This summer marked the 7th cohort of APEXE, or the Academic Program for EXcellence for Engineers. APEXE gives incoming Iowa State engineering students the opportunity to experience the life of a Cyclone Engineer – and to increase the success rate of multicultural, first-year engineering students. APEXE is a component of the university-wide APEX program and is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Dean of Students Multicultural Student Affairs Office.
Jacek Koziel, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, spent a month in Uzbekistan using his food, energy and water nexus expertise in the Aral Sea basin as part of the prestigious Fulbright Specialist Program.
Namrata Vaswani, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Paul Durbin, professor of aerospace engineering, and Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering, have been appointed to Joseph and Elizabeth Anderlik Professorships in Engineering.
Brian Steward, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is the lead mentor of Team Neutrino, a FIRST Robotics Competition team for high school students. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields.
“Team PrISUm served as the foundation for everything I know today, whether that be collaborating with team members, principles of project management, being comfortable with no clear answer and taking risks,” said Cylone Engineer Dylan Neal (’18 mech engr).
Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, led a discovery that made the cover of Langmuir. Jiang and his team investigated how amphiphilic Janus particle assembly structures are influenced by the addition of surfactant molecules. The research offers principles and guidance for future applications in coatings, biomedication, sensors and disease diagnosis.
Iowa State’s CyWind team competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition, taking home the top project development award and a fifth place finish overall.
Janessa Boley, academic advisor in chemical and biological engineering, received the 2019 Iowa State Early Achievement in Learning Community Coordination Award.
Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, launched the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program, or GUMP, to provide professional development for international students and build community between international and domestic graduate students.
Ming-Chen Hsu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded the 2019 U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics Gallagher Young Investigator Award, one of the most prestigious honors from the global computational mechanics’ community. The Gallagher Young Investigator Award is given to an outstanding investigator under the age of 40, who is recognized for outstanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers.
College of Engineering researchers revealed research and searched for interdisciplinary collaborators at the third-annual ISU Research Day. Here’s what some of the many Cyclone Engineers at the event had to say the type of collaborators they are seeking – and the value of working with those across traditional discipline boundaries.
Hands-on experience has been the key to Sam Simons’ (’18 mech engr) success in the automotive industry. As a student at Iowa State, he studied abroad in Italy, did an internship at Nexteer and a co-op at BMW – turned into a full-time position with the automaker.
FundISU is a new way for Cyclone Engineering alumni and friends to support the innovative work and research being done at Iowa State University. Nearly four years ago the Iowa State University Foundation implemented FundISU – a crowdfunding platform helps Iowa State University community members raise money to support projects that advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university and promote Iowa State’s mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
Michelle Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, was named equity advisor for the College of Engineering. She will support the recruitment and advancement of women and faculty of color, and disseminate information and best practices to engineering departments. Soupir will also be engaged with ADVANCE activities at the university and college levels.