College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Celebrating the future: Cyber Security catalysts

  The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University has dedicated over a decade to the advancement of cyber security. From cyber defense competitions to a new Cyber Security Engineering major launching in the fall of 2019, cyber security is fueling the future at Iowa State. This year, ISU’s Information Assurance …Continue reading “Celebrating the future: Cyber Security catalysts”

Water Environment Federation of ISU advances to next round of CSWEA Student Design Competition

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) ISU Student Chapter competed in the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) Student Design Competition on April 8 in Madison, Wisconsin. “This organization connects what we learn in class with real-world problems,” said Peiyang Li, a member of WEF at ISU and a student in biological systems engineering. “It provides …Continue reading “Water Environment Federation of ISU advances to next round of CSWEA Student Design Competition”

New dean announced

W. Samuel Easterling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has been named the next James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering. Easterling, Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design and head of the Via department of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, will begin at Iowa State July 15.

Cyclone Engineer Gary Griswold recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award, Iowa State’s highest alum honor

Gary Griswold (’67 chem engr) is a recipient of the ISU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to alumni by Iowa State. The award honors ISU alumni who are nationally and/or internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work.

Ming-Chen Hsu to Receive 2019 USACM Gallagher Young Investigator Award

Ming-Chen Hsu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded the 2019 U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics Gallagher Young Investigator Award, one of the most prestigious honors from the global computational mechanics’ community. The Gallagher Young Investigator Award is given to an outstanding investigator under the age of 40, who is recognized for outstanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers.

CBE junior “Kitty” Vang to lead Iowa State’s International Student Council

Yekaterina (Kitty) Vang, a junior (senior by credit) chemical and biological engineering major, has been elected president of Iowa State’s International Student Council (ISC), which serves as a platform for the university’s international students to promote fellowship, the exchange of ideas, showcase cultures, provide educational and social services, and more. Vang will begin serving her …Continue reading “CBE junior “Kitty” Vang to lead Iowa State’s International Student Council”

Corporate Cannabis Cultivation

Maurice Washington spends his days analyzing the environmental impact of legal marijuana cultivation in the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S. He recently talked with us about the new challenges, how they’re really old challenges, and how they allow better control of California’s watershed.

Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network

Graduation is around the corner for many students. For some, the thought of graduating is intimidating. For others, like Larisa Thys, a software engineering student at Iowa State University graduating this May, commencement is an exciting next step. But Thys will never forget the experience she had throughout her four years with the Department of …Continue reading “Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network”

Former NASA Test Pilot “Fast Eddie” to Speak at Iowa State

A former NASA test pilot and 35-year veteran of military aviation, Ed “Fast Eddie” Schneider will share his knowledge and many experiences in a special guest appearance Friday, April 26.   A guest of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), he will present a lecture in 0010 …Continue reading “Former NASA Test Pilot “Fast Eddie” to Speak at Iowa State”

ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition

Third place finish in regional sends ISU to national competition for fourth straight year; Martin Asama takes first in research posters For the fourth consecutive year, an Iowa State University team will be taking part in the national Chem-E-Car competition with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The Iowa State Department of Chemical and …Continue reading “ISU again bound for nationals in AIChE Chem-E-Car competition”

Civil engineering student Carissa Moyna named Udall Scholar

Carissa Moyna, a junior in civil engineering, has been named a Udall Scholar for 2019, selected from among 443 candidates nominated by 227 colleges and universities. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations. Moyna’s passion is sustainable construction practices and plans to one day launch and environmentally focused design-build firm. She’s a current member of Iowa State’s Green Energy Challenge Team, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Honors Program and Women in Science and Engineering.

Rutherford studied failed Midwestern levees, researches potential solutions

Cyclone Engineer Cassandra Rutherford has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. And now she’s working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using “biocementation” to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.

CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

For the second consecutive year the clock and research presentations shared the spotlight for graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their preliminary oral exams for their degrees presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a …Continue reading “CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded”