College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Rene Chavez (SE ’21): “And Don’t Give Up”

For Rene Chavez, a first generation, Latino Software Engineering (SE) student at Iowa State University (ISU), finding one’s place at a primarily white institution like ISU has had its challenges. Even though he grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, he was largely surrounded by his own Latino community. “When I came to ISU to get …Continue reading “Rene Chavez (SE ’21): “And Don’t Give Up””

Cyclone Engineers receive National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation awarded four Cyclone Engineers with their prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Cyclone Engineer Tom Mansell receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

Tom Mansell, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to create engineered probiotics that may be a new way to treat illnesses like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Former engineering mechanics/aerospace engineering faculty member Rizzo passes away

Frank J. Rizzo Jr., a former faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and chair in engineering mechanics, has passed away at the age of 81. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Originally from Chicago, Rizzo received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1960), a …Continue reading “Former engineering mechanics/aerospace engineering faculty member Rizzo passes away”

From refining to distilling: ME alums fulfill a vision 

Century Farms Distillery in Spencer, Iowa was founded by Amanda and Ryan Bare in 2017. The Bares journey to starting a distillery can be traced back to their time as students in mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State. 

Working healthy at home: Home office ergonomic tips

Work station ergonomics is key to supporting your health, comfort and productivity whether you’re working in your campus office…or your kitchen table. Cody Volkmann, occupational safety specialist, and Paul Hokanson, industrial hygienist, with Iowa State Environmental Health and Safety offer easy-to-implement ergonomic principles to practice in your remote workspace.

EPRC Student Scoop: Burhan Hyder prevents power grid crashes

EPRC Student Scoop: Burhan Hyder prevents power grid crashes In the ever-changing technological landscape society lives in today, it is hard to keep track of and understand all the new data. As technology changes, potential hackers have different opportunities to crash systems.  Burhan Hyder, a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Burhan Hyder prevents power grid crashes”