Interdisciplinary leadership program develops leadership skills in engineers

Increasingly, employers are looking for engineering graduates with leadership skills to complement their technical abilities. At Iowa State, community leadership and public service is an academic certificate program designed to develop the leadership, communication and organizational abilities in its graduates, including many engineers. Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the Carrie … Continue reading Interdisciplinary leadership program develops leadership skills in engineers

Hillier with a biosensor

Harnessing the science of light for biosensing

It started as a passing fascination with an insect. Andrew Hillier, chair and Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University, observed a brilliant purple-blue wasp on his driveway at home and wondered at its intense color. “This insect, called a steel blue cricket hunter, is … Continue reading Harnessing the science of light for biosensing

New masters program in engineering management now available

A new online degree program, Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, is now available through Engineering-LAS Online Learning. Increasingly, employers seek engineers who can work and lead in a multi-disciplinary environment, and who are able to solve both technical and business problems by applying a systems approach. The ISU Master of Engineering in Engineering Management … Continue reading New masters program in engineering management now available

Griffith: Customer goals the priority in construction engineering

Kendall Griffith, vice president of operations for Mortenson Construction’s Minneapolis office, is an Iowa State University alumnus with an impressive portfolio of construction projects and a conviction that close collaboration between builder and client produces the best outcome. Griffith, a 1992 graduate, came to Iowa State from Geneseo, Illinois, and was drawn to construction engineering … Continue reading Griffith: Customer goals the priority in construction engineering

Dennis Vigil and Michael Olsen

Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

Photobioreactors, the production systems used to grow algae, seem to operate on a simple concept: place photosynthetic microorganisms in a liquid growth medium and add light. But Dennis Vigil, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, and his research partner, Michael Olsen, professor of mechanical engineering, know that photobioreactors are much more … Continue reading Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

ISU alum’s career a lifetime of contributions to microchip design

Iowa State alumnus Robert Brayton says his engineering education laid a foundation for a “dream job” as a mathematics researcher at IBM when the computer industry was in its infancy. Brayton graduated from Ames High School in 1951, and it was clear to him then that he would be attending Iowa State’s engineering college. It … Continue reading ISU alum’s career a lifetime of contributions to microchip design

Phil Jasper

Jasper: integrating business, leadership skills into engineering career success

Phil Jasper believes business and leadership skills, combined with a “world class” engineering education at Iowa State University, contributed to his long-term career success. Jasper, a 1991 aerospace engineering alumnus, was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems at Rockwell Collins, an Iowa-based communication and aviation electronics company. A Lamont … Continue reading Jasper: integrating business, leadership skills into engineering career success

Mechanical engineering grad student wins 2013 Zaffarano Prize

Joseph Miller, a recent Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2013 Zaffarano Prize, which recognizes superior performance in publishable research by a graduate student. A check for $1,500 and a plaque was presented to Miller by the Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Xi, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers, … Continue reading Mechanical engineering grad student wins 2013 Zaffarano Prize

Spring 2013 student marshal, outstanding seniors announced

Prasad Raman, a senior in aerospace engineering from Eden Prairie, Minn., will serve as the College of Engineering’s student marshal in Iowa State University’s spring 2013 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13. He will be accompanied by Alric Rothmayer, a professor in aerospace engineering and mathematics. “I have had the opportunity to interact with some … Continue reading Spring 2013 student marshal, outstanding seniors announced

Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress

Iowa State engineering students recently got a rare chance to explain the importance of their research to members of Congress. The university’s student chapter of Material Advantage sent members to Washington D.C. to promote the importance of science as part of the national organization’s Congressional Visit Day, April 10-11, 2013. Material Advantage organizes the event … Continue reading Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress

Tan’s paper most cited in Journal of Applied Physics

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Xiaoli Tan’s paper, “Evolving morphotropic phase boundary in lead-free (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3–BaTiO3 piezoceramics,” was one of the most cited papers of 2012 in the Journal of Applied Physics. In the paper, Tan and his research partners examine the morphotropic phase boundary, or the composition range with coexisting crystalline phases, in … Continue reading Tan’s paper most cited in Journal of Applied Physics

CNDE grows outreach in Middle East

After recently speaking at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Leonard Bond, director of Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), sees the promise of a collaborative partnership. “NDE testing applies particularly to infrastructure and that is of growing importance to the oil industry. Much of the infrastructure in that part … Continue reading CNDE grows outreach in Middle East

Zhang wins NSF grant to develop high-speed 3D measurements for industry

Song Zhang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to explore solutions for a growing need in manufacturing industries: a fast, accurate, and reliable way of inspecting parts. The $200,000 grant will fund research to develop a high-speed 3D metrology method that can take real-time optical measurements of parts … Continue reading Zhang wins NSF grant to develop high-speed 3D measurements for industry