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Kelsey Polaski is new CBE assistant for business, data, grad students

Going straight from Iowa State graduate to Iowa State employee, Kelsey Polaski has joined the staff of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She will work as a program assistant for graduate programs, business, and data analytics. On December 20 she received her diploma with an undergraduate degree in management information systems from Iowa …Continue reading “Kelsey Polaski is new CBE assistant for business, data, grad students”

Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Several graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) were recently honored with Research Excellence (REX) and Teaching Excellence (TEX) awards for the fall 2019 semester. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa State University Graduate College. Honorees receive a letter of commendation from ISU President Wendy Wintersteen, a certificate of achievement, …Continue reading “Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts”

Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE

The annual race against the clock for chemical engineering graduate students made its return in the department’s 2019 Perfect Pitch competition, and this year’s top three finishers have been announced. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their research progress exams (qualifiers) presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a strict …Continue reading “Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE”

Cyclone Engineers develop alternative cooling materials

Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the University of Maryland, and the Colorado School of Mines collaborated on a paper researching a solid-state alternative that can be used to replace vapor-compression cooling technology, making an environmentally friendly material resistant to wear over time.

Brewing up a hoppy career

“Bringing people together over good beer,” is a motto for the owners of Limestone Brewers in Osage, Iowa. Hear how an one alum of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is tapping into the craft brewing industry.

NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school

“Being an athlete you have to be disciplined. You can’t be successful without being disciplined.” As a NCAA champion in cross-country, Edwin Kurgat knows about the level of discipline required to reach goals. He also applies this same level of discipline to his study habits as an industrial engineering student. Growing up in Eldoret, Kenya, …Continue reading “NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school”

Fall 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 21. Click the names to read individual features about each student.   Student Marshal – Nicholas Wijaya     Major: Aerospace …Continue reading “Fall 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored”

Nicholas Wijaya named fall 2019 student marshal

Student Marshal – Nicholas Wijaya  Major: Aerospace engineering  Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia GPA: 3.95 Career goal: Become an aerospace engineer who participates actively in the future innovations in the engineering world.   Clubs/activities: Aerospace Mentorship Program, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Indonesian Student Association,  Awards/honors: Highest GPA in Aerospace Engineering, Dean’s list, Boeing Company Award, Tau …Continue reading “Nicholas Wijaya named fall 2019 student marshal”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Sarah Baratta

Sarah Baratta Major: Electrical engineering, emphasis in VLSI (Very-large-scale integration) Minor: International studies, focus in science and technology in Asia GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Career goal: To be passionate and interested in what I do (and not dread going to work!) Clubs/activities: Engr 160 and Cpr E 381 teaching assistant  Awards/honors: Dean’s List, …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Sarah Baratta”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Nathaniel Hall

Nathaniel Hall Major: Agricultural engineering with emphasis in power and machinery GPA: 3.81 Hometown: Brooklyn, Iowa Career goal: My goal is to design machines that improve people’s lives. Clubs/activities: Theta Chi Fraternity, ISU ITEC Robotics Club, ABE Peer Mentor, Student Innovation Center Lab Technician Favorite place on campus:  I enjoy hanging out and talking with …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Nathaniel Hall”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson Major: Industrial engineering GPA: 3.87 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Career goal: To assume an executive position with Procter & Gamble and become an expert in multiple areas of the business.  Clubs/activities: Engineering Career Fair executive team, Engineer’s Week committee member, FarmHouse Fraternity, ISU Sports Analytics Club Awards/honors: 2019 Most Innovative Project Award (Boeing’sIndustrial …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Michael Peterson”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kyle Jackson

Kyle Jackson Major: Chemical engineering Minor: Biology and Spanish GPA: 3.93 Hometown: Winterset, Iowa Career goal: Emergency medicine physician or a surgeon after graduating from medical school. Clubs/activities: Pre-Medical Club, Chemical engineering Peer Mentor, University Honors Program, SALT Company Awards/honors: Dean’s List, Summa Cum Laude, Erwin and DeLoris Whitney Scholarship in Chemical Engineering, Tau Beta …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kyle Jackson”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kevin Oran

Kevin Oran Major: Computer engineering and mechanical engineering GPA: 3.73 Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska Clubs/activities: Cardinal Space Mining, Triangle Fraternity, ISU Marching Band Awards/honors: Dean’s List, Iowa State University Honors Program, George Washington Carver Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Eagle Scout What is your overall career goal? Complete a master’s degree then work as an engineer on …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kevin Oran”