Hyperion brings home hardware

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm and their solar car, Hyperion, brought home the second place overall finish in the 2012 American Solar Car Challenge in July. They also brought home two other awards, including Best Mechanical Design and Best Electrical Design. Watch the video here.

Iowa State’s ThinkSpace technology better prepares students to solve real-world problems

IMSE associate professor John Jackman helped lead a faculty effort to see if Iowa State’s Information Technology Services could develop something for more universal use across multiple disciplines, which helped to start ThinkSpace. Jay Newell, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, calls ThinkSpace “the greatest thing since sliced … Continue reading Iowa State’s ThinkSpace technology better prepares students to solve real-world problems

CoE supports CIRAS

The College of Engineering is actively involved in advancing extension services of the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). The latest CIRAS newsletter highlights many of the college’s efforts including: Collaboration in the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) Successfully executing the Engineering Career Fair Hosting a Bioplastics/Biocomposites Workshop Conducting research in computer security defense, … Continue reading CoE supports CIRAS

Should the Wind Turbine Industry Head for the Hills?

At dusk outside Limon, an isolated interstate interchange on Colorado’s vast eastern frontier, a string of active wind turbines lines the southwest horizon — their red aviation warning lights almost keeping time with their rotating blades. And more are on the way; the local hotels are packed with summer wind farm construction workers pulling three … Continue reading Should the Wind Turbine Industry Head for the Hills?

Jonathan Wickert and Chloe Dedic

Engineering college honors Wickert as he moves to Provost office

On July 17, 2012, colleagues across the College of Engineering gathered in Marston Hall to wish Jonathan Wickert well on his next endeavor – becoming the next senior vice president and provost at Iowa State. The event, hosted by the college’s department chairs and associate deans, was held to honor the outstanding leadership and service to students, … Continue reading Engineering college honors Wickert as he moves to Provost office

Cybersecurity in the smart grid

Manimaran Govindarasu, Associate Chair of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was interviewed by the IEEE Smart Grid Portal this week. Govindarasu offered his expertise on cybersecurity in the smart grid, and touched on the challenges and concerns researchers face when securing the nation’s power grid against cyber attacks. Read the interview with the … Continue reading Cybersecurity in the smart grid

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Rollins named 2012 TBP McDonald Mentor

Derrick K. Rollins, professor of chemical and biological engineering and professor-in-charge of community-based recruitment and transition at Iowa State University, is the 2012 Tau Beta Pi (TBP)-McDonald Mentor. Established in 2005 by Marion and Capers W. McDonald and the Association, the McDonald Mentor Award recognizes engineering educators or professionals in industry, government, or service organizations who have shown true … Continue reading Rollins named 2012 TBP McDonald Mentor

Hyperion’s reliability earns Team PrISUm a second place finish

Hyperion cruised across the St. Paul finish line Saturday for a second place finish despite a rainy morning. Waking to gloomy skies and steady rain, Team PrISUm got off to a slow start as it left LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The team decided to take today’s final leg of the American Solar Car Challenge cautiously, seeing the … Continue reading Hyperion’s reliability earns Team PrISUm a second place finish

Tom Brumm, professor-in-charge of online learning

Magazine honors online learning programs as ‘model of efficiency’

Iowa State University is one of eight colleges and universities recognized by University Business magazine’s Models of Efficiency program, which recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through improvements in technology or business processes. Iowa State was honored for merging the online departments of its College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and … Continue reading Magazine honors online learning programs as ‘model of efficiency’

M:2:I continues to grow

Last summer, the aerospace engineering (AerE) department announced plans for Make to Innovate (M:2:I) – a new program to engage students in hands-on projects. Over the past year, the program has seen students flood in and new projects emerge, demonstrating that M:2:I has staying power. Getting the program up and running When M:2:I was established, … Continue reading M:2:I continues to grow

Senator Harkin’s office learns about CIRAS, Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs

Rob Barron, state director for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, met with CIRAS staff July 11 to learn more about its Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Steve Devlin, CIRAS MEP director, and Derek Thompson, CIRAS account manager, met with Barron and Glen Meier, director of corporate business development at Renewable Energy Group (REG), to highlight the role … Continue reading Senator Harkin’s office learns about CIRAS, Manufacturing Extension Partnership programs

Engineering Kids Day Camp is bigger than before

DAVENPORT – Engineering Kids Day Camp is back by popular demand! We have added an extra day to ensure everyone has the best engineering experience possible. This camp is an exciting, engaging experience for your young engineer. Fun, imaginative sessions including LEGO robotics and the opportunity to create and learn side by side with engineering students from … Continue reading Engineering Kids Day Camp is bigger than before

McCalley offers expertise

Marion, Iowa has contracted with Plasma Power to provide 300 tons of garbage per day to the firm’s first-of-its-kind plasma arc plant. The plant would produce steam. The city is checking into setting up a municipal utility to use that steam to run turbines to create electricity. For a town the size of Marion— population … Continue reading McCalley offers expertise