Author: Eleni Upah

Students showcase work at research symposium

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of … Continue reading Students showcase work at research symposium

Courtnee Jackson, sophomore in aerospace engineering, finds her passion through internships

Like many engineers, Courtnee Jackson excelled at math and science in high school, which led her principal to introduce her to an aerospace engineering major. The St. Louis, Mo. native took an interest in the subject, but more so in the fact that her new friend was a female in engineering. “I felt like she … Continue reading Courtnee Jackson, sophomore in aerospace engineering, finds her passion through internships

All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Four Iowa State University Honors students with ties to the College of Engineering received Goldwater Scholarships in March. The program is the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The students—Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; William Lindemann, senior in materials science engineering and mathematics; Rachel Philiph, senior in materials science engineering; … Continue reading All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Cimone Wright Feature

Cimone Wright began her adventure in engineering before college

Everyone knows internships provide some of the most beneficial learning experiences for students looking for a career in engineering. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cimone Wright, a senior in computer engineering, who has an impressive seven internships under her belt and an eighth planned for the upcoming summer. Wright started her first engineering … Continue reading Cimone Wright began her adventure in engineering before college

Chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez finds world of opportunities at Iowa State

Originally from Chicago, chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez had no interest in coming to Iowa State. It wasn’t until she had the opportunity to visit the university for an event now called Multicultural Scholars Preview that she discovered the close-knit community here and decided she wanted to be a part of it. “I felt really welcomed when … Continue reading Chemical engineering senior Lizette Jimenez finds world of opportunities at Iowa State

Paulsen Feature

Civil engineering alum says ISU degree gave him competitive edge in transportation industry

In 2011, Bob Paulsen—a 1974 civil engineering alumnus—retired from his position as CEO of Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan (PBSJ), after many years of transportation research, design and management. But it was actually by accident that Paulsen enrolled in civil engineering all those years ago. When he began his first year at Iowa State, Paulsen … Continue reading Civil engineering alum says ISU degree gave him competitive edge in transportation industry

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love … Continue reading Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

Greg Brown finds interest in biomechanics, orthopedics through ME degree

As an alumnus of five universities, including Harvard and MIT, 1983 Iowa State graduate Greg Brown has put his talents to use around the world. From Iowa to Massachusetts and Canada to New Zealand, his journey has taken him from engineering to the medical field. Now, Brown reflects on his time at Iowa State and … Continue reading Greg Brown finds interest in biomechanics, orthopedics through ME degree

Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship awarded to Kate Klavon

Kate Klavon—a senior in agricultural engineering—has always been interested in the environment, and her time at Iowa State has been devoted to preparing herself to find solutions to environmental problems. With the help of the Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship, Klavon has been able to pursue her interests in agriculture and the environment. She has … Continue reading Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship awarded to Kate Klavon

CoE students win poster contest at LSAMP IINSPIRE conference

The LSAMP IINSPIRE Annual Conference, held at Hawkeye Community College on Nov. 8, was a winning day for both students and staff of Iowa State University. Two College of Engineering students brought home prizes for their original posters, while Katrina Williams—academic adviser in aerospace engineering—received the Outstanding Mentor Award for a faculty or staff member. … Continue reading CoE students win poster contest at LSAMP IINSPIRE conference

Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, gave an invited talk at the Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting in Towson, MD, Dec. 10-11. The main goal of this meeting was to discuss promising future directions in the fundamental study of materials under … Continue reading Levitas gives invited talk at Materials in Extreme Environments Army Science Planning and Strategy Meeting

Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Valery Levitas—Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering—and his post-doctoral associate Mahdi Javanbakht, have published the paper “Phase transformations in nanograin materials under high pressure and plastic shear: nanoscale mechanisms,” in the high-impact journal Nanoscale. There are two main challenges in the discovery of new high-pressure phases and the transformation … Continue reading Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Young engineering couple thrives in Silicon Valley

When Keegan and Melissa (Wiechert) Gartner met on the HABET (High Altitude Balloon Experiments in Technology) team at Iowa State, they were both undergrads studying engineering. Keegan was working toward a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering while Melissa was earning hers in aerospace engineering. The couple came to know each other through mutual friends, and … Continue reading Young engineering couple thrives in Silicon Valley

ISU engineering students help fourth grader Sam Wedig

Sam Wedig, a 10-year-old student at Crossroads Park Elementary School, was all smiles when Iowa State University mechanical engineering students showed him how they designed and permanently installed a communication interface on his wheelchair Thursday, Dec. 12, at the elementary school. Wedig has cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate effectively on his own. Thanks … Continue reading ISU engineering students help fourth grader Sam Wedig