College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Iowa State industrial engineering senior and first-year MBA student combines her two passions

Meghan Heavener, first-year MBA student and senior in Industrial Engineering at Iowa State University, is combining engineering with business to achieve her goals. The MBA program only added one year to her degree program, but she hopes that it will add a lot more to her skillset. 

Fall 2018 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 15. Read more about the contributions, accomplishments and future plans of this class of impressive Cyclone engineers.

MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad

Undergraduates can gain research experience on campus and abroad, especially with the help of Steve Martin, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University. This summer, Adriana Joyce, senior in materials engineering, traveled to the Institute of Ceramics and Glass, one of 130 centers belonging to the State Agency’s Superior Council of Scientific Research in Madrid, Spain. …Continue reading “MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad”

Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal

Allison Theisen, senior in Industrial Engineering, is diversifying her undergraduate degree program at Iowa State University with an entrepreneurial studies minor. As the director of social enrichment for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, Theisen planned a lot of different events for about 300 people, and she found that the social and planning aspects of the job appealed to her. Theisen always wanted to pursue …Continue reading “Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal”

ISU Material Advantage connects students to the department, the community and Iowa representatives

Iowa State University is home to its very own chapter of Material Advantage, a student organization that “provides access to the materials science and engineering professional’s most preeminent societies,” including The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Involvement in the organization gives students leadership experience, scholarship opportunities, conference and event access, …Continue reading “ISU Material Advantage connects students to the department, the community and Iowa representatives”

MSE GOLD strengthens alumni-student relations

MSE GOLD, Materials Science and Engineering Graduates of the Last Decade group, continues the strong MSE student community into alumni life at Iowa State University. The MSE GOLD program allows alumni to reconnect with friends, network and share opportunities with other alumni and student mentees. “I think one of the great things about MSE GOLD is that it gives …Continue reading “MSE GOLD strengthens alumni-student relations”

Student Innovation Center construction crew building a common ground for collaboration

The Student Innovation Center construction crew is not only building a structure, but a common ground for teams to collaborate and innovate – a glass building with the ability to let light and new ideas shine through. Construction began in March 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2020, and features a unique design with unique construction challenges.

Materials science discovery paves way to new coatings and surface treatments

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has led his research team to a pioneering discovery in Janus particles that could impact the research and development of surface coatings, cosmetics, 3-D printing, drug formulation and more.The resulting research article has been chosen as a back-cover feature in Soft Matter journal.

Somani named Distinguished Alumnus of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

Arun Somani, associate dean for research, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Philip and Virginia Sproul Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as a recipient of a 2018 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS Pilani) Distinguished Alumnus Award for his outstanding contributions in academia and research.

Cyclone Racing’s formula team upgrades aero, drivetrain in race for podium position

Story courtesy of the ISU News Service  6-6-18 update: Engineers like to say they’re problem-solvers. Well, the students of Cyclone Racing Formula SAE had some hands-on training as they tackled problem after problem at the Formula North competition in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The biggest problem? Engine trouble. The solution: “a hotel parking lot engine swap,” said …Continue reading “Cyclone Racing’s formula team upgrades aero, drivetrain in race for podium position”