Archives for February 2014

Iowa State researcher invited to leading U.S. high school nanotechnology lab

Peter Taylor, associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, recently partnered with a nationally recognized high school for nanotechnology research and practice. Wheeling High School (Chicago, Ill.) invited Taylor Feb. 21 to speak with high school students and demonstrate nanotechnology laboratory practices with concrete. Wheeling [Continue Reading…]

Grain quality lab prepares students, samples

Hands-on and first-hand are often terms associated with undergraduate research on campus. Students who aim to further their education or go into industry benefit greatly from their experiences in the many laboratories housed here. But the Iowa State University Grain Quality Laboratory (GQL) encourages their student workers to go beyond those terms by adding efficient [Continue Reading…]

Professor James Hill named to Council for Chemical Research

James Hill, University Professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to the 2014 Council for Chemical Research Governing Board of Directors. The 8-member board comprises academic, industry and government experts in U.S. chemistry-related science and engineering. Other newly elected members include Mark Benvenuto, professor of chemistry and department chairman [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alum says ISU degree gave him competitive edge in transportation industry

In 2011, Bob Paulsen—a 1974 civil engineering alumnus—retired from his position as CEO of Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (PBSJ), after many years of transportation research, design and management. But it was actually by accident that Paulsen enrolled in civil engineering all those years ago. When he began his first year at Iowa State, Paulsen [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading…]

Ames Laboratory’s Karl Gschneidner won Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award

Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was presented the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award on February 18. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner, known as “Mr. Rare Earth,” is considered the world’s foremost authority [Continue Reading…]

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love [Continue Reading…]

Zhang named SPIE fellow

Song Zhang, William and Virginia Binger Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was elected a 2014 fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, promotes members as new fellows of the society to honor them for their technical achievements, for their service to the general optics community, and to [Continue Reading…]

Fulbright Teaching Scholar Tim Ellis honored in Malta

Timothy Ellis, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recognized in Valleta, Malta, Feb. 14 as a Fulbright Scholar. Last year he earned the Fulbright Teaching Award from the International Council for International Exchange of Scholars. During the Spring 2014 semester, Ellis has been teaching at the University of [Continue Reading…]

Resource Hub – a network of readily available equipment and services for ISU students

From airplanes to Mars rovers, students can find every tool they need to complete their projects through the Undergraduate Resource Hub at Iowa State University. The Resource Hub is a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the College of Design to share construction, machining and fabrication equipment and personnel. “Having those services and [Continue Reading…]

Greenlees donate to supply students strengths-building books

Rich Greenlee (BSConE’66) and his wife, Carm (BSFamConsSci’65), recently donated $1,500 to supply 100 strengths-building books to Iowa State University construction engineering students enrolled in CON E 122, Cornerstone Learning Community: Orientation to Professional Life. The book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath, discusses 34 personal and professional traits that students can identify as their talents. [Continue Reading…]

Chemical engineering student conducts Army ROTC water combat training

The following is summarized from a Feb. 20, 2014, Iowa State Daily story, “Making a splash: Army ROTC cadets build confidence.” On Feb. 19, chemical engineering freshman Kristine McCunn and about 119 other ISU Army ROTC cadets jumped into the Beyer Hall pool for the bi-annual Combat Water Survival Training Lab. Cadets rotated through five stations [Continue Reading…]