College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Teachings, interests, and skills shape ECpE lecturer’s philosophy

Mani Mina is an educator and researcher, as well as a practitioner of martial arts. He believes the three are intricately related, helping him meet the demands of teaching larger classes as well as performing research that adds value in both educational and technical fields. The key, says Mina, who is a senior lecturer in …Continue reading “Teachings, interests, and skills shape ECpE lecturer’s philosophy”

Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship

When Kristopher Spoth finished his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky, eight weeks ago, he knew he did well. But he didn’t realize he did well enough to qualify for the Ironman World Championship held October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman World Championship is a long, brutal triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a …Continue reading “Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship”

Faculty member’s research featured on journal cover

Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Liang Dong’s paper titled “Multichannel Detection Using Transmissive Diffraction Grating Sensor” is featured on the December 2011 cover of the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. In the paper, Dong and electrical engineering PhD students Peng Liu and Depeng Mao present a new transmissive diffraction grating pH …Continue reading “Faculty member’s research featured on journal cover”

Iowa State alumnus named Medtronic Fellow

Medtronic, one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers, has appointed Iowa State alumnus Charles Sidebottom (BSEE’68) a technical fellow. The appointment acknowledges his 31 years of leadership and exemplary contributions to the company. Medtronic established the Technical Fellow Program to recognize top technical employees who are distinguished in their field. Of the approximately 40,000 …Continue reading “Iowa State alumnus named Medtronic Fellow”

Kothari transforms software analysis

Devices like cell phones and appliances usually operate hassle-free, but when the software in them malfunctions it is often an added expense and headache. Similar software is now present in cars, airplanes, and spacecrafts, but if the software components in those vehicles are not reliable, the result can be devastating—the potential loss of millions of …Continue reading “Kothari transforms software analysis”

Remembering the Legacy of Murray Harpole

On May 16, Iowa State alumnus and supporter Murray Harpole died suddenly at the age of 89. Those who knew Harpole remember him as a devoted friend and family member, creative engineer, successful businessman, and generous philanthropist. He made his home in Minnesota, but the many years he spent bettering Iowa State and its engineering …Continue reading “Remembering the Legacy of Murray Harpole”

A new generation of recycling

Two researchers in electrical and computer engineering are starting a new trend in recycling, shifting from conserving materials like paper and aluminum cans to being more resourceful with digital space. The unique concept, called bandwidth recycling, is a response to the unprecedented changes taking place in the mobile industry. Many of these changes are a result …Continue reading “A new generation of recycling”

Alumni couple transform historic home into brewpub

For five years, an old mansion sat abandoned in Atlanta, Georgia. The façade was covered in graffiti, and the inside was dusty and dilapidated. The surrounding historical neighborhood, known as Inman Park, had largely been restored to its old glory, but aside from occasional drifters, the home remained vacant. It had lived many lives since …Continue reading “Alumni couple transform historic home into brewpub”

An increase in wind energy education

Wind energy in Iowa is an ever-growing industry that has escalated rapidly in the past decade. Working in a state that the American Wind Energy Association ranks as No. 2 in wind energy generation output, professors at Iowa State’s College of Engineering feel a certain responsibility and absolute need to focus on wind energy education. …Continue reading “An increase in wind energy education”

Electrical engineering student selected to receive IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Award

Yang Li, a PhD student in electrical engineering, has been selected to receive an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Doctoral Research Award for the 2011-12 academic year. This prestigious award includes a $2,500 fellowship and is given annually to up to ten PhD students pursuing research in the area of electromagnetics. Li was selected to …Continue reading “Electrical engineering student selected to receive IEEE AP-S Doctoral Research Award”

Alumnus is the new ECE chair at Rowan University

Iowa State University alumnus Robi Polikar knows from experience that the old saying good things come in threes is true. Polikar, who received both his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Iowa State, has had a lot to celebrate this year. Not only did he reach the milestone of 10 …Continue reading “Alumnus is the new ECE chair at Rowan University”

Computer engineering student holds executive position in a national organization

Students at Iowa State quickly realize participating in the more than 700 student clubs and organizations at the university offers a chance to learn new things and meet new people. One engineering undergraduate is helping students across the globe gain similar experiences. Rick Hanton, senior in computer engineering, is the chair of the U.S. chapter …Continue reading “Computer engineering student holds executive position in a national organization”

Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend

After making it to the quarterfinals in last year’s RoboGames with their very first competition robot, the Iowa State Robotics Club’s BattleBots team worked even harder this year to improve the performance of their robots at the 2011 RoboGames’ Combat Robot competition in San Francisco, Calif., April 15-17. This year, the BattleBots team is taking …Continue reading “Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend”

Computer engineering students’ iPhone apps generate downloads, sales

Since November, thousands of people have downloaded the iAnimal series, Zombie Strategies: Prepare, and D&D Helper iPhone applications. Users of those apps may be surprised to learn that the apps were created by Iowa State University computer engineering students. The students developed the apps as part of a course assignment in a new embedded systems …Continue reading “Computer engineering students’ iPhone apps generate downloads, sales”

Computer engineering researchers examine smart grid vulnerabilities

ISU researchers are analyzing President Obama’s Smart Grid initiative. Manimaran Govindarasu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working with a team of researchers to study the potential security vulnerabilities with this initiative. The United States is currently in the process of adopting a Smart Grid that will link the entire bulk power grid of the …Continue reading “Computer engineering researchers examine smart grid vulnerabilities”