New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates

As wind energy becomes an increasingly promising renewable energy source, research in the area continues to pick up at Iowa State. Undergraduate students interested in the growing field now have a way to get more involved through the newly established Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) program. WESEP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) … Continue reading New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates

Gschneidner to lead Ames Lab research in developing new methods to create rare-earth magnets

Karl Gschneidner Jr., a senior metallurgist for the Ames Laboratory and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will play a key role in the cooperative research and development agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Molycorp Inc., the Western hemisphere’s only producer of rare-earth oxides. The Molycorp-Ames Laboratory effort … Continue reading Gschneidner to lead Ames Lab research in developing new methods to create rare-earth magnets

Jacobson adds information security insight to Viewpoints interview

During a recent Viewpoints segment about Google, Doug Jacobson, Professor of Electrical  and Computer Engineering and Director of the Information Assurance Center, discussed how Google can seemingly know where you are located during searches by evaluating the address your computer uses when it connects to the Internet. He also discussed how companies can’t tie your … Continue reading Jacobson adds information security insight to Viewpoints interview

Sumit Chaudhary

Chaudhary’s quest to improve organic solar cell efficiency gains traction with new approach and funding

An engineering professor’s plan to introduce ferroelectrics into the organic layers used to fabricate polymer solar cells may be the ingredient that could make the technology available to consumers in the very near future. Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sumit Chaudhary says ferroelectric materials, which act like dipoles with a positive and negative … Continue reading Chaudhary’s quest to improve organic solar cell efficiency gains traction with new approach and funding

Aerospace engineering to honor three alumni

Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will induct three prominent alumni into the department’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Friday, April 8, 2011. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. The 2011 inductees are Kathleen Howell (BSAerE’73), Hsu Lo Professor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, … Continue reading Aerospace engineering to honor three alumni

Fukushima: Timeline, Facts, and Implications for Nuclear Power

Margaret Harding, a member of Iowa State’s Engineering College Industrial Advisory Council (ECIAC), will present her lecture “Fukushima: Timeline, Facts, and Implications for Nuclear Power,” on Wednesday, March 30, in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall at 6:00 p.m. Margaret has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, spending many … Continue reading Fukushima: Timeline, Facts, and Implications for Nuclear Power

AgE alum works toward renewable energy

Don Erbach (PhDAgE’74) has joined the board of directors of Advanced Biofuels USA. He has clocked 40 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service with a focus on technologies related to improving soil management and crop production. Read the full story.

Time to listen

For all the incredible work that engineers perform each day to make our lives better, it seems that we often don’t hear much about them unless we’re faced head-on with a crisis. We hear of “scientific discoveries” and “engineering disasters.”  The general public’s knowledge of what engineers do is limited. We just know that our … Continue reading Time to listen

Solar panels from Ames firm to aid Japan disaster victims

PowerFilm Solar, an Ames company that makes flexible solar panels, is sending several of its products to Japan to help people who lost their homes in the earthquake and tsunami this month. From its beginning, the company has been tied to Iowa State University and the College of Engineering. The founders were given incubator space … Continue reading Solar panels from Ames firm to aid Japan disaster victims

Computer engineering students receive IBM PhD fellowships

  Ames, Iowa — For the fifth time in the past seven years, IBM has awarded PhD fellowships to Iowa State ECpE students. This year, two computer engineering PhD students—Cory Kleinheksel of Wilton, Iowa, and Joseph Idziorek of Duluth, Minn.—each have been awarded an IBM PhD Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. The awards come … Continue reading Computer engineering students receive IBM PhD fellowships