College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

A week of math in the summer isn’t a bummer

GILBERT — Will Greeder wasn’t so excited about going to summer school. The seventh-grader-to-be at Gilbert Middle School began attending this week’s math camp for obligatory reasons. “My mom signed me up,” Greeder said. But he kept coming back because this wasn’t an ordinary class. Taught by Ambar Mitra, an aerospace engineering professor at Iowa …Continue reading “A week of math in the summer isn’t a bummer”

Levitas receives second Humboldt Fellowship

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member in both aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for alumni in recognition of his research the field of mechanics of materials. Levitas received a Humbodlt-Research Fellowship in 1993 that allowed him to conduct research for two years in Germany. After …Continue reading “Levitas receives second Humboldt Fellowship”

Greenhouse Trials Underway for Biobased Plant Containers Project

MSE professor Mike Kessler and the rest of the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) are currently working on developing biorenewables and biodegradable containers for the specialty crop industry. They are researching biorenewable polymers and composites to find containers that function the same as the current petroleum-based plastic containers without the disadvantages.

Blizzard Family Scholarship available for incoming ConE freshmen

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) offers the Blizzard Family Scholarship for incoming Iowa State construction engineering freshmen during the 2012-13 academic year. Although this year’s scholarship monies are undetermined, three $4,000 scholarships went to students for the 2011-12 academic year. To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must major in construction …Continue reading “Blizzard Family Scholarship available for incoming ConE freshmen”

Wind Energy Initiative builds research, education programs

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University engineers, researchers and educators want to be part of America’s wind energy solution. And so they’re building programs and partnerships to boost the university’s expertise in just about every aspect of the wind energy industry: aerodynamics, grid integration, manufacturing, meteorology, nacelles and blades, policy, reliability and towers. So far, …Continue reading “Wind Energy Initiative builds research, education programs”

Professor Brent Shanks earns top university, college research awards

Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor Brent Shanks, from Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), recently garnered two top Iowa State awards: the Iowa State University Foundation Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Research and the College of Engineering’s D. R. Boylan Eminent Faculty Award for Research. Each award represents Shanks’ pioneering …Continue reading “Professor Brent Shanks earns top university, college research awards”

A lesson in lifelong learning

As a junior at Linn-Mar High School, Sandra Thurn, BSEE’86 and MEngSE’96, wasn’t initially thinking about attending college. It was the early 60s and a time when women weren’t necessarily encouraged to pursue higher education. But a conversation with her high school advisor inspired what she calls a “change of heart.” The advisor, aware of …Continue reading “A lesson in lifelong learning”

Bioeconomy Institute director says creating new products ‘never is quick’

Robert Brown, director of Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute, is asked frequently these days when the next generation of biofuels will flow through gas pumps and into automobile tanks. His reply: “You tell me the price of oil.” Brown’s reply seems like a wiseacre comeback, but it reflects the pressure commodity markets and politics exert …Continue reading “Bioeconomy Institute director says creating new products ‘never is quick’”

Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory heads out to sea

Engineering professors at Iowa State University are part of an international, collaborative research team recently awarded $4.1 million from the Department of Energy (DOE). The team, led by Sandia National Laboratories, also includes researchers from the University of Maine (UMaine), TPI Composites, and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Iowa State’s researchers, who will receive …Continue reading “Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory heads out to sea”

ECpE engineers featured in EEWeb

Manimaran Govindarasu, Professor and Associate Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Doug Jacobson, University Professor, and Koray Celik, ECpE graduate assistant, were featured this week in EEWeb, one of the premier online communities for electrical engineering hardware designers. Govindarsu discusses how he first became interested in the engineering field and what is on his book shelf. …Continue reading “ECpE engineers featured in EEWeb”

Isibor Awarded Microsoft Technology Scholarship

Daisy Isibor, a junior in the Iowa State University Computer Engineering program, was awarded the Microsoft Technology Scholarship, a $5,000 award for the 2012-13 academic year. Isibor, a transfer from the University of Northern Iowa, is spending the summer as an intern at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. headquarters and is a member of the Phi Eta …Continue reading “Isibor Awarded Microsoft Technology Scholarship”

For love of a country

To Iowa State alumnus Mamoun Dawlebeit (MSAgE’80; PhDAgE’83), agricultural engineering is more than a career—it’s a way to improve the livelihood of his people. Native to Sudan, he is well aware of the challenges his country will face, like competition over land use, deforestation, and other impacts of climate change that will affect the economy. …Continue reading “For love of a country”

ECpE’s Dalal Receives IBM Faculty Award

Vikram Dalal’s solar cell research continues to turn heads. Dalal, Thomas M. Whitney Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded the 2012 IBM Faculty Award, his second in as many years. Much of the $38,000 award will go toward building a new deposition system for the solar research teams. “This award will go a …Continue reading “ECpE’s Dalal Receives IBM Faculty Award”

Students key to Iowa State University’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibit

AMES, Iowa — Seven Iowa State University students played essential roles in the creation of Iowa State’s exhibit for the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 27-July 1 and July 4-8, in Washington, D.C. The students helped refine the exhibit concept, build the model, research the hardware, program the games, design the custom control system, write the …Continue reading “Students key to Iowa State University’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival exhibit”

Peters and Eichorn receive College of Engineering awards

  IMSE Associate Professor Frank Peters received the Superior Engineering Teaching Award, and IMSE administrative specialist Jeff Eichorn received the Dean’s Staff Excellence Award. These awards recognize Frank and Jeff’s stellar service and dedication to the IMSE Department and the College of Engineering. Both Frank and Jeff will be recognized and given plaques at the …Continue reading “Peters and Eichorn receive College of Engineering awards”