Archives for September 2013

Former world champion unicyclist calls Iowa State home

Matt Sindelar appears to be an average ISU student. The junior in mechanical engineering normally fits in with a crowd pretty well. When he’s not riding on his unicycle, that is. Unicyclists on campus usually turn a few heads, but Sindelar is a little different. He is a former world champion unicyclist. In 2008, before the [Continue Reading…]

Jolls emphasizes improvements in women in engineering

Ken Jolls, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, comments on an Iowa State Daily article that argued that toy industries are pushing females away from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Jolls presents a strong case, using successes from Iowa State’s chemical and biological department, that women have actually become [Continue Reading…]

‘Rocket City Rednecks’ ringleader will launch ISU Engineers’ Week Sept. 20

Travis Taylor, official ringleader of the National Geographic Channel’s “Rocket City Rednecks,” will launch Iowa State University’s Engineers’ Week 2013 on Sept. 20 with his entertaining brand of rocket science. Taylor’s presentation, “A New American Space Plan,” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State Center. It is free and [Continue Reading…]

ECpE hosts annual Cyber Defense Competition

More than 200 Iowa State University students will spend a Saturday beating back eight hours of computer attacks. It’s the latest edition of the annual Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State. It will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on the first floor of Coover Hall. The event is free and open [Continue Reading…]

Reflections on the start of a new academic year

This is the start of my first academic year in the College of Engineering. Spring and summer were very enjoyable, but there is nothing like the beginning of a new college year. It’s an exciting time on campus – not only for students, but also faculty, staff and everyone associated with the university. Our college [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering senior becomes a contractor

Hamza Janjua pursues a head-start to his civil engineering career. While many earn the degree before working professionally, Janjua works to be one step ahead. The civil engineering senior also is a licensed general contractor in the state of Iowa. His new business, SSB Construction, LLC, thrives in Ames with his first project – a [Continue Reading…]

Bastawros and Hu recognized at fall Engineering Convocation

Two aerospace engineering faculty were recognized at the fall Engineering Convocation – Ashraf Bastawros and Hui Hu. Hui Hu was promoted to Professor. Ashraf Bastawros received a medallion award and was named Wilson Engineering Professor – from the Grace Miller Wilson and T. Wilson Endowed Engineering Faculty Fund. Congratulations to Dr. Ashraf Bastawros and Dr. [Continue Reading…]

Five questions for Joe Schaefer, 50-year teaching veteran

Joe Schaefer started his 50th year as a professor this fall. His colleagues in the aerospace engineering department marked the milestone with cookies, posters depicting Schaefer as a super hero and an office decorated with cardinal and gold streamers. Inside asked Schaefer about all those years in college classrooms. For the original interview, click here.

Astronaut Clayton Anderson joins Iowa State engineering faculty

AMES, Iowa – Clayton Anderson, an Iowa State University graduate and former NASA astronaut, will join the university as a distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering. Anderson, a native of Nebraska, received his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State in 1983. He joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center that same year, working in the [Continue Reading…]

University and College of Engineering see record enrollment again this year

More students than ever before are enrolled at Iowa State University and the College of Engineering for the 2013-14 academic year. This fall the college has an enrollment of 8,284 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 7,508. Undergraduate enrollment of 7,123 is up 9.7 percent from last year, and graduate enrollment of 1,161 [Continue Reading…]

Annual U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is 20th among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 “American’s Best Colleges” ranking are out and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ranked 20th among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. This is up from 22nd last year. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranked 35th (an eight-way tie) overall, up from 39th last [Continue Reading…]

Critical Materials Institute opens to advance research, energy security

This is a recap from an Ames Laboratory news release. The official opening of the Critical Materials Institute marked the newest endeavor in intensive energy research by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. The institute is the DOE’s fifth Energy Innovation Hub, which is a major integrated research center. Researchers [Continue Reading…]