CCEE grad students host 2nd annual research showcase

The 2nd Annual CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition attracted nearly 200 graduate students, faculty, industry representatives, and others November 29 on second floor Town Engineering Building. The event was entirely run by CCEE graduate students. Thirty-one graduate students presented their latest research posters, positioned in a gallery-like setting on second floor Town … Continue reading CCEE grad students host 2nd annual research showcase

Chemical engineering professor featured in The Catalyst Review

Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, assistant professor and Carol & Jack Johnson Faculty Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was the featured “Mover & Shaker” in The Catalyst Review‘s November 2012 edition. In the article, Tessonnier discusses the interdisciplinary approach his group uses to develop defect-engineering strategies that will enable the design of a new class … Continue reading Chemical engineering professor featured in The Catalyst Review

Grad student, professor advance soil test technology invented by emeritus professor Richard Handy

An Iowa State University geotechnical engineering research duo has automated a soil strength test invented by an Iowa State civil engineering professor emeritus. Jeramy Ashlock, assistant professor and Black & Veatch Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow, and geotechnical engineering Master’s graduate Ted Bechtum have automated the Borehole Shear Test (BST), an on-site soil … Continue reading Grad student, professor advance soil test technology invented by emeritus professor Richard Handy

CE graduate granted Council of University Transportation Centers award

Eirini Kastrouni, 2012 transportation engineering Master’s graduate, has been selected to receive one of the prestigious student awards given annually by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), the C.V. Wootan Award in masters category, in recognition of the outstanding thesis she prepared as part of her studies at Iowa State University. Read more in … Continue reading CE graduate granted Council of University Transportation Centers award

Electrical Engineering alumni has successful career in sales management

While many consider the study and application of engineering to be a branch of science involved only with design and structures, James Contardi, 1985 Iowa State electrical engineering alumnus, argues that engineering is more of a way of thinking. Contardi’s extensive career has brought him around the world and back, allowing him to grow primarily in … Continue reading Electrical Engineering alumni has successful career in sales management

Charles Fiterman, engineering alum, wins Boeing innovation award

Charles J. Fiterman, an environmental control systems expert with Boeing and an Iowa State College of Engineering alumnus, has won two of that company’s annual Special Invention Awards recognizing excellence in engineering innovation. Fiterman was recognized for his work on two teams that developed major improvements to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, their newest and most energy … Continue reading Charles Fiterman, engineering alum, wins Boeing innovation award

Matt Frank featured in articles in USA Today and Des Moines Register

IMSE Associate Professor Matt Frank and his research are featured in two articles in USA Today and the Des Moines Register that discuss how universities are pushing for new patents while the revenue from research has been falling. Read both articles below: Des Moines Register: Universities’ research revenue falls while push for patents increases USA … Continue reading Matt Frank featured in articles in USA Today and Des Moines Register

Chemical engineering student writes book trilogy

College students liberate themselves in variety of activities between classes and schoolwork, but for Christopher Jacobs, writing alleviates all his frustrations in a self-satisfying way. Jacobs, senior in chemical engineering, wrote his first book, “Olympus Falling,” during his freshman year at Iowa State. Read more in a Nov. 6 Iowa State Daily story.

Construction engineering students rebuild Johnson City, Tenn.

Thirty-seven members of the Iowa State University student chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) are in Johnson City, Tenn., this week to help rebuild homes after the city’s devastating flood in summer 2012. Through Wednesday, Nov. 21, construction engineering students construct joists, flooring, walls, sheathing and roofing for three homes destroyed by the flood. Bristol, … Continue reading Construction engineering students rebuild Johnson City, Tenn.

CE grad student wins ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineer

PhD candidate Justin Vander Werff won the 2012 Iowa Section American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Award for Outstanding Civil Engineer. The ASCE award honors a practicing engineer in industry or academia in recognition of promotion and advancement of the field of civil engineering in the state of Iowa. Vander Werff says he is “a bit … Continue reading CE grad student wins ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineer

ME grad student works with next generation biofuel technology

One ISU researcher plays an important role in designing the future of next generation biofuel technology. Nicholas Creager, graduate student in mechanical engineering, designed and built a prototype gasifier, which combines elements from gasification and fast pyrolysis to produce transportation fuels. This gasifier is part of a two-step process. The first step is to convert … Continue reading ME grad student works with next generation biofuel technology

Rouse designs power line pole more resistant to collapse

There are approximately 185 million power transmission poles in North America, and more than two million need to be replaced each year. An Iowa State University professor and a former Iowa State University graduate student have designed what they believe is a better pole that will cost less to install, help prevent power failures after storms, … Continue reading Rouse designs power line pole more resistant to collapse

New Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Faculty Member to Work with Livestock Producers

AMES, Iowa — A new faculty member in Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is researching and working with livestock producers on manure management and water quality matters. Daniel Andersen started in August as an assistant professor after working at Iowa State as a graduate research assistant while a graduate student. He … Continue reading New Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Faculty Member to Work with Livestock Producers

Construction engineering teams win in Midwest proposal competition

Three construction engineering (ConE) student teams placed first in the 20th Annual Associated Schools of Construction Region IV Student Management Competition held October 25-27 in Nebraska City, Neb. Iowa State teams in the contest’s commercial, design-build, and residential divisions placed first. An Iowa State team placed third in the heavy/civil category. Twenty-six teams representing 12 … Continue reading Construction engineering teams win in Midwest proposal competition