Phil Jasper

Jasper: integrating business, leadership skills into engineering career success

Phil Jasper believes business and leadership skills, combined with a “world class” engineering education at Iowa State University, contributed to his long-term career success. Jasper, a 1991 aerospace engineering alumnus, was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems at Rockwell Collins, an Iowa-based communication and aviation electronics company. A Lamont … Continue reading Jasper: integrating business, leadership skills into engineering career success

Iowa State, Nazarbayev University partner for organic solar cell research

The safe, effective production of clean energy is a worldwide undertaking, so it’s only natural for researchers at Iowa State University to collaborate with scientists from around the world to develop solutions. Vikram Dalal, Director of the Iowa State Microelectronics Research Center and Thomas Whitney Professor in electrical and computer engineering, has developed a collaborative … Continue reading Iowa State, Nazarbayev University partner for organic solar cell research

Testing a fanning mill.

Iowa State receives two Grand Challenges Explorations grants to improve global health and development

By Annette Hacker News Service Director Iowa State University Iowa State researchers have received two, $100,000 grants from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grants provide funding for individuals worldwide to explore ideas toward solving persistent global health and development challenges. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded … Continue reading Iowa State receives two Grand Challenges Explorations grants to improve global health and development

Iowa State civil engineering grad students awarded Eisenhower Fellowships

Iowa State University Institute for Transportation (InTrans) students Nicole Oneyear and V. Dimitra Pyrialakou were selected to receive prestigious 2013 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships. Oneyear, a PhD student studying transportation engineering with Professor and InTrans Interim Director Shauna Hallmark, received a $10,000 fellowship and Pyrialakou, a PhD student also studying transportation engineering with Associate … Continue reading Iowa State civil engineering grad students awarded Eisenhower Fellowships

Mechanical engineering grad student wins 2013 Zaffarano Prize

Joseph Miller, a recent Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2013 Zaffarano Prize, which recognizes superior performance in publishable research by a graduate student. A check for $1,500 and a plaque was presented to Miller by the Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Xi, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers, … Continue reading Mechanical engineering grad student wins 2013 Zaffarano Prize

Iowa State Baja SAE Team

Iowa State Baja SAE Team lends help to competition, still finds success

Update: 6-14-13 The Baja Team placed 10th at the SAE International Baja Rochester Collegiate Design Series, making its best finish in the last 20 years. The team raced against 87 universities from all over the world in the endurance portion of the competition after passing the safety inspection and all dynamic evens on the first … Continue reading Iowa State Baja SAE Team lends help to competition, still finds success

Construction industry builds on biotechnologies

From a higher-strength concrete to quickly degrading items used during construction, researchers from Iowa State and Kansas State Universities continue to develop biobased construction materials. David Grewell, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is working on biobased materials that degrade quickly and could be used during construction. Read the full story from Iowa Farmer … Continue reading Construction industry builds on biotechnologies

three-axis dynamometer

Changing the way engineering feels: A project to improve the accessibility of STEM fields for the visually impaired

Open an engineering textbook, and you’re sure to find charts, graphs, and complex equations. Hard enough to decipher, imagine parsing that information if you were blind or visually impaired. Conveying the detailed visual information that goes hand-in-hand with disciplines in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields isn’t necessarily impossible. But, according to Cris … Continue reading Changing the way engineering feels: A project to improve the accessibility of STEM fields for the visually impaired

Formula SAE Team

Iowa State formula racers think engine problems are finally behind them

5-28-13 update: It’s never ideal to finish a racing car after unloading at competition. And so the Formula North contest in Canada was an up-and-down event for Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team. The team finished mid-pack in the short and twisty autocross event. But delays in passing technical inspection cost the team the chance to compete … Continue reading Iowa State formula racers think engine problems are finally behind them