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APEX for Engineers starts new Cyclone Engineers off strong

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.

Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences

Many students from across the nation come to Iowa State University during the summer to get hands-on research experience with ISU’s top faculty and facilities in Research Experience for Undergraduates programs (REUs).   Peter Meyer, senior in chemical and biological engineering at Colorado State University, has been participating in the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites …Continue reading “Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences”

Three Cyclone Engineers named Anderlik Professors

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.

Building STEM leaders: Cyclone Engineers mentor FIRST Robotics Team

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.

Shan Jiang’s Janus particle discovery lands Langmuir cover

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.

CyWind takes home project development award at Collegiate Wind Competition

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.

Development, community, belonging: New program provides unique experiences for international students

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 to Receive 2019 USACM Gallagher Young Investigator Award

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.

ISU Research Day in Cyclone Engineers’ own words

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.

Get involved in hands-on engineering learning and service projects with FundISU

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 named College of Engineering equity advisor

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.