College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled sensing, modeling, robots tending crops

Rather than tending fields by the hundreds of acres, farmers could one day tend each and every plant with the help of machine learning, robots and other technologies. A five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers develop such a cyber-physical system. The project is led by Soumik Sarkar, the Walter W. Wilson Faculty Fellow in Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University

Growing up in coastal Saudi Arabia, Fahad Alsaggaf developed a strong personal connection to the sea. So, it was a major change of scenery when he attended college in a landlocked state like Iowa, but he said he has never regretted his decision. Alsaggaf grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a port city along the …Continue reading “Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University”

Adapting and accomplishing within ABE

Agricultural and biosystems engineering senior, Jolynn Nissen, knew she wanted to pursue the agricultural systems technology (AST) major at Iowa State before entering her senior year of high school.  Growing up in rural Ohio, Nissen had enjoyed solving problems around her family farm and was curious how that could translate into a potential career. Settling …Continue reading “Adapting and accomplishing within ABE”

Dancing the night away…For The Kids!

It took a high school internship for one industrial engineering student to realize that engineering involves more than just building roads and bridges. Sarah Longmire, senior in industrial engineering, “loved” her science and math classes growing up in Iowa City. She was a bit apprehensive about the field of engineering, admitting she thought engineers only …Continue reading “Dancing the night away…For The Kids!”

New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures

A first-of-its-kind curriculum in Iowa will soon be available to students in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering – and will help prepare them for a cutting-edge area of technology that’s part of what has been deemed “the fourth industrial revolution.” A new undergraduate minor in cyber-physical systems (CPS) will debut in the fall 2021 …Continue reading “New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures”

Two Engineering Students to Receive Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Achievement Awards

Karen Devora-Cigarroa, a senior in civil engineering, and Linnea Dawley, a senior in chemical engineering, received the Alliant Energy/ Erroll B Davis Jr. Achievement Award.

How do you plan a mass vaccination clinic? Industrial engineering students are working on it.

Iowa State’s COVID-19 vaccination plan ramps up starting April 20 as all adult students qualify and a mass vaccination clinic takes over State Gym’s three basketball courts. But it’s not as simple as setting up booths and having vaccines ready. That’s where industrial engineering students come in.

CCEE Graduate Student receives GPSS Leadership Award

Amir Malakooti, graduate student in the civil, construction and environmental engineering department, was recently the recipient of the 2021 Graduate and Professional Student Senate Leadership Award.  This award recognizes graduate or professional students at Iowa State University who hold leadership positions within their college, department or the Ames community.  “I am earnestly grateful and honored …Continue reading “CCEE Graduate Student receives GPSS Leadership Award”