College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua

While most students were lounging in the sun and taking a rest on spring break, three agricultural engineering (AgE) seniors were busy working with local Nicaraguans to provide a fruit preservation method for their community. Kristine Gleason, Alyse Herr, and Nicole Stoll partnered with EOS International to travel to Nicaragua and design and test a …Continue reading “Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua”

AGC completes 2,700 hours of service work over spring break

Students in construction engineering aren’t strangers to framing floors and walls, installing drywall, insulation, and siding, or constructing cabinets and fences. Since 2006, they have spent their spring breaks putting these skills to work for neighbors in need. From March 11 to March 19, 2011, 40 members of the Iowa State University Associated General Contractors …Continue reading “AGC completes 2,700 hours of service work over spring break”

Harding to appear on the Discovery Channel

Margaret Harding (NucE’81) will be featured on the Discovery Channel’s show “Nuclear Nightmare: Japan in Crisis.” The show will run April 28, at 10:00 p.m.; April 29, at 1:00 a.m.; and May 11, at 11:00 a.m. The program will provide a comprehensive timeline of the unthinkable natural disaster that triggered a nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi, …Continue reading “Harding to appear on the Discovery Channel”

Steel Bridge Team advances to national competition

Success is nothing new to the ISU Steel Bridge Team. After placing third at the Midwest North Conference Regionals in March, the team will advance to compete in the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in College Station, Texas. Read the full story.

Roling named student marshal

Luke Roling, senior in chemical engineering, will be leading the engineering class as it enters Iowa State’s graduation commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011, after being selected as this semester’s College of Engineering student marshal. His faculty escort will be Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Eric Cochran. Roling will be receiving degrees in …Continue reading “Roling named student marshal”

Gschneidner named MRS Fellow

Karl Gschneidner’s passion for research in rare earth metals is as strong now as it was nearly 60 years ago when he began working with these materials. He says it’s exciting science that allows him to make new discoveries often, with each finding enticing him to come back to see what the next day will …Continue reading “Gschneidner named MRS Fellow”

Solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indy 500

Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car racing team, will be back on track in early May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix is part of the speedway’s Emerging Tech Day, a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Read the full story from ISU News Service Read …Continue reading “Solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indy 500”

FIRST LEGO team coach wins volunteer award

On April 18, 2011, construction engineering alumnus Claire Bassett received an Outstanding College Volunteer award during the Story County Youth Volunteer Awards. One of her volunteer activities included being a coach for the Flying Monkeys, a local FIRST LEGO team who won the inaugural Global Innovation Award. The Volunteer Center of Story County and Iowa State University …Continue reading “FIRST LEGO team coach wins volunteer award”

Engineering sales program brings industry perspective to students

Introducing engineering students to a less traditional career path, Iowa State’s program in technical sales quickly evolved from the industrial engineering department having two courses in the subject to an increasingly popular minor and strong student organization. The program in technical sales offers engineering students the opportunity to learn about sales techniques and strategies, as …Continue reading “Engineering sales program brings industry perspective to students”

AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins

AirPad, the Aerial Imaging Reconnaissance Program for Agricultural Development, will soon be able to reach a major milestone thanks to a significant gift from Rockwell Collins. The program is planning to design, build, and test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agricultural remote sensing in developing parts of the world. “We have started fabricating a concept model, and this …Continue reading “AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins”

Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers

David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery. Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the way through an ethanol plant, from storage to hammer mill to slurry tanks to jet cooker to liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, …Continue reading “Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers”

Local FIRST LEGO team wins Global Innovation Award

A prosthetic device created by a Girl Scout team from Ames and Gilbert―known as the “Flying Monkeys”―has earned the team the inaugural FIRST Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation. The Flying Monkeys will receive up to $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation toward patenting their invention, called the BOB-1. The team submitted …Continue reading “Local FIRST LEGO team wins Global Innovation Award”