College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Darrel Enyart: All in a day’s work

MatE non-traditional grad student balances work, research, the military and a family Graduate school has a reputation for being difficult and time-consuming, but Ph.D. student Darrel Enyart has had an especially challenging journey. Enyart spends his time on Iowa State’s campus both as an assistant scientist for the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and as …Continue reading “Darrel Enyart: All in a day’s work”

Mosher: Grain explosion numbers falling

In northwest Iowa, Plymouth County officials responded to a grain bin explosion that injured two workers last week. It took nearly an hour for fire teams to put out the flames. As it happens, it takes the stars aligning to get a grain bin to blow up. A series of five events need to take …Continue reading “Mosher: Grain explosion numbers falling”

Soupir, Kansas State University College of Engineering alumni honored for career success

The Kansas State University College of Engineering will honor 11 alumni for professional career accomplishment during the first 20 years following their graduation. The honorees will be recognized at ceremonies on the Manhattan campus April 2. Among the honorees is Dr. Michelle Soupir. Soupir is a 1999 graduate of Kansas State University in biological and agricultural engineering. She …Continue reading “Soupir, Kansas State University College of Engineering alumni honored for career success”

Iowa State professor wins ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Construction Management Award

Douglas Gransberg, a professor of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, recently accepted the ASCE Construction Management Award. The award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of construction management as a practitioner, educator or researcher.

Research discovery helps cancer prevention

Prostate Cancer (PC) is the second most common cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide. The worldwide PC burden is expected to grow to 1.7 million new cases and 499 000 new deaths by 2030. ECpE’s Dr. Long Que and his laboratory have created a chip that may help combat …Continue reading “Research discovery helps cancer prevention”

Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program

Iowa State background leads junior professionals to selection for NASA leadership development program The Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success and Teamwork (FIRST) program at NASA takes young professionals with excellent technical skills and helps them to learn about themselves and their workplace to become better leaders. “At NASA, people are incredibly technically competent, but they …Continue reading “Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program”

Surprenant engineering ISG for sizable but sustainable growth

When Ken Surprenant founded his engineering business made up of two people in 1973, no one, including himself, would have expected it to grow to the 200-person business it is today. However, Surprenant passed away in 2011 while the company was still on the rise, only seeing the company’s new headquarters a single time before …Continue reading “Surprenant engineering ISG for sizable but sustainable growth”

Hanna: Slash tillage

Every pass you make across the field with a tillage tool costs you in terms of labor, fuel, and wear-and-tear on equipment. If you can’t justify the cost with a yield increase, it’s time to reevaluate what you’re doing. Mark Hanna, Iowa State University agricultural engineer, recommends some simple on-farm field trials. “In one field …Continue reading “Hanna: Slash tillage”

Hurburgh: Watch grain quality in bins as temps rise

As the temperature starts to rise, it is a critical time to keep stored corn and soybeans in good condition. Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University grain quality specialist and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, says grain was generally of good quality when it was put into the bin last fall. “There were some pockets …Continue reading “Hurburgh: Watch grain quality in bins as temps rise”

Iowa State’s ATHENA Lab dedicated to augmenting, understanding human performance

The first thing you noticed during a visit to a new Iowa State University engineering laboratory was the full-sized mannequin lying across a table. That’s for studies to improve suturing techniques and tools. Then there was a bin full of basketball shoes. Those are for studies of tread patterns and their effects on traction and performance.

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 29

With research on wind turbine blade optimization, the underlying mechanisms of neuroinflammation, the Native American Jingle Dress and Iowa’s care deserts, there will be much to discuss when 22 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines.

ME academic advisor Alyssa Mittleider honored with P&S Council CYtation Award

Alyssa Mittleider, academic advisor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was honored with a CYtation Award from the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council for her dedication and performing above and beyond her duties. ISU Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert presented the award to Alyssa on March 10, 2016 at the annual …Continue reading “ME academic advisor Alyssa Mittleider honored with P&S Council CYtation Award”

Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge

In 2009, a five-person team of students from Iowa State’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department decided to participate in the Green Energy Challenge. The competition, which is sponsored by the ELECTRI International Foundation, challenges student chapters across the nation to create a proposal for sustainable updates to a building in their community. The students, …Continue reading “Cyclone Energy comes full circle in Green Energy Challenge”

Government use of technology has potential to increase food security

Acceptance of information technology can play a vital role in meeting the demand for food in developing countries, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. The research is published in the journal Information Technologies and International Development. It’s projected that the world population will reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, and therefore …Continue reading “Government use of technology has potential to increase food security”

Engineering staff recognized with Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards

Fifty Iowa State University employees were honored and recognized on March 10, 2016, at the annual Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards breakfast. In all, 15 individuals and 5 teams from across the University community were presented with Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards. The following individuals represented the College of Engineering: Professional and Scientific Council …Continue reading “Engineering staff recognized with Professional and Scientific Council CYtation Awards”