Archives for February 2012

Wind energy powers up alumnus’ career

When Brian Lapcewich enrolled at Iowa State in 2005 as an undeclared engineering major, he didn’t know his passion for engineering would lead him to a career where an ordinary day at the office would mean standing atop an 80-meter high wind turbine. As a junior in high school, Lapcewich toured the campus and fell [Continue Reading…]

IPAT wins Department of Energy contest

Iowa Power Atomization Technologies (IPAT), a startup company based in Nevada, Iowa, was selected as a winner for the Department of Energy’s Next Top Energy Innovator competition. The company, run by materials science and engineering graduates and postdoc research associates Joel Rieken and Andy Heidloff, was among three companies announced as winners after a public vote and expert review of [Continue Reading…]

HCI student named Forty under 40 Business Leader

Sondra Ashmore, PhD student in human computer interaction (HCI), is part of the Business Record’s Forty under 40 Business Leaders Class of 2012. The award recognizes 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 for their career achievements and community involvement. Ashmore and her peers will be honored during a reception on March 27. [Continue Reading…]

ME chair finalists to give seminars February 13, 16

Two finalists for the mechanical engineering department chair position at Iowa State will be on campus the week of February 13-17, 2012. Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian, National Science Foundation IGERT program director and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, will give a seminar on February 13, from 10 – 10:50 a.m. in [Continue Reading…]

Sustainability minor has broad-based appeal

Iowa State’s new sustainability minor is only a few months old. But a hundred students are enrolled in one of the minor’s core courses this semester. In a recent show of hands, some three-fourths of the students in the class indicated their intent to minor in sustainability. The idea for the minor grew out of [Continue Reading…]

Nobel laureate Shechtman returns to campus next week

For the first time since receiving the chemistry prize, Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman will return to campus for a few weeks this month. He will meet with students and members of the Iowa media on Feb. 14 and give a public lecture on Feb. 20. In October, Shechtman was named the recipient of the 2011 [Continue Reading…]

Making the most of the freshman year

The freshman year at any university, and particularly in a rigorous engineering program, can be challenging – a new place, new social connections, and new academic expectations. One of the trends we’ve seen nationwide since the 1990s is a renewed emphasis of offering more engineering courses up-front in the curriculum, including during the freshman year. [Continue Reading…]

Employers, Iowa State students make matches at Engineering Career Fair

For many at the College of Engineering Career Fair, the roles of the recruiter and the student were similar. Hundreds of employers came to find suitable employees and hundreds of students came to find suitable employers Tuesday at Hilton Coliseum. Many recruiters are ISU graduates themselves and are familiar with the process. Read the Iowa [Continue Reading…]

ME chair finalist to give seminar February 9

James Klausner, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Florida, is a finalist for the mechanical engineering department chair position at Iowa State. He will give a seminar on February 9, 2012, from 10 – 10:50 a.m. in 2004 Black Engineering. During the seminar, Klausner will discuss his research and vision for [Continue Reading…]

Speedway Illustrated features ME undergrad student’s innovation

Scott Lograsso, senior in mechanical engineering, was featured in an article in January’s edition of Speedway Illustrated for applying what he learns at Iowa State to his hobby stock car dirt track racing. Sports Illustrated is a magazine that covers dirt track racing and national touring series, technical tips, and features on racers. Full story [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Steptoe Group partner to treat brain disorders

Last fall, Iowa State University Palmer Department Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor David C. Jiles announced a groundbreaking research and development partnership between Iowa State University and the Steptoe Group, LLC. The partnership focuses on bioengineering of new diagnostic and treatment interventions in several brain disorders. The joint R&D [Continue Reading…]

Flying Monkeys at White House Science Fair

A small contingency of the Flying Monkeys, a group of Girl Scouts and FIRST LEGO League Team from Ames, Iowa, who developed a prosthetic hand device to help a three-year-old toddler without fingers write, are in Washington DC to represent the team at the White House Science Fair. The fair is being held on Tuesday, [Continue Reading…]