Mackenzie Sissel brings plenty of Iowa State engagement to role as new CBE adviser

She may be new to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), but Mackenzie Sissel is no stranger to the neighborhood. CBE’s new academic adviser holds a bachelor’s degree from ISU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. While in that department, “I was drawn to the instruction and student engagement side of things,” she says, “so … Continue reading Mackenzie Sissel brings plenty of Iowa State engagement to role as new CBE adviser

Boeing, Iowa State representatives meet to discuss current, future connections

The Department of Aerospace Engineering recently hosted representatives from Boeing and Iowa State University to explore connections between Boeing and aerospace, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering at the university in the areas of space and autonomous systems. The visit – which included meetings, facility tours, an overview of the NASA-sponsored Iowa Space Grant … Continue reading Boeing, Iowa State representatives meet to discuss current, future connections

All systems “go” for 2018 Spaceflight Operations Workshop

Thinking and acting like an astronaut will soon become daily life for a group of undergraduate students who are about to embark on an unforgettable journey with the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s 2018 Spaceflight Operations Workshop. The program, in its fifth year, will run from August 3-13, and will immerse participants in a series of … Continue reading All systems “go” for 2018 Spaceflight Operations Workshop

CBE’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab wraps up with valuable experience, memories

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab Program hosted eight Iowa State undergraduates this summer, joined by students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the annual joint program. The program uses the facilities and educators of the University of Oviedo. The intensive course work serves up a unit operations lecture and … Continue reading CBE’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab wraps up with valuable experience, memories

Proposals for Iowa Space Grant-NASA opportunities now being accepted

Proposals are now being accepted from undergraduate students at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University for hands-on student experiential opportunities in areas relevant to the mission of NASA. This student-centered opportunity includes research projects and participation in national or regional NASA-sponsored competitions. Teams or individual students may apply. … Continue reading Proposals for Iowa Space Grant-NASA opportunities now being accepted

Professor Alric Rothmayer named interim chair of Department of Aerospace Engineering

James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering Sarah Rajala has named Professor Alric P. Rothmayer interim chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Rothmayer will take over duties from Christina Bloebaum, who has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University. Rothmayer’s appointment will begin … Continue reading Professor Alric Rothmayer named interim chair of Department of Aerospace Engineering

Former NASA official, ISU faculty member Gonzalez-Torres is new Iowa Space Grant Consortium director

Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, a lecturer in the Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), effective July 1. He replaces Interim Department Chair and Dennis & Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Christina Bloebaum as director. She is departing Iowa State for an administrative post … Continue reading Former NASA official, ISU faculty member Gonzalez-Torres is new Iowa Space Grant Consortium director

Nanovaccine Institute work on pancreatic cancer featured in ISU news story

CBE’s Balaji Narasimhan, chemical engineering grad students part of research team The Iowa State University-based Nanovaccine Institute, led by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Balaji Narasimhan, is the subject of a feature story produced by University News Service. Read about the Institute’s work on nanovaccines for battling pancreatic cancer and … Continue reading Nanovaccine Institute work on pancreatic cancer featured in ISU news story

Rookie rocket builders from Iowa State launch to third place in global competition

They may have just left the launch pad in the world of student organizations, but Cyclone Rocketry Club’s trajectory of success has reached another new high with a third-place finish in the prestigious Spaceport America Cup competition – in the group’s rookie effort. CyROC, as it’s called, took third place in the 10,000 foot COTS … Continue reading Rookie rocket builders from Iowa State launch to third place in global competition

AerE grad student Tor Finseth part of research group radio interview

Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Tor Finseth is part of research group that was recently featured in a live radio interview on Ames’ KHOI-FM, a community radio station. Finseth has joined with Iowa State College of Engineering faculty members Michael Dorneich, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and … Continue reading AerE grad student Tor Finseth part of research group radio interview

Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres, Anderson share memories of astronaut Whitson on her retirement

The Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Iowa Space Grant Consortium are joining with countless individuals and organizations worldwide to note the retirement, and accomplishments, of record-setting Iowa astronaut Peggy Whitson. NASA recently announced that Whitson is retiring after more than 30 years of work with the space agency, which includes setting the mark for … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres, Anderson share memories of astronaut Whitson on her retirement

ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

Iowa State University’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility, which involves research by Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering educators and students, has received worldwide news coverage in a recent article published by CEP magazine, a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). CEP is AIChE’s flagship magazine and reaches more than 30,000 readers globally. “Catalyzing … Continue reading ISU’s Bio-Polymer Processing Facility featured in global publication

CBE’s Mallapragada to be plenary speaker at chemical engineering annual meeting

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering Surya Mallapragada has been invited to serve as a plenary speaker at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2018 Annual Meeting. She received the invitation from the meeting executive committee for the Pharmaceutical Discovery, Development, and Manufacturing Forum (Area 26) and Pharmaceuticals (15B). The committee … Continue reading CBE’s Mallapragada to be plenary speaker at chemical engineering annual meeting

Student safety survey by CBE’s Augspurger goes far beyond the research lab

Department’s lab supervisor will present her results at national safety conference Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory Supervisor Ashley Augspurger devotes a great deal of time to making sure students are working safely in the laboratories that fill Sweeney Hall and part of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory. But when it came to studying surveys … Continue reading Student safety survey by CBE’s Augspurger goes far beyond the research lab

CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty member Jean-Philippe Tessonnier has been awarded research funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Catalysis program. The program is part of the NSF’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems. Tessonnier’s project is entitled “Tailored Carbon-Supported Catalysis for the Conversion of Biomass in the Condensed Phase.” … Continue reading CBE’s Tessonnier gets research funding from NSF Catalysis program