College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Antique Tractor Club Restores 1952 Tractor to be Donated to Community in Mexico

From restoring engines that have spent hours underwater to replacing badly damaged wiring, the Iowa State University Antique Tractor Club, housed in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), dedicates days, nights and hours to bringing antique, worn down tractors back to life.

Planter University: ISU ABE and ANR Work Together to Optimize Planter Setup & Technology for Growers

Traveling to every corner of the state, Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) technical project specialists Ryan Bergman, Ben Covington and Levi Powell teamed up with ISU ANR Extension and Outreach field agronomists to optimize knowledge for farmers and businesses on planter equipment through a five-day workshop series called ‘Planter University.’

Aerospace Engineering panel of professionals will discuss students transitioning to the workplace

The sometimes daunting task of university students transitioning to the workplace will be in the spotlight with advice from those who have been there in the aerospace engineering field. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Iowa Section will present “Transitioning From School to the Workplace” February 24, 4 p.m., in the Alliant-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. The event will also be live streamed via Webex.

Addressing Environmental Injustice with Pathogen Exposure Research after Floods

Throughout years of floods from natural disasters, research has mostly focused on the impact of dangerous bacteria that are released from municipalities or agricultural fields and swept along in floodwaters. But what happens to the pathogens (contaminants that cause disease) that were released and stick around when the flood waters are no longer there, and how does it impact the communities exposed?

CBE’s Bardhan, Nanovaccine Institute cohort Phillips, receive Barry award for cancer research

The research team of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Rizia Bardhan and professor of veterinary microbiology Gregory Phillips has received funding from the 2022 Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Program.

Merging Art and Science: Wetland Art Shares a Message of Community and Sustainability in ABE

When traveling through the halls of Sukup, the message of sustainability and conservation is often shown through artwork, posters and more. Recently, the building received an original piece of art to add to the walls – now hanging on the fourth floor of Elings Hall.

AerE teaching, research awards honor three grad students

Three graduate students in the Department of Aerospace Engineering have been honored for their work with Teaching Excellence (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) Awards from Iowa State University’s Graduate College. The awards are presented each fall and spring semester to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their scientific research or their performance in teaching.

CBE’s Mallapragada, Narasimhan elected AIChE fellows

CBE’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Carol Vohs Johnson Chair and Iowa State Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada; and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair Balaji Narasimhan have both achieved the position of fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Former dean of engineering Sarah Rajala elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Sarah A. Rajala, former dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional recognitions in engineering. Rajala is being honored for “innovations in engineering education: outcomes assessment, greater participation and retention of women in engineering, and an enhanced global community.”

Gift from AerE alumna creates new scholarship, advancements for student programs and Spaceflight Simulation Laboratory

Aerospace engineering alumna Laura Seidensticker is giving back to the department with a generous donation in support of an Iowa State aerospace engineering undergraduate scholarship and funding for updating of the department’s neutral buoyancy tank in the Spaceflight Simulation Laboratory.

AerE undergrad Hanna Stec views Brooke Owens Fellowship as inspiration for all female students

Hanna Stec, a Department of Aerospace Engineering junior is one of 51 women selected for a 2022 Brooke Owens Fellowship. More than 1,000 applications from around the world were received for this year’s honor.