … Continue reading Construction engineering students perform service work

Study shows Iowa’s two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage

Two hybrid school buses that have hauled students around two Iowa school districts the past two years burned significantly less fuel than diesel comparison buses, but charging problems also kept the hybrid buses’ electric motors out of commission for long periods of time, according to a recent report by Iowa State University transportation researchers. The … Continue reading Study shows Iowa’s two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage

Engineering students are making a difference in developing nations

Two Iowa State University student organizations are combining their know-how and dedication to service to create more sustainable households and improve water quality in Mali, Africa. The student chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Material Advantage received a $5,000 grant from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Foundation in support of the project “Ceramics … Continue reading Engineering students are making a difference in developing nations