Doug Jacobson

Jacobson wins IEEE award for education innovation

Doug Jacobson, University Professor of electrical and computer engineering and IEEE fellow, was presented with a 2012 Major Educational Innovation Award from the IEEE Educational Activities Board at a ceremony held in Austin, Texas, February 15. The award recognized Jacobson’s career in instruction and educational outreach, citing him for “creating innovative materials that support the … Continue reading Jacobson wins IEEE award for education innovation

Delegation to India returns to Iowa

Numerous possibilities could come as a result of desired relations between India and Iowa, although all developments are currently in preliminary stages. Jonathan Wickert, senior vice president and provost, Mufit Akinc, interim dean of the college of engineering, and Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the college of agriculture and life sciences, represented Iowa State in the … Continue reading Delegation to India returns to Iowa

Senior Sleepover engages high school girls in engineering

The Senior Sleepover, an event where female high school seniors spend time with current students and participate in activities related to the College of Engineering, was held Friday, February 1, for its 13th year at Iowa State. There were 31 seniors in attendance. “The event is designed to encourage young women to pursue an engineering … Continue reading Senior Sleepover engages high school girls in engineering

Industrial design class tackles tractor rollover safety products and outreach

A research and outreach collaboration led by Iowa State’s Department of Industrial Design has designed an amazingly simple product that could save hundreds of farmers lives in Iowa alone. They have developed a prototype of a device that addresses one aspect of tractor rollover fatalities: response time. The tractor-mounted communications device alerts family and emergency … Continue reading Industrial design class tackles tractor rollover safety products and outreach

Iowa State wins grant for new bioplastics center

A new center that will research bioplastics and biocomposites is getting a boost from a planning grant from the National Science Foundation. NSF is giving start-up funding to the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team at Iowa State University. The proposed center will be collaboration between Iowa State and the UMass Lowell’s department of plastics engineering. … Continue reading Iowa State wins grant for new bioplastics center

Hongwei Xin

Xin demonstrates egg industry’s improved efficiency, environmental impact

The U.S. egg industry is operating at much greater efficiency while leaving a smaller environmental footprint than it did 50 years ago, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University. Improved genetics, disease prevention, nutrition and production methods allow the egg industry to feed more people while producing less waste and … Continue reading Xin demonstrates egg industry’s improved efficiency, environmental impact

3D printer ‘invaluable’ piece of technology for students

The College of Design, in partnership with the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, share a 3D printer that is revolutionizing the way students design products. The $170,000 printer is located in Howe Hall and uses an additive process to print products, meaning as it prints projects, it adds materials to create the product.

Iowa State civil engineering alum stresses importance of licensed engineering

For Mike Conzett, promoting engineering licensure is an incredibly important means of guaranteeing a standard of professionalism in the field. Conzett, an Iowa State University civil engineering alumnus, has been a licensed professional engineer since 1982. “It’s taking your work and standing behind it,” he says. And he’s made it a personal and professional goal … Continue reading Iowa State civil engineering alum stresses importance of licensed engineering

MIRAGE Lab

Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

Two armed soldiers stand behind a barrier, guarding a checkpoint in the road, watching for trouble. A white truck turns toward them. “See what he wants, guys,” says one of the guards. “Sir, we have a military-aged male jumping out of the truck. He’s going behind that van.” “Is he armed?” “No visuals, sir.” And … Continue reading Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

‘Sensing skin’ for turbines could reduce the cost of wind energy

A project that started out as a side experiment to monitor bridge damages has since evolved into a revolutionary, cost-saving solution in the world of wind energy. Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering at Iowa State, began developing a damage-detecting polymer “skin” as a student at MIT. The skin, which is … Continue reading ‘Sensing skin’ for turbines could reduce the cost of wind energy