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Workshop opens access to technology and fun for visually impaired students

An engineering lab in Howe Hall buzzed with energy Tuesday as 12 blind high school students worked in teams to disassemble, assemble, and reprogram robots built from intricate LEGO pieces. They strategized, they speculated, they laughed, and they proclaimed success. No one said “I can’t.” The students were from an Iowa Department for the Blind … Continue reading Workshop opens access to technology and fun for visually impaired students

Engineering Distance Education expands programs

Now offering five new graduate certificate programs and two new master of engineering degrees, Iowa State’s Engineering Distance Education (EDE) provides students and professionals with an expanding number of options to advance their education. EDE’s programs allow working professionals and students to build their technical knowledge and learn important concepts to remain competitive in the … Continue reading Engineering Distance Education expands programs

IMSEP’s Real World Externships bridge workplace and schools

With an increasing awareness of Iowa’s need for skilled workers and more math- and science-savvy citizens, 33 middle and high school math and science teachers are accepting that challenge by gaining real-world experience in the business community this summer as part of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership’s (IMSEP) Real World Externships for Teachers … Continue reading IMSEP’s Real World Externships bridge workplace and schools

$20 million at stake in ISU research grant proposal

Robert Brown, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Iowa Farm Bureau director of the Bioeconomy Institute, director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, and professor of mechanical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, and agricultural and biosystems engineering, is spending his summer revising an NSF proposal in … Continue reading $20 million at stake in ISU research grant proposal

Ames Lab CRO will also hold MSE, CBE, and Physics Appointments

Duane D. Johnson has been named chief research officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory following a national search that spanned several months. Johnson becomes the first to hold the CRO position, which is responsible for initiating, developing, and supervising the lab’s scientific programs and overseeing the scientific division, including approximately 90 researchers, 200 … Continue reading Ames Lab CRO will also hold MSE, CBE, and Physics Appointments

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory’s Bryden and McCorkle win R&D 100 Award

Two researchers with engineering ties have received a 2010 R&D 100 Award for developing osgBullet, a software package that creates 3-D, real-time computer simulations that can help engineers design complex systems ranging from next-generation power plants to highly efficient cars and tomorrow’s video games. Mark Bryden, program director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory’s … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Laboratory’s Bryden and McCorkle win R&D 100 Award

College appoints Akinc to leadership role for international programs

Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named as the College of Engineering’s professor-in-charge of international engagement. “Professor Akinc’s leadership role will be directed at educating students about the global nature of the engineering business enterprise,” said Jonathan Wickert, dean of the college. “The college will benefit greatly from his extensive experience … Continue reading College appoints Akinc to leadership role for international programs

ME students take their professor’s advice and start an Ames bioenergy company

Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown pulled a few of his graduate students aside a couple years back and offered up an extracurricular challenge. “You are all experts on pyrolysis,” he remembers telling them. “Why don’t you start a company specifically to commercialize bio-oil recovery?” The result is Avello Bioenergy Inc. based at Iowa State University’s BioCentury … Continue reading ME students take their professor’s advice and start an Ames bioenergy company

Iowa State named ‘Best Buy’ in 2011 Fiske Guide; engineering noted

Iowa State University is one of 21 public colleges and universities listed as “Best Buy” schools in the new “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.” The Best Buy institutions – 21 public and 24 private – “offer outstanding academics with relatively modest prices,” according to the guide. Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate … Continue reading Iowa State named ‘Best Buy’ in 2011 Fiske Guide; engineering noted