College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ChemE graduate students talk research “on the clock” in Perfect Pitch competition

The spotlight shone once again – virtually – on chemical engineering graduate students who put their best foot, and research promotion, forward, in the annual Perfect Pitch competition. Perfect Pitch features Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate students delivering brief summaries of their research in timed, three-minute presentations – all designed to provide practice …Continue reading “ChemE graduate students talk research “on the clock” in Perfect Pitch competition”

Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an …Continue reading “Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program”

Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow Zengyi Shao has been named the recipient of the 2021 Iowa State University Bailey Research Career Development award. The award, administered by the university’s Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), is given each year to faculty whose work is high-risk, …Continue reading “Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study”

Iowa roots shaped late alum’s career

Though much of Francis B. Francois’ career took place outside of Iowa, it seems that the general engineering graduate never forgot about his Iowa roots. Francois was born in 1934 and grew up on a farm in Barnum, Iowa. He chose to attend Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), which was about 75 …Continue reading “Iowa roots shaped late alum’s career”

“Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact

When Alan Johnson, 2006 graduate of Iowa State University‘s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), appeared on the popular trivia television show “Jeopardy!” in mid-February 2021, he had been trying for years to become a contestant. His hard work paid off, literally, when he became a one-day champion of the show, taking first place …Continue reading ““Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact”

Grant to help fill gaps in how livestock manure management affects antibiotic resistance

What does manure have in common with antibiotic resistance? For starters, they both stink, though in different ways. But there might be even more to the relationship than that. Researchers at Iowa State University recently received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how …Continue reading “Grant to help fill gaps in how livestock manure management affects antibiotic resistance”

Shane appointed chair of Transportation Research Board committee

Jennifer Shane has been named chair of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Construction Management (AFH10). Shane is an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and is the director of the Construction Management and Technology Program at the Institute for Transportation. “Becoming chair is a great opportunity to work …Continue reading “Shane appointed chair of Transportation Research Board committee”

CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering teaching laboratory specialist Ryan Arndorfer’s efforts to help deliver education to students under challenging conditions have been recognized. He has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Instructional Support Award as part of the university’s Exceptional Effort Awards. The program was established to note extraordinary and innovative ways …Continue reading “CBE lab specialist Arndorfer honored for helping faculty educate students during pandemic”

ECpE’s Ajjarapu, Dickerson, Kamal recognized with professorship appointments

Venkataramana Ajjarapu has been awarded the title of Thomas Whitney Professorship. Ajjarapu previously held the title of David C. Nicholas Professor of Electrical Engineering before receiving the title of Thomas Whitney Professorship. The Thomas Whitney Professorship supports retention and recruitment of a faculty member who provides leadership in developing Iowa State University Department of Electrical …Continue reading “ECpE’s Ajjarapu, Dickerson, Kamal recognized with professorship appointments”

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