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INCOSE and IMSE host Systems Engineering Seminar

  The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Heartland Chapter along with engineers and managers from across Iowa joined with the IMSE department for a Systems Engineering Seminar at Iowa State on April 22. IMSE Department Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny welcomed the group to Iowa State, and Heartland Chapter President Raymond Jorgensen led …Continue reading “INCOSE and IMSE host Systems Engineering Seminar”

ISU astronaut alumnus teaches aerospace freshman importance of industry and persistence

In the aerospace engineering department’s Next Generation interactive classroom, astronaut and former Iowa State University student, Clayton Anderson guest lectured the next generation of aerospace freshman on the importance of knowing their industry. Specifically, who the heavy hitters are, what type of spacecraft designs are currently being developed, and where students can find employment in …Continue reading “ISU astronaut alumnus teaches aerospace freshman importance of industry and persistence”

Aluru invited to White House Big Data Workshop

As research in Big Data continues to gain momentum at the national level, Srinivas Aluru is among those recognized as a key stakeholder in the field. Aluru, the Ross Martin Mehl and Marylyne Munas Mehl Professor of Computer Engineering, has been invited to participate in the White House Big Data Workshop, being held May 3, …Continue reading “Aluru invited to White House Big Data Workshop”

Mechanical engineers to show off projects at Design Expo

An anti-mosquito water agitator, a paddle wheel generator, and a high leverage wheelchair were among the more than 70 projects on display at the spring Mechanical Engineering Design Expo. The expo took place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Howe Hall atrium on April 29, 2013. Read more about the event in an Iowa State …Continue reading “Mechanical engineers to show off projects at Design Expo”

Fifteen from engineering join Cardinal Key society

Fifteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty, and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements, and character. The following engineering students were inducted into the society during a ceremony on April …Continue reading “Fifteen from engineering join Cardinal Key society”

Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress

Iowa State engineering students recently got a rare chance to explain the importance of their research to members of Congress. The university’s student chapter of Material Advantage sent members to Washington D.C. to promote the importance of science as part of the national organization’s Congressional Visit Day, April 10-11, 2013. Material Advantage organizes the event …Continue reading “Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress”

Ames Laboratory interim director named

Thomas Lograsso has been named interim director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Lograsso will succeed Alex King, who is stepping down to the lead the laboratory’s Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE Energy Innovation Hub announced in January. Lograsso will assume the Ames Lab directorship as soon as funding for the …Continue reading “Ames Laboratory interim director named”

ABE student employee receives award

Congratulations to Holly Janusz, junior in dietetics, for wining the Gamma Pi High Flyer Award. Janusz conducts undergraduate research in food science and human nutrition and works for the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. A donor established this award in 2012 to recognize a student with a 3.0 GPA or above and exemplary leadership …Continue reading “ABE student employee receives award”

Staff, students from engineering recognized for commitment to learning communities

ISU’s learning communities program recently recognized faculty and staff who supervised peer mentors in this year’s program, as well as students for their efforts to be positive models for  learning community members and support the university’s academic goals. Lisa Rueschhoff, senior in materials science and engineering, was named a 2012-2013 Exemplary Peer Mentor. 2012-2013 Exemplary …Continue reading “Staff, students from engineering recognized for commitment to learning communities”

Two from engineering earn CYtation Award

Julienne Krennrich, assistant director for the Engineering Research Institute, and Brenda Kutz, academic advisor for chemical and biological engineering, received 2013 spring CYtation Awards, which were created to recognize individuals who perform above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well, or act in such a way as to make a very real difference in …Continue reading “Two from engineering earn CYtation Award”

New damping system puts brake on building movement

Research is set to begin this summer for a system, inspired by car brake technology, that is designed to both decrease damage and increase usability for buildings during wind and seismic events. The research and ideation, aided by a grant from the National Science Foundation, originated from Simon Laflamme, a civil, construction and environmental engineering …Continue reading “New damping system puts brake on building movement”

Iowa State’s Kejin Wang named American Concrete Institute Fellow

Civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) Professor Kejin Wang was recently named to the 2013 class of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fellows at the 2013 ACI Convention in Minneapolis, Minn. An ACI Fellow is honored when he/she has served at least 10 years as an ACI member and has made outstanding contributions to the production …Continue reading “Iowa State’s Kejin Wang named American Concrete Institute Fellow”

Student learning community tours Biorenewables Research Laboratory

The Iowa State University Leadership through Engineering Academic Diversity (LEAD) Learning Community participated in the “BRL Experience,” organized by Dr. Jacqulyn Baughman, Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) Director of Graduate Education (DOGE), April 5, 2013.  Students toured three floors of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) on Iowa State University’s campus. Students are participants in Engineering …Continue reading “Student learning community tours Biorenewables Research Laboratory”

New technology may bring new jobs

Jeff Fleenor (BSAerE’86) received state funding to help build a prototype large wood grinder. Fleenor’s idea also includes some technology he has patented which helps the grinder save on diesel fuel. Over time, his project has gained more support and is moving into the testing phase. Watch his story on