Archives for April 2016

ISU team to build street-legal solar car

Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car team, unveiled two advances on April 21. The first was its 2016 version of the solar car which includes a new, more energy-efficient engine. The second advance was plans for a new vehicle in 2017 which will be a four-person, street-legal solar vehicle. The anticipated costs for the 2017 vehicle [Continue Reading…]

Local man awarded as part of Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has chosen civil engineering alum and current Institute for Transportation (InTrans) program director Paul Wiegand as one of their top 10 “Public Works Leaders of the Year.” Wiegand chose to come to Iowa State to study engineering after a childhood of “tinkering with things” on a farm. He graduated [Continue Reading…]

VEISHEA project could be first digital answering machine

ECpE alum, James Mitchell, P.E. (EE ‘82), may have created the world’s first digital outgoing telephone message machine during his time at Iowa State University. Mitchell displayed a working prototype of the digital outgoing message with a taped incoming system at the Iowa State University VEISHEA Engineering Open House in April 1982. Using 35 integrated [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State SAE Baja team places first in endurance

The Iowa State Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team, “Cyclone Racing”, finished their first competition of the year with a first place win in endurance as well as second place in sales and sixth place overall. The competition, which took place from April 14-17 in Cookeville, Tennessee, included 77 national teams and 11 international teams. [Continue Reading…]

Eleven land-grant institutions work across state lines to reduce water contaminants

Eleven land-grant institutions and partner organizations are working together to improve farm drainage in order to reduce the contamination of surrounding land and water. The underground drainage systems that channel water off of fields are also prone to diverting crop fertilizers and pesticides. In 2009, researchers formed the “Project NCERA-217: Drainage Design and Management Practices [Continue Reading…]

Former department chair wins national award

  S.S. (Mani) Venkata, a former ECpE Department Chair at Iowa State University, was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award at the 2016 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA)  Annual Conference and ECExpo in La Jolla, California this past March. The Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service [Continue Reading…]

Tupper travels to all corners of Iowa

Iowa FFA President Michael Tupper put 29,000 miles on his car in the past year. Tupper was enrolled part time at Iowa State University in agricultural engineering this past year because of all the time spent on the road fulfilling his duties as president, some of which took him outside of Iowa. “I got to [Continue Reading…]

Muell, students to pick up trash in effort to improve Lake LaVerne

While on campus Wednesday, students may see their peers at the Lake LaVerne Clean Up, which is a part of Iowa State’s Earth Week celebrations. The event is hosted by The Green Umbrella Club in partnership with students involved in restarting the Greeks Go Green club, as well as Student Government. Although Greeks Go Green has [Continue Reading…]

A scholarship with a purpose for all

Iowa State alumni sponsor students’ interest in engineering  Dale and Jan Johnson knew quiet retirement wasn’t enough for them. For the past eight years, the couple has been investing in relationships with students and a future of engineering. The Johnsons, originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, moved to Mahtomedi, Minnesota, in 1962 after finishing their time at [Continue Reading…]

Dean Rajala receives national engineer of the year award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been named national engineer of the year by the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) – representing 17 multidisciplinary engineering societies from industry, government and academia. Rajala received the award on April 18 at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The AAES national engineer [Continue Reading…]

Josh Braby honored as one of Business Record’s Forty Under 40

The Business Record recently announced its 17th annual list of Forty Under 40 honorees. Josh Braby, partner/project manager at Neumann Bros. Inc., was among those honored for 2016. Braby received his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Iowa State in 2006. According to the Business Record, the 40 local business leaders on this year’s list were chosen by [Continue Reading…]

CCEE senior places first at international conference

Kyle Younkin, a senior in construction engineering, walked away from the GeoSmart India conference with a first place title for his conference presentation. His presentation at the conference, which took place from March 1-3 in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, was titled “Application of LiDAR and Structure from Motion Data for Road Roughness Evaluation.” The [Continue Reading…]