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
Jonathan Wickert, dean of the College of Engineering, held an open forum on Monday, March 29, concerning the future of engineering. Read the story from the Iowa State Daily here .
Andrew Havens, a senior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring break in Nicaragua working with other Iowa State engineers to install ovens and biogas digesters. Read the full story from the Iowa State Daily here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
In the summer months, few people can afford to run their air conditioning 24 hours a day. And even if you could afford it, there are times during the day when you just don’t need it. Steven Hoff, an Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, thinks the same logic should apply to … Continue reading Nuisance farm odor is subject of ABE prof’s research
Karl Gschneidner, Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering, spoke before a congressional panel on March 16 about the lack of rare-earth research in the United States today and how an increase in that research could create multiple new industries. A news release from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is available here, and … Continue reading MSE prof speaks to Congress about rare-earth research
Several members of the Iowa State chapter of Engineers Without Borders will travel to Belize in Central America to help that country overcome poverty. Read the Iowa State Daily story here .
Three Iowa State University alumni will receive the Professional Progress in Engineering Award (PPEA) from the College of Engineering on April 15. Jerry Doorenbos, distinguished member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments in Tucson, Arizona; Russell Gorga, associate professor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Kirk Thompson, R&D leader for … Continue reading Three alumni to be honored with 2010 Professional Progress in Engineering Awards