Archives for March 2014

Water Rocks! recognized by Iowa Motion Picture Association

The 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards were held Saturday, March 29 at the historic Capitol Theater in Burlington.   In a nutshell, this red carpet event is Iowa’s own version of the Oscars!   We are pleased to announce that Water Rocks! was honored with 15 IMPA awards, in a variety of categories related to both programming and [Continue Reading…]

Cimone Wright began her adventure in engineering before college

Everyone knows internships provide some of the most beneficial learning experiences for students looking for a career in engineering. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cimone Wright, a senior in computer engineering, who has an impressive seven internships under her belt and an eighth planned for the upcoming summer. Wright started her first engineering [Continue Reading…]

Software engineering junior earns spot with KPCB Fellowship Program

Tyler Uhlenkamp, a junior software engineering major, was named an Engineering Fellow by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers this semester. Uhlenkamp will intern with Coursera, an online startup that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) as part of his fellowship this summer. The KPCB Fellowship Program, which matches outstanding students with internship opportunities within its [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering senior Cimone Wright receives achievement award and scholarship

Senior computer engineering major Cimone Wright was one of six statewide winners of this year’s Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at the Diversity Catalyst Award Reception, Tuesday, April 15 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union. Wright, who was encouraged to apply by LeQuetia Ancar, Iowa State’s Multicultural [Continue Reading…]

Laabs receives award in IIE Conference paper competition

Industrial engineering graduate student Heidi Laabs received second place in the Rapid City Regional IIE Conference Paper Competition. Laabs submitted a technical paper about a class project and presented her work to judges at the conference. Papers entered in the competition were judged based on their depth and originality of subject, written excellence, and excellence of oral presentation.

Hurburgh comments on new food safety legislation

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, but its rules won’t be in place until mid-2015. Ostensibly, FSMA offered a paradigm shift in the food safety sector, preventing contamination instead of only responding to it. Part of the legislation applies to handling animal feed. The Food and Drug Administration has a proposed rule [Continue Reading…]

BSE combines engineering and life sciences to create a new generation of professionals

The biological systems engineering (BSE) program at Iowa State University teaches students how to use life sciences and engineering principles together to solve complex problems, such as those related to food security and next generation biofuels. It’s a diverse program that lets students tailor their educational experiences to their interests through an option structure that [Continue Reading…]

ECpE engineer builds instrument to study effects of genes, environment on plant traits

AMES, Iowa – Let’s say plant scientists want to develop new lines of corn that will better tolerate long stretches of hot, dry weather. How can they precisely assess the performance of those new plants in different environmental conditions? Field tests can provide some answers. Greenhouse tests can provide some more. But how can plant [Continue Reading…]

IE student elected vice president of GSB

Mike Hoefer, a junior in industrial engineering from Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been elected vice president of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body for 2014-2015. As vice president, Hoefer will manage the internal affairs and projects of GSB. He will chair the senate meetings and work closely with cabinet members to ensure completion of [Continue Reading…]

IMSE graduate program ranks in top third of schools

The Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering ranks No. 25 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 16th overall.  This is a big jump up from last year’s rankings, which were 31st nationally and 24th among public institutions. These rankings reflect the department’s [Continue Reading…]

Ryan Francois named Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior

Civil engineering senior Ryan Francois recently received the Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award, an honor the Iowa State University Alumni Association granted to five graduating seniors this year who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community activities, and promise for continuing these exemplary qualities as alumni. Established in 1968, Francois is the [Continue Reading…]

Levitas uses basic statics principles to solve long-standing problem in interface science formulated by Gibbs

Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, found a strict and simple solution to the classical problem in the interface and surface science formulated by J. W. Gibbs in the 19th century. Namely, he uncovered a way to define the position of a dividing surface. The Gibbsian view of [Continue Reading…]