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Bond publishes article on fitness tests for nuclear reactors

Leonard Bond, director for the Center of Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and professor of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State, was recently published in IEEE Spectrum, a magazine edited by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Bond provided his expertise on the life span of nuclear reactors in an article entitled Fitness Tests for Old Nuclear …Continue reading “Bond publishes article on fitness tests for nuclear reactors”

CoE alumnus performs pioneering research, assists developing nations

Combining a deep passion for engineering with a strong desire to support advancement in developing nations, Nathan Johnson, a 2004 graduate of the College of Engineering, uses his technical skills to aid development in some of the poorest regions in the world. It’s a pattern that started early in his academic career. After completing a …Continue reading “CoE alumnus performs pioneering research, assists developing nations”

Enduring relationship benefits many: Business, economy, state

There’s no question that the relationship between Iowa State University and Sauer-Danfoss in Ames, Iowa, is a longstanding one. With the company’s first ISU graduate hire dating back decades, Sauer-Danfoss has been an active partner to the Iowa State University Engineering program for years. Read more about the partnership in a Sauer-Danfoss article.

Brent Shanks, CBiRC featured in ‘Chemical & Engineering News’

Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor Brent Shanks and NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) were featured in the August 6 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. In the article, “Teaming up for biobased chemicals,” Shanks describes the challenges faced with developing commercially viable biobased substitutes for petrochemicals. Read the August 6 Chemical & …Continue reading “Brent Shanks, CBiRC featured in ‘Chemical & Engineering News’”

MacDonald receives ASME young investigator award

Erin MacDonald, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State and affiliated researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory, recently received the ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes an outstanding young investigator who is making noteworthy contributions in the area of design automation, including research in design representation, design optimization, …Continue reading “MacDonald receives ASME young investigator award”

Iowa State University named the top source of graduates hired by aerospace and defense companies

More engineering students graduating from Iowa State University are hired in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry than from any other university. This is according to Aviation Week and Space Technology’s annual study, which has identified trends in technological challenges, leadership, demographics, and compensation, and ranked the top universities for A&D recruitment since 1997. Iowa …Continue reading “Iowa State University named the top source of graduates hired by aerospace and defense companies”

‘Legend’ inspired ISU’s Anderson

Written by Tiffany De Masters Des Moines Register An astronaut who graduated from Iowa State University said Saturday that Neil Armstrong stood out among the veteran space explorers he looked up to. “He was the first to set foot on the moon. He is a legend, he is an icon, he is an American hero; …Continue reading “‘Legend’ inspired ISU’s Anderson”

Vance receives honorary doctorate

Judy Vance, Joseph C. And Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor of Engineering, has received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, U.K. Heriot-Watt University has awarded Honorary Degrees every year since 1966, and has recognized more than 400 exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievement and distinction in spheres of activity that …Continue reading “Vance receives honorary doctorate”

Assistant professor in mechanical engineering receives DARPA Award

Gap-Yong Kim, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award. The award, established to recognize junior faculty members who show great potential and expose them to the needs of the Department of Defense, will provide $231,912 to fund a two-year project. The overall goal of Kim’s …Continue reading “Assistant professor in mechanical engineering receives DARPA Award”

New Zealand Fulbright grantee chooses Iowa State earthquake engineering

Jonathan Watkins moved 8,000 miles from the epicenter of earthquake-prone New Zealand to research earthquake engineering at Iowa State. Dr. Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, led Watkins to Ames for a year-long research experience under the worldly renowned Fulbright Program. Watkins, a PhD candidate in civil …Continue reading “New Zealand Fulbright grantee chooses Iowa State earthquake engineering”

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers invent new tool to study single biological molecules

By blending optical and atomic force microscope technologies, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have found a way to complete 3-D measurements of single biological molecules with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Read the story about ECpE courtesy professor Sanjeevi Sivasankar and Ph.D. student Chi-Fu Yen’s research from Iowa State News Service.

MyState app offers improved functionality for ISU students

The Iowa State Daily takes a look at MyState – the app recently released for students to help them navigate Iowa State’s campus. It features a variety of tools, including access to news, events, laundry information, CyRide routes, and computer lab schedules. MyState is powered by the the College of Engineering in partnership with the Government of the Student …Continue reading “MyState app offers improved functionality for ISU students”

Building on success

As I began preparing for when I would take the College of Engineering’s reins from Jonathan Wickert, who is now the senior vice president and provost at Iowa State, I knew the college was in great shape. Each day on the job of interim dean, I realize just how true this is. Our research funding …Continue reading “Building on success”