Archives for June 2011

Iowa State hybrid lab combines technologies to make biorenewable fuels and products

Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory. Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms – in this case, Shewanella bacteria – were growing and biochemically converting sugars into hydrocarbons, said Jarboe, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemical and [Continue Reading…]

CoE receives 2011 SSTFI Volunteerism Traveling Trophy

A new trophy found its way into Marston Hall to recognize the college’s outstanding effort in recruiting the most volunteers for this year’s State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI). Jay Staker, chairman of the board of SSTFI, delivered the SSTFI Volunteerism Traveling Trophy to an enthused Camille Sloan Schroeder. Schroeder, director of engineering [Continue Reading…]

IT-Olympics challenges high school students to test cyber security

Iowa high school students traveled from all across the state to participate in the 2011 IT Olympics. Over 300 students spent two days in Hilton Coliseum on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The IT-Olympics have been held at Iowa State University for the past four years to showcase skills high school students learn [Continue Reading…]

College accepts budget proposal submitted by McLaughlin

Event coordinator for aerospace engineering Susan McLaughlin has devised a plan that will save the College of Engineering thousands of dollars. McLaughlin began looking at the money the college was spending to rent tables and chairs for events after she received an e-mail Dean Jonathan Wickert sent college-wide requesting input on a new budget plan. [Continue Reading…]

Boeing’s Pastega welcomes the lessons of a good challenge

As Kim Pastega settles on a hard chair in a Howe Hall classroom—a chair that is better suited for keeping students alert during class than for hosting a prestigious guest—she does not seem the least bit uncomfortable. Never mind that she has just walked downstairs from a ceremony that inducted her into the Department of [Continue Reading…]

Researchers tracking performance of ISU Solar Decathlon House

When Iowa State University participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon competition, the plan was to eventually monitor the long-term performance of the solar-powered Interlock House, which was designed and constructed by students. The Interlock House has been reassembled at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Honey Creek Resort State Park for [Continue Reading…]

Terpenny will lead industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State

The College of Engineering has selected Dr. Janis Terpenny to chair the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE).  She will also be the inaugural holder of the Joseph Walkup Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Terpenny is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in the Department of Engineering Education [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering student holds executive position in a national organization

Students at Iowa State quickly realize participating in the more than 700 student clubs and organizations at the university offers a chance to learn new things and meet new people. One engineering undergraduate is helping students across the globe gain similar experiences. Rick Hanton, senior in computer engineering, is the chair of the U.S. chapter [Continue Reading…]

Hanton holds executive position in a national organization

Students at Iowa State quickly realize participating in the more than 700 student clubs and organizations at the university offers a chance to learn new things and meet new people. One engineering undergraduate is helping students across the globe gain similar experiences. Rick Hanton, senior in computer engineering, is the chair of the U.S. chapter [Continue Reading…]

Former student gets global engineering perspective

Anna Claussen traveled more during college than many people do in their entire lives. Claussen, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in civil, construction, and environmental engineering (CCEE) and Spanish, is using these experiences to gain an international outlook on engineering. She first traveled abroad during her sophomore year at Iowa State for a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team optimistic about off-road racer

Chase Schuette prepared a gear shaft for another dose of heat treatment. Justin Upah attached plastic body panels to the metal chassis tubes. And Eric Schluttner huddled over a 10-horsepower, Briggs & Stratton engine, preparing to finish and attach a safety cover for the belt that connects the engine to the transmission. It was another [Continue Reading…]

Professor addresses big questions for nuclear power

On May 26, 1958, in western Pennsylvania, the first nuclear power plant began generating electricity in the United States, ushering in a new era in energy production that would fuel economic growth and eventually transform the industrial world. Yet more than a half-century later, even as nuclear power moves to the fore in helping to [Continue Reading…]