Iowa State launches Presidential High Impact Faculty Hires Initiative

Iowa State University has launched the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative to support targeted faculty hiring in areas of strategic importance. A cluster hire of 12 faculty in five colleges within the strategically important area of Big Data and a cluster hire of 8 faculty in four colleges within the strategically important area of Translational … Continue reading Iowa State launches Presidential High Impact Faculty Hires Initiative

Work at Biorenewables Complex is on schedule

Faculty and staff of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department will vacate Davidson Hall and other campus locations this summer for a long-awaited move to the Biorenewables Complex’s second phase. Phase 2 construction remains on schedule and currently is about two-thirds complete. Phase 2 includes Elings Hall (left), featuring technology-ready classrooms, student services and office space … Continue reading Work at Biorenewables Complex is on schedule

Iowa State, Ames Lab engineers develop real-time, 3-D teleconferencing technology

Nik Karpinsky quickly tapped out a few computer commands until Zeus, in all his bearded and statuesque glory, appeared in the middle of a holographic glass panel mounted to an office desk. The white statue stared back at Karpinsky. Then a hand appeared and turned the full-size head to the right and to the left. … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab engineers develop real-time, 3-D teleconferencing technology

Ellis appointed WER executive editor, receives ASCE Iowa award

Timothy Ellis, associate professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently appointed executive editor of Water Environment Research journal. Ellis was the associate editor for the past year, until he was appointed the journal’s top editorial position in early October. “I look forward to seeking out critical reviews and making … Continue reading Ellis appointed WER executive editor, receives ASCE Iowa award

Engineers for a Sustainable World to plant rain garden

Engineers for a Sustainable World recently started a sustainability project that will plant a rain garden between Carver Hall and Music Hall to help reduce pollution in campus streams and creeks. Engineers for a Sustainable World at Iowa State is a part of a national organization that mobilizes engineering students and professionals through local and … Continue reading Engineers for a Sustainable World to plant rain garden

ECpE’s Ian Dobson quoted by National Geographic

It’s scary enough to envision the nation’s electrical grid collapsing under an enemy attack or because of a powerful solar radiation onslaught. But it’s even more disturbing, perhaps, to think that we might someday suffer a massive nationwide blackout because the grid simply breaks down on its own. “What happens is, a failure occurs somewhere … Continue reading ECpE’s Ian Dobson quoted by National Geographic

Materials science and engineering lecturer built energy storage systems for NASA, teaches classes at Iowa State

After earning his Ph.D. this past August, Eliseo De León began his first year teaching at Iowa State University as a lecturer of materials science and engineering. De León earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and a bachelor’s in theater at the University of California, Davis in 1994. He started his Ph.D. program in materials science … Continue reading Materials science and engineering lecturer built energy storage systems for NASA, teaches classes at Iowa State

Team PrISUm celebrate National Campus Sustainability Day

Team PrISUm displayed their solar car, which placed third at this year’s American Solar Challenge “Formula Sun Grand Prix” race, in front of Parks Library on Oct. 23 for National Campus Sustainability Day. Sustainability Day is a collaborative event sponsored by The Green Umbrella, a student organization, and the Live Green! initiative program. Attendees took turns sitting in the solar car. … Continue reading Team PrISUm celebrate National Campus Sustainability Day

France : Airbus and Global Engineering Deans Council hand out the first award for diversity in engineering education

Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), the leading international organization for engineering education, have selected Ana Lazarin from Wichita State University (WSU), USA for the inaugural GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. Sarah Rajala, Dean of Engineering at Iowa State University and GEDC Chair, added the strong demand for engineers globally means that industry must attract and secure an increasingly diverse talent … Continue reading France : Airbus and Global Engineering Deans Council hand out the first award for diversity in engineering education

Iowa State Bridge Engineering Center part of new U.S. DOT transportation center

Iowa State University engineers know bridge construction projects can create driving headaches. You can’t just move traffic to the shoulder. You have to detour traffic for miles and, sometimes, for months. “That creates additional societal costs,” said Brent Phares, the director of Iowa State’s Bridge Engineering Center and an adjunct assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. … Continue reading Iowa State Bridge Engineering Center part of new U.S. DOT transportation center

Iowa State NECA places in top 3 at national green energy challenge

“We are all excited that it’s finally here, to get to go to D.C., network with contractors, and present our project that we have all worked very hard on,” said Iowa State University construction engineering senior Alex Buscher just days before the 2013 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge. Buscher led a team of five civil … Continue reading Iowa State NECA places in top 3 at national green energy challenge

Civil engineering alumnus becomes department head at Tennessee State

The following is an excerpt from Tennessee State University News Service, dated Sept. 4, 2013: The College of Engineering at Tennessee State University recently named Dr. Gouranga Banik as head of civil and architectural engineering. He assumed his current position August 15. Most recently, Banik served as President and CEO for Bencons LLC, a private engineering … Continue reading Civil engineering alumnus becomes department head at Tennessee State

ECpE’s Ratnesh Kumar featured in IEEE Control Systems Magazine

Ratnesh Kumar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was featured in the October 2013 issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine. In the feature, Kumar speaks about his research interests, his experience prior to Iowa State, and his teaching style – among other topics. Download a PDF of the article here

Nimmergut Feature

Ben Nimmergut’s Iowa State adventure comes full circle in his career

A 2001 mechanical engineering graduate, Ben Nimmergut was always fascinated with airplanes, getting to know them while his father worked as a pilot for United Airlines. But it wasn’t until he devoted his last two years at Iowa State to the solar car team that he took an interest in Boeing. Nimmergut—originally from the suburbs … Continue reading Ben Nimmergut’s Iowa State adventure comes full circle in his career