Vogel develops communication standard at Emerson Electric Company

Scott Vogel, a 1989 electrical engineering alumnus, has been working for Emerson Electric Company for over 23 years, but his commitment to engineering began much earlier than that. As a young boy growing up in Fulton, Illinois, a small town just over the eastern Iowa border, Vogel considered himself a “computer geek” as he would … Continue reading Vogel develops communication standard at Emerson Electric Company

Bringing diverse experience to senior design

With past experiences and knowledge gained in industry, new aerospace engineering faculty member Tom Gielda is confident he has what it takes to add value to the department’s capstone senior design course. Gielda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 from Michigan State University (MSU), at which time he was commissioned a … Continue reading Bringing diverse experience to senior design

Optimal control engineer joins AerE

Trajectory optimization, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) path planning, and automotive accident reconstruction are just a few interests new aerospace engineering faculty member Ran Dai plans to expand upon as she makes her start at Iowa State. Dai, a native of China’s Jiangsu Province, began her undergraduate studies at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, … Continue reading Optimal control engineer joins AerE

Dorneich brings industry experience to IMSE department

After working in a collaborative environment for 13 years, new industrial manufacturing and systems engineering (IMSE) faculty member Michael Dorneich is looking forward to sharing his  expertise with Iowa State students and colleagues. Dorneich attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his bachelor’s in 1990 and master’s in 1995, both … Continue reading Dorneich brings industry experience to IMSE department

Graduate programs excite new IMSE faculty member

Systems engineer Paul Componation joined Iowa State’s industrial manufacturing and systems engineering faculty this fall with plans to use his 15 years of academic experience to help grow several engineering graduate programs. Growing up in West Virginia, Componation spent his teen years building and fixing various things at home with his family. So it wasn’t … Continue reading Graduate programs excite new IMSE faculty member

ME welcomes nanotechnology engineer

Ganesh Balasubramanian is looking forward to immense opportunities in teaching and nanotechnology research as he begins his new faculty position in the mechanical engineering department (ME) at Iowa State. Initially planning on pursuing a statistics degree, Balasubramanian eventually elected to study mechanical engineering at Jadavpur University due to the wide range of scientific fundamentals and … Continue reading ME welcomes nanotechnology engineer

A long road to success

Motivated by family and driven by a passion for the environment, Alexandra Bruns, civil, construction, and environmental engineering (CCEE) graduate, has pushed past several obstacles in her life to reach the final semester of her master’s degree. Despite any hardships, Bruns has maintained a positive outlook, never losing hope. At 33 years old, Bruns began … Continue reading A long road to success

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Terpenny named 2012 ASME fellow

Janis Terpenny, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department (IMSE) chair and Joseph Walkup Professor, has been named a 2012 ASME Fellow. Her selection as Fellow follows an impressive career wherein Terpenny is known nationally as a leader in engineering design education, research, and practice. ASME Fellows are nominated by their peers and have had ten … Continue reading Terpenny named 2012 ASME fellow

Iowa State introduces new engineering management graduate program

A new master’s program in engineering management will soon be offered at Iowa State. The master’s degree, which was recently approved by the Iowa Board of Regents, consists of 30 credits, split evenly between courses from the College of Engineering and the College of Business. “Creating the program was initially motivated by our engineering alumni … Continue reading Iowa State introduces new engineering management graduate program

ME student interns at ConAgra Foods

For years, educators and employers have been fervently promoting the importance of gaining experience through internships and co-ops as part of a well-rounded education. Mechanical engineering senior Robert Hanson has learned first hand from two internships how valuable experiential learning really is. Although each was a diverse experience, both were equally influential to his future. … Continue reading ME student interns at ConAgra Foods

An eye-opening experience

For years, educators and employers have been fervently promoting the importance of gaining experience through internships and co-ops as part of a well-rounded education. Mechanical engineering senior Robert Hanson has learned first hand from two internships how valuable experiential learning really is. Although each was a diverse experience, both were equally influential to his future. … Continue reading An eye-opening experience

New AerE hire wins prestigious award

Christina Bloebaum, who will be joining the aerospace engineering department this fall, has recently received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Award for 2012 (AIAA MDO Award). The award was established in 1993 to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to the development and application of techniques in multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) … Continue reading New AerE hire wins prestigious award

Iowa State professor publishes two papers in highly ranked journals

Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, has published two papers in highly ranked journals on his theory of virtual melting phenomenon, which describes short-term melting of materials followed by immediate recrystallization. Levitas and Ramon Ravelo, a collaborator from Los Alamos National Laboratory, were published in … Continue reading Iowa State professor publishes two papers in highly ranked journals