Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals continues gaining momentum in its effort to transform the chemical industry. The center, referred to as CBiRC, was recently awarded an additional three years of funding from NSF. The added $12 million brings the total award to $30.5 million over eight years, and will … Continue reading Engineering perspective underlies success at CBiRC

Rivero prepares for collaborative research upon arrival at Iowa State

Iris Rivero has made her way around North America throughout her education and career. In her latest move, Rivero trekked from Lubbock, Texas, to Ames, where she joined the Iowa State faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). When Rivero, a native of Puerto Rico, began her … Continue reading Rivero prepares for collaborative research upon arrival at Iowa State

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NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Engineers and scientists are working together in new ways to invent catalysts that lead to industrial chemicals from biorenewable resources. Industrial partnerships are expanding. Startup companies are launching. Education partnerships are reaching teachers and students. And an international reputation is growing. They’re all steps the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at … Continue reading NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Ames Laboratory, Iowa Waste Reduction Center win award for improving virtual reality spray paint training software

AMES, Iowa — Spray paint training and designing next-generation power plants don’t seem, at first glance, to have much to do with one another. But, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory recently partnered with the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at the University of Northern Iowa to improve spray paint training using a virtual engineering … Continue reading Ames Laboratory, Iowa Waste Reduction Center win award for improving virtual reality spray paint training software

Regele joins Aerospace faculty

Jonathan Regele’s time in industry has given him an appreciation for academia along with a good sense of what’s important for students who plan to enter the workforce. And he’s looking forward to bringing that experience to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State. Regele began his education at the University of California, Irvine, … Continue reading Regele joins Aerospace faculty

Potential employers, students meet, mingle at Engineering Career Fair

In order to gain experience beyond the classroom, students headed to Hilton Coliseum and the Scheman Building to meet and mingle with potential employers at the fall Engineering Career Fair. While elbow room and walking space were hard to come by due to the throngs of attendees, excellent professional opportunities were not. With more than … Continue reading Potential employers, students meet, mingle at Engineering Career Fair

ChemE post-doctorate takes on ME assistant professor position

For Alberto Passalacqua, transitioning from his position as a postdoctoral assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering to assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is definitely an adjustment. But he feels his research emphasis in computational fluid dynamics of multiphase flows will help make for a smooth move. Passalacqua began his education in … Continue reading ChemE post-doctorate takes on ME assistant professor position

Iowa State hosts world’s largest cyber defense competition

Iowa State Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted its annual student cyber defense competition on Saturday. With more than 150 student participants, the event ranked as the largest cyber defense competition in the world. Iowa State students were split into teams and were given two weeks to build their own systems on virtual machines that could … Continue reading Iowa State hosts world’s largest cyber defense competition

Professor Richard LeSar – Article Featured in MRS Bulletin

Dr. Richard LeSar, MSE Professor, had an article featured in the April 2012 MRS Bulletin Special Issue. The article, entitled “Teaching Sustainable Development in Materials Science and Engineering,” discusses three materials sustainability programs designed by the authors that are being implemented in the U.S. and the different approaches each program takes. The hope for these … Continue reading Professor Richard LeSar – Article Featured in MRS Bulletin

Bringing diverse experience to senior design

With past experiences and knowledge gained in industry, new aerospace engineering faculty member Tom Gielda is confident he has what it takes to add value to the department’s capstone senior design course. Gielda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 from Michigan State University (MSU), at which time he was commissioned a … Continue reading Bringing diverse experience to senior design

Heising discusses views on renewable energy in Des Moines Register opinion column

The Des Moines Register published an opinion column written by IMSE Professor Carolyn Heising called “Realistic look at clean-energy sources is vital.” In the article, Dr. Heising discusses her view on how renewable energy and nuclear power are necessary to consider when looking toward the future. Read the column at the Des Moines Register web … Continue reading Heising discusses views on renewable energy in Des Moines Register opinion column