College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition

Three minutes well spent has netted Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Ramya Srinivasan the People’s Choice Award in Iowa State University’s 3-Minute Thesis final competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research …Continue reading “AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition”

Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy. The CyBot platform is an embedded …Continue reading “Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19”

ME grad student recognized at international conference

Emily Johnson, a mechanical engineering graduate student, recently received the Best Presentation Award for Junior Female Researchers at the 14th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM) and ECCOMAS Congress 2020 virtual conference. Elsevier and the Female Researchers Chapter of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM-FRC) supported this merit-based award to highlight the work of …Continue reading “ME grad student recognized at international conference”

ISEK FIRST® LEGO® League Explore selected for Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Scale-Up Program

Iowa State University Engineering Kids FIRST LEGO League Explore program was selected as a 2021-2022 Scale-Up Program of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Initiative. The STEM Scale-Up Program offers Iowa K-12 high-quality STEM programs and professional development to inspire Iowa’s youth to pursue exciting STEM careers.

Two Cyclone Engineers lead the top concrete institute, a first in 116 years

When most people think of concrete, if they ever do, it’s simply that boring, grey material in their sidewalk or basement walls. That’s not the case for two Iowa State Civil Engineering graduates who currently hold the top two spots at the American Concrete Institute: Jeff Coleman (’76, civil engineering; ’77 master’s in structural engineering) …Continue reading “Two Cyclone Engineers lead the top concrete institute, a first in 116 years”

Research project simulates weather conditions for pilots in training

Navigating realistic weather conditions during the pilot training process could became easier because of an Iowa State University research project involving augmented reality (AR). Michael Dorneich, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Eliot Winer, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC), are leading the Iowa State …Continue reading “Research project simulates weather conditions for pilots in training”

Associate Professor Jing Dong featured within WalletHub

Associate Professor of CCEE, Jing Dong, was featured in WalletHub, in an article regarding the year’s best and worst states to drive in. Below is Dong’s interview, as well as the link to WalletHub’s initial article.   What tips do you have for a person looking to keep the costs of car ownership low? To …Continue reading “Associate Professor Jing Dong featured within WalletHub”

Engineer by day, brewer by night

When he’s not busy conducting research in the laboratories of the Bioeconomy Institute on the Iowa State University campus, Robert C. Brown might be found working in another lab he has inside his home. This one happens to be a brew lab. Brown, director of Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute, is among the roughly 1.2 …Continue reading “Engineer by day, brewer by night”

12 in ECpE receive #CyThx submissions

To celebrate effective teaching, advising and mentoring, the Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) partners with Learning Communities, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate for the annual recognition project #CyThx at Iowa State University. In its third year, #CyThx once again promoted ISU’s Strategic Goal …Continue reading “12 in ECpE receive #CyThx submissions”

EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David

Graduate student Nick David collaborated with many others to develop a solar crate. The Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University has received a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a solar power crate to be installed at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. David recently received his Ph.D. in electrical …Continue reading “EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David”