Toying with Technology

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

2010 IAWIND Conference

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.

ABE researchers working on saving eyesight

Chenxu Yu, an assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Qi Wang, an ABE research assistant, are on a team of researchers studying an eye test that could “revolutionize the diagnosis of glaucoma.” Read the Medical News Today story here.

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.