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Kara Lind: Growing plants in LEGOs

After finishing her B.S. in chemical engineering at Iowa State, graduate student Kara Lind was looking for a change of pace. But she didn’t have to travel very far. Staying at Iowa State, Lind is now a graduate student in materials science and engineering. During her time as an undergraduate, Lind focused on biofuels research, …Continue reading “Kara Lind: Growing plants in LEGOs”

Hannah Bygd: Using materials to advance immunology

Graduate student combines interests in materials science and biochemistry Driven by her diverse educational background, graduate student Hannah Bygd is using her well-rounded knowledge to make a big impact on the medical field. Bygd, a graduate student at Iowa State studying materials science, is looking at macrophage reprogramming. She and Kaitlin Bratlie, an assistant professor …Continue reading “Hannah Bygd: Using materials to advance immunology”

Iowa State students, alumni chosen for National Science Foundation fellowships

Four students who have spent time in Iowa State’s engineering programs have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The students are among 2,000 individuals receiving awards in 2016 out of 17,000 applicants. Two students, Trent Borman and Rachel Creighton, attended Iowa State University as undergraduates and are now doing graduate …Continue reading “Iowa State students, alumni chosen for National Science Foundation fellowships”

ISU grads become renowned house flippers with a twist

Two recent Iowa State graduates are using their engineering background to make a big impact in the house flipping business. Michael Donlin and Ryan Francois both graduated in 2014 with bachelors degrees in construction engineering and civil engineering, respectively. Their company, Rally Cap Properties, specializes in the rehabilitation of Victorian-style homes in the Des Moines …Continue reading “ISU grads become renowned house flippers with a twist”

Mr. Rare Earth, Karl Gschneidner passes away on April 27

The internationally-recognized Iowa State alum, professor and researcher Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. passed away on the morning of April 27 at the age of 85. Gschneidner’s work with rare-earth materials led to the creation of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory as well as the publishing of over 544 of his scientific journal articles and …Continue reading “Mr. Rare Earth, Karl Gschneidner passes away on April 27”

Iowa State spring undergraduate commencement moves to Jack Trice Stadium

Iowa State University President Steven Leath this morning (April 29) announced a new location for ISU’s spring undergraduate commencement ceremony. The May 7 celebration will be moved to Jack Trice Stadium, the university’s largest venue. University officials predict attendance at this spring’s undergraduate commencement ceremony will exceed capacity at the traditional Hilton Coliseum location.

Civil engineering class gets field experience

CE 105 takes a trip to water treatment plant construction site  What does it take to give one class a first-hand look at their future profession? For Hans van Leeuwen’s CE 105 class, it took two trips to the new water treatment plant being built in Ames. Van Leeuwen, the Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of …Continue reading “Civil engineering class gets field experience”

Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University has announced the teams that will be a part of their first summer “CYstarters” program. The program, which takes place over 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29 at Iowa State, will allow teams access to between $6,000-$12,000 in funding, access to industry mentors, educational …Continue reading “Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program”

Prince Manufacturing announces retirements

The CEO of Prince Manufacturing Corporation, George Sully, began his retirement on April 1. Sully graduated from Iowa State in 1972 with a B.S. in mechanic engineering. He had been working for Prince since 1980 and was originally hired to develop the corporation’s R&D laboratory. Sully will be succeeded by Dan Van Eldik. To read the full story …Continue reading “Prince Manufacturing announces retirements”

ISU team to build street-legal solar car

Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car team, unveiled two advances on April 21. The first was its 2016 version of the solar car which includes a new, more energy-efficient engine. The second advance was plans for a new vehicle in 2017 which will be a four-person, street-legal solar vehicle. The anticipated costs for the 2017 vehicle …Continue reading “ISU team to build street-legal solar car”

Local man awarded as part of Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has chosen civil engineering alum and current Institute for Transportation (InTrans) program director Paul Wiegand as one of their top 10 “Public Works Leaders of the Year.” Wiegand chose to come to Iowa State to study engineering after a childhood of “tinkering with things” on a farm. He graduated …Continue reading “Local man awarded as part of Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year”

Iowa State SAE Baja team places first in endurance

The Iowa State Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team, “Cyclone Racing”, finished their first competition of the year with a first place win in endurance as well as second place in sales and sixth place overall. The competition, which took place from April 14-17 in Cookeville, Tennessee, included 77 national teams and 11 international teams. …Continue reading “Iowa State SAE Baja team places first in endurance”

A scholarship with a purpose for all

Iowa State alumni sponsor students’ interest in engineering  Dale and Jan Johnson knew quiet retirement wasn’t enough for them. For the past eight years, the couple has been investing in relationships with students and a future of engineering. The Johnsons, originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, moved to Mahtomedi, Minnesota, in 1962 after finishing their time at …Continue reading “A scholarship with a purpose for all”

CCEE senior places first at international conference

Kyle Younkin, a senior in construction engineering, walked away from the GeoSmart India conference with a first place title for his conference presentation. His presentation at the conference, which took place from March 1-3 in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, was titled “Application of LiDAR and Structure from Motion Data for Road Roughness Evaluation.” The …Continue reading “CCEE senior places first at international conference”

MidAmerican Energy aims for 85% wind power

Des Moines-based utility company MidAmerican Energy completed a $3.6 billion initiative on April 14 to get 85 percent of its energy from wind. The company, which serves 752,000 electrical customers, won’t need to increase customers’ energy costs mostly due to federal production tax credits. CEO Bill Fehrman says the company is hoping to deliver 100 …Continue reading “MidAmerican Energy aims for 85% wind power”