College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Gift establishes the Vikram L. Dalal Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Iowa State University Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Vikram Dalal, along with his former students and several corporations, have provided a gift to establish the Vikram L. Dalal Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State. The professorship honors Dalal, who has been with the ISU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) since 1988.

Hagenson professorship ceremony honors CBE’s Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been officially recognized as Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor in a medallion ceremony on the Iowa State University campus.

REFORM plays to the tune of sustainability

When most of us think “recycling,” we don’t also immediately think “music.” But innovative students at Iowa State are collaborating across disciplines to find the perfect harmony between materials science, reducing waste, and creating new musical instruments.

In the Recyclables Evolved from Offscouring Remade to Music (REFORM) project, students from areas in engineering, particularly materials science and engineering, are working together with student in music and theatre to reduce plastic waste at Iowa State by gathering plastic materials and transforming them into durable plastic musical instruments.

CCEE’s Shafei’s paper on top downloaded list in structural engineering

A paper by Behrouz Shafei, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, co-authored by two of his Ph.D. students, Kofi Oppongand and Dikshant Saini, is among the top downloaded articles published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in structural engineering. “Ultrahigh-performance concrete for improving impact resistance of bridge superstructures to overheight collision,” appeared in the Special Collection of ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering on the application of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC).

Iowa State Daily: CyIO to host a Cybersecurity Fair to educate the Iowa State community on the importance of cybersecurity

Iowa State’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation & Outreach, in collaboration with IT Services, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Fair on Friday as a part of CyIO Week. The event will feature Cyber Security related student clubs and demonstrations to educate the campus on the importance of Cybersecurity.

New grant led by ABE researcher breaks new ground with perennial cover crops

A diverse team of 18 scientists led by D. Raj Raman, Morrill Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State, received a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the potential environmental benefits afforded by perennial grasses, which grow every year without having to be planted or harvested, between rows of cash crops.

Skroot Laboratory, led by CBE’s Reuel, takes top venture honor in Pappajohn competition

Skroot Laboratory, Inc., a startup business founded and led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel, took first place in the 2021 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

New funding for Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites; ISU CBE is a collaborator

The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), co-located at Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been awarded Phase II of a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program grant.