College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Chen and Zhang take second in MOPTA Competition

IE graduate students Bokan Chen and Leilei Zhang won second place in the MOPTA (Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Application) 2014 competition. They presented their work August 13-15 at Lehigh University and were advised by Lizhi Wang. The following description appears on the competition website: “The management of the electricity system is fundamentally changing and becoming increasingly challenging. This …Continue reading “Chen and Zhang take second in MOPTA Competition”

Alumni profile: John Lanman

A little over fifty years after graduating from Iowa State, many memories are still close to the surface for John Lanman, a 1963 graduate in industrial engineering. “I think of myself as being extremely interested in data and information, I remember going to the library at ISU and being amazed at the periodical room,” Lanman …Continue reading “Alumni profile: John Lanman”

IE senior leads new ISU student organization

Steven Way, senior in industrial engineering, combined his passions for soccer and giving back to others to create a new student organization at Iowa State. The organization, Pencils of Promise (PoP) at Iowa State University, is a service organization that is part of an international mission to build sustainable schooling programs in four countries around …Continue reading “IE senior leads new ISU student organization”

Fawzy receives best poster award

Mostafa Fawzy, a graduate student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, received an award for presenting one of the top five best posters in the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference held in April at Iowa State. Fawzy’s poster, “Evaluating Sizing Fast Pyrolysis Unit for Energy Production using Pugh Concept Selection Matrix,” represents a framework of evaluation …Continue reading “Fawzy receives best poster award”

Gilbert gives talk on interdisciplinary research

Stephen Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, gave a keynote address on the challenges of interdisciplinary research at the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference at Iowa State this spring. Gilbert’s talk, “The Pros and Cons of Interdisciplinary Research”, focused on the challenges researchers face as well as useful traits …Continue reading “Gilbert gives talk on interdisciplinary research”

IE students learn history of campus art manufacturing at Iowa State

Industrial engineering students in a solidification processes course learned about the mold making and casting processes used to create art for Iowa State’s campus. Students enrolled in the industrial engineering course I E 348, instructed by Professor Frank Peters, attended a lecture in Morrill Hall to “gain another perspective of the processes and capabilities” that …Continue reading “IE students learn history of campus art manufacturing at Iowa State”

Kirpes takes second place in national paper competition

Carl Kirpes, a graduate student in systems engineering, received second place in the IIE Construction Student paper competition this spring. The paper, entitled “Integrating Project Estimating & Cash Flow Analysis to Develop Companywide Resource Loading Projections,” was influenced by work Kirpes completed at GENESYS Systems Integrator in Kansas City. This was his first entry into the …Continue reading “Kirpes takes second place in national paper competition”

Undergraduates present research projects

IE students who participated in the Undergraduate Research Program this spring presented their findings in a showcase on April 17. Participation in the research program has led to nearly a fourth of these students pursuing further education after completing their undergraduate degrees. The program has been in place for three semesters and is the only …Continue reading “Undergraduates present research projects”

IE student named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior

Industrial engineering senior Benjamin Paul Jacobson recently received the Wallace E Barron Award All-University Senior Award. The award is an honor of the Iowa State Alumni Association and recognizes five outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community involvement and promise to continue these exemplary qualities as alumni. Jacobson is the …Continue reading “IE student named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior”

IE student elected vice president of GSB

Mike Hoefer, a junior in industrial engineering from Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been elected vice president of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body for 2014-2015. As vice president, Hoefer will manage the internal affairs and projects of GSB. He will chair the senate meetings and work closely with cabinet members to ensure completion of …Continue reading “IE student elected vice president of GSB”

IE alumnus promoted to Senior VP of Engine Products at Donaldson Company

Thomas R. Scalf, BSIE’89, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Engine Products, from his current role as Vice President of Global Industrial Air Filtration. Scalf joined Donaldson in 1989 and has held a number of key roles including Plant Manager in the US and Europe, Director of Operations, and General Manager in the Exhaust and …Continue reading “IE alumnus promoted to Senior VP of Engine Products at Donaldson Company”