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Kristen Constant

Kristen Constant named AAAS Fellow

Kristen Constant, Iowa State’s vice president and chief information officer, a Morrill Professor, the Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering and former chair of materials science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Honoring fall 2020 student marshal and outstanding seniors

Each semester outstanding seniors are selected, representing majors in the College of Engineering. One outstanding senior is named student marshal, representing the college at commencement. Congratulations to fall 2020 student marshal, Luis Granadillo, materials engineering and all the outstanding seniors.

Start to Finish sculpture, representing ASC-based collaboration and innovation, is restored

The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and University Museums partnered in the conservation of Start to Finish, a large sculpture representing the research, collaboration and innovation that takes place at the Applied Science Complex. Conservators with the University of Northern Iowa’s Public Art Incubator sandblasted the original paint, removed rust from within the columns and carefully repainted the sculpture to exactly match the paint to the artist’s original intent.

Scientist stands in a lab, wearing a white lab coat, gloves and a white face covering.

Cyclone Engineer Balaji Narasimhan, ISU Nanovaccine Institute awarded $2 million CARES Act grant to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

The state of Iowa has designated $2 million in federal CARES Act funding to support university research and development of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. Researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, led by Balaji Narasimhan, director of the Nanovaccine Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, will work together on a nanovaccine they expect will be needle-free, single-dose and won’t require refrigeration.

Convocation celebrates Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff

James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering W. Samuel Easterling celebrated Cyclone Engineering 2020 faculty and staff award honorees, named faculty positions and patent recipients at the College of Engineering’s fall convocation. This year’s interactive event was offered live online. Watch a replay here.

Enviratron robot rover gathers plant heat-stress response data

A new study shows how two responses in separate locations inside plant cells work in concert to help corn plants respond to heat stress. The research was made possible by the Enviratron, an innovative plant sciences facility at Iowa State University that utilizes a robotic rover and highly controlled growth chambers. The Enivratron’s plant measuring robots were developed by ABE’s Lie Tang.