College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Studying innovations in steel building design

W. Samuel Easterling, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, and Onur Avci, research assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, are members of a research team investigating modular steel plate floor framing and diaphragm systems in steel building structures. The new project is funded by the Charles Pankow Foundation.

Board of Regents Approves new Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation at Iowa State University

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved formation of the new Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation (WiCI) at Iowa State University. The mission of the WiCI Center is to advance the frontier of wireless and applications as well as the platforms and practice of research, education, innovation and community empowerment.

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.”

NASA Space Act Agreement expands NDE capabilities in high-frequency microwave/millimeter wave testing

Iowa State University’s microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive evaluation laboratory, directed by Reza Zoughi at Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), will expand its capabilities through a new partnership with NASA.

Through a Space Act Agreement (SAA), NASA Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) will loan a microwave/millimeter wave performance network analyzer that makes possible measurements up to 325 GHz, significantly improving this laboratory’s range of high-frequency testing capabilities.