College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Workshop opens access to technology and fun for visually impaired students

An engineering lab in Howe Hall buzzed with energy Tuesday as 12 blind high school students worked in teams to disassemble, assemble, and reprogram robots built from intricate LEGO pieces. They strategized, they speculated, they laughed, and they proclaimed success. No one said “I can’t.” The students were from an Iowa Department for the Blind …Continue reading “Workshop opens access to technology and fun for visually impaired students”

Iowa State named ‘Best Buy’ in 2011 Fiske Guide; engineering noted

Iowa State University is one of 21 public colleges and universities listed as “Best Buy” schools in the new “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011.” The Best Buy institutions – 21 public and 24 private – “offer outstanding academics with relatively modest prices,” according to the guide. Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate …Continue reading “Iowa State named ‘Best Buy’ in 2011 Fiske Guide; engineering noted”

International experience pays off for Prater, Velasco

David Prater and Erica Velasco took different paths on their academic and international journeys, but they ended up with the same outcome: being well-prepared for the next step in their adventures. The two engineering students, who studied abroad as part of the Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) Program, were featured in a recent Link …Continue reading “International experience pays off for Prater, Velasco”

AirISU: The building of an airplane

AirISU is a student club with a lofty goal—build and fly a light-sport airplane. It’s a highly complex task, but a visit to Room 0618 in Howe Hall shows that the aircraft is taking shape after six years of hard work. AirISU was established in 2004 with the goal of designing and building an airplane …Continue reading “AirISU: The building of an airplane”

CoE receives grant from Master Builders of Iowa

The College of Engineering at Iowa State University has received a $150,000 grant from the Master Builders of Iowa (MBI). The grant will be used in the creation of the Tom and Ro Jellinger Laboratory in Iowa State’s construction engineering program. “The Master Builders of Iowa has been a key supporter of our program throughout …Continue reading “CoE receives grant from Master Builders of Iowa”

Culver, energy experts tout advances, challenges at IAWIND conference at Iowa State

More than 260 attendees from academia, government, and industry met April 6 at the Iowa State Center’s Scheman Building for the 2010 Conference of the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Design, or IAWIND. The event was at once a celebration of Iowa’s national leadership in wind power, a challenge to do even more …Continue reading “Culver, energy experts tout advances, challenges at IAWIND conference at Iowa State”

Iowa State’s Anderson returns to space

Clayton Anderson, who earned an Iowa State University master’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1983, blasted back into space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery early Monday, April 5. Anderson was scheduled to do three spacewalks during the 13-day Mission STS-131 to the International Space Station. In 2007, Anderson spent five months at the space station.

Engineering honors students to display research

Several College of Engineering students in the University Honors Program will be among those presenting their research at the fourth annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. The symposium will take place in the Memorial Union on Tuesday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more here.

ECpE and design grads form video game company

Mike Boxleiter, a 2007 grad from the electrical and computer engineering department, and Greg Wohlwend, a 2008 graphic design graduate, have combined forces to found Mikengreg Games after realizing a common interest when they were both working at the Virtual Reality Applications Center. Read the Iowa State Daily story.

Governor Culver accepts national ‘Project Lead The Way’ award for Iowa

On Tuesday, March 23, Governor Culver accepted the 2009 Joseph H. Oakey Excellence in Education Award from Project Lead the Way, Inc. The award honors Iowa’s commitment both to the PLTW organization and to providing greater access to higher education for Iowa’s students. Read the press release and see additional photos of the event.

Engineering undergrads among those to showcase their research at annual Capitol event

From developing a novel nanostructure for solar cells to deciphering the symbolism in West African textiles, 20 Iowa State University undergraduates will have plenty to discuss when they present their research to legislators and others during the fifth annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March …Continue reading “Engineering undergrads among those to showcase their research at annual Capitol event”

Study shows Iowa’s two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage

Two hybrid school buses that have hauled students around two Iowa school districts the past two years burned significantly less fuel than diesel comparison buses, but charging problems also kept the hybrid buses’ electric motors out of commission for long periods of time, according to a recent report by Iowa State University transportation researchers. The …Continue reading “Study shows Iowa’s two hybrid school buses achieve at least 30 percent better mileage”

Engineering students are making a difference in developing nations

Two Iowa State University student organizations are combining their know-how and dedication to service to create more sustainable households and improve water quality in Mali, Africa. The student chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Material Advantage received a $5,000 grant from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Foundation in support of the project “Ceramics …Continue reading “Engineering students are making a difference in developing nations”

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