Travis Grager received the Fall 2010 Teaching Excellence Award

Travis Grager – received a Teaching Excellence Award for Fall, 2010. His major professor is Dr. Alric Rothmayer and Dr. Stephen Holland is one of the professors that he worked with as a TA. He was nominated by Professors Alric Rothmayer and Professor Stephen Holland. The purpose of a Teaching Excellence Award “is to recognize … Continue reading Travis Grager received the Fall 2010 Teaching Excellence Award

Hui Wang received Fall 2010 Research Excellence Award

Hui Wang – received the 2010 Fall Research Excellence Award. Her major professor, Dr. Ashraf Bastawros, nominated Hui for this excellence award. Dr. Richard Wlezien is the chair of the aerospace engineering department. The purpose of a Research Excellence Award “is to recognize at the time of their graduation up to 10% of the graduating graduate … Continue reading Hui Wang received Fall 2010 Research Excellence Award

Engineering Career Fair back at Hilton, adds networking event and blog

After being relocated last fall due to the flooding that struck Ames, the College of Engineering’s Career Fair will return to Hilton Coliseum this spring. The event will be held Tuesday, February 8, from noon to 6:00 p.m. To help students prepare for the fair, engineering career services has coordinated educational seminars on Sunday, February … Continue reading Engineering Career Fair back at Hilton, adds networking event and blog

Computer engineering researchers examine smart grid vulnerabilities

ISU researchers are analyzing President Obama’s Smart Grid initiative. Manimaran Govindarasu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working with a team of researchers to study the potential security vulnerabilities with this initiative. The United States is currently in the process of adopting a Smart Grid that will link the entire bulk power grid of the … Continue reading Computer engineering researchers examine smart grid vulnerabilities

Prof. Aluru honored as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Srinivas Aluru, Ross Martin Mehl and Marylyne Munas Mehl Professor of Computer Engineering, recently was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) “for distinguished contributions to high performance computational biology, particularly for enabling large-scale genome analysis and systems biology through creation and application of novel parallel methods.” For more … Continue reading Prof. Aluru honored as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Back from break

Wind chill aside, it’s always invigorating to see the rise in energy levels on campus when classes begin after winter break. The new semester reminds me of what a complex enterprise the college is, with thousands of students, and hundreds of faculty and staff. When I think of the intense coursework, innovative research, and valuable … Continue reading Back from break

USDA Certified Biobased Product label

CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now making it easier for consumers to identify biobased products with the launch of the BioPreferred labeling program. Under the new voluntary program, manufacturers and vendors can, after obtaining certification from USDA, market their certified biobased product using the “USDA Certified Biobased Product” label. The seal will contain … Continue reading CIRAS assists USDA with new biobased product label program

Bioengineering minor offers students new applications for engineering education

Since officially kicking off in spring 2009, the bioengineering minor is gaining attention among engineering undergraduates. Six students have already graduated with the minor, each prepared with a unique set of skills based on their interests in the field. Matthew Britten, who graduated this fall with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, is among the first … Continue reading Bioengineering minor offers students new applications for engineering education

Magnetic refrigeration cleaner and more efficient

A new cooling technology — cleaner, more efficient, and with the potential to have broad-ranging effects on global warming — is just around the corner, according to Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. After … Continue reading Magnetic refrigeration cleaner and more efficient

Engineering students discuss effort to plan, execute state LEGO robot competition

A LEGO contest may seem trivial to an outsider, but for the 72 teams of 9-to-14-year-old students involved in Saturday’s FIRST LEGO League State Competition, building a robot that can complete an obstacle course of tasks on its own was anything but child’s play. Chris Tourek, graduate student in mechanical engineering and FIRST Lego League … Continue reading Engineering students discuss effort to plan, execute state LEGO robot competition