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Schemmer announces civil engineering alum as manager of transportation

The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer), a national full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, is pleased to announce Matt Shimerdla, P.E., has joined the firm as manager of transportation for the Lincoln, Nebraska office.

IIE awards Outstanding Early Career in Business/Industry Award to recent ISU graduate

Carl Kirpes is being recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the incredible accomplishments he’s made as a young professional. Kirpes graduated from ISU with bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering in 2012. After his time at Iowa State, he went to work for GENESYS Systems Integrator, where he was quickly promoted to …Continue reading “IIE awards Outstanding Early Career in Business/Industry Award to recent ISU graduate”

Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic …Continue reading “Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT”

Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational

FIRST Lego League (FLL) team Tek-Konnekt from Muscatine, Iowa, recently competed in the 2015 FLL World Class Open Championship held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, in mid-May. The team was chosen to represent Iowa after its outstanding performance at the state championship that takes place annually at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. FIRST is …Continue reading “Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational”

Boeing names Muilenburg chief executive officer

The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company’s 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and chief operating officer since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1.

Iowa State among top universities granted U.S. patents

Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim, an Iowa State University associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. “But these tentacles wrap around very gently.”

Danfoss Fluid Power Teaching Lab places 3rd in photo contest

A photo submitted by Dr. Brian Steward, and taken by communications specialist Dana Woolley, earned 3rd place in the “Fluid Power Professionals in Action” category. The photo contest was started to celebrate the wonder of fluid power and those in this industry. It’s a fun, creative way to get professionals involved and showcase what they …Continue reading “Danfoss Fluid Power Teaching Lab places 3rd in photo contest”

Axle loads, tires, equipment contribute to soil compaction

Everywhere you look, farm equipment keeps getting bigger and heavier and concerns over soil compaction increase as well. Combine and grain cart axle loads are some of the heaviest on row crop land, with axle loads for larger grain carts easily exceeding 75,000 pounds, according to Mark Hanna, an extension agricultural engineer with Iowa State …Continue reading “Axle loads, tires, equipment contribute to soil compaction”

Rising egg prices bedevil restaurants, grocers and consumers

It’s not entirely clear how the virus transferred from wild birds, which are carriers of the H5N2 virus, to poultry packed in enclosed facilities. Conventional wisdom says the virus is transferred through physical contact such as bird droppings. But Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at …Continue reading “Rising egg prices bedevil restaurants, grocers and consumers”

Make an ISU bucket list

Freshman year at college is a year full of firsts. It’s a year that can be spent learning about the traditions and rituals students take part in. Getting involved and learning the ins and outs of being a Cyclone during freshman year can make your time here at Iowa State more memorable. Starting to check things off your college bucket list during the first year is a great way to become familiar with campus and the city of Ames, while making friends at the same time. Here are 15 things you might put on your ISU bucket list.

Washington naval island command turned over to electrical engineering alumnus

The command of Naval Magazine Indian Island has been turned over to Cmdr. Nicholas Vande Griend, who most recently served as the electronic warfare action officer at U.S. Strategic Command. Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, commanding officer, turned over command of the Navy base, which is 4 miles from Port Hadlock, Washington to Vande Griend in a ceremony at on June 10.

Minnesota DOT hires civil engineering alumnus

John McDonald was selected as assistant district engineering, state aid for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 in Duluth. McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Chemical engineering alumna named fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education

Daina Briedis, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science in the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. The society will bestow the honor of fellow to 11 engineering and engineering technology educators at their annual conference in Seattle, June 15-17.