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Student group takes on design-and-build of Cyclone jet

The College of Engineering is known for numerous accomplishments, but one team of students is taking on a project that literally aims for the sky: designing and building a 10-passenger business jet. Cyclone Business Jet (CBJ) is a student organization made up of more than 70 undergraduates who are primarily in engineering fields, along with …Continue reading “Student group takes on design-and-build of Cyclone jet”

Portable simulator helps to create safer driving experience

The Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is helping to make the roads safer with the “MiniCym,” a quarter-cab driver simulator. “This is a tool that will help us explore new areas of researched related to road safety and human factors,” said Shashi Nambisan, professor of civil, construction …Continue reading “Portable simulator helps to create safer driving experience”

Skripsky building career with FIRST

Many Iowa State students know the New Hampshire-based company FIRST from their annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, but one Iowa State alumnus has been working with the company and says there is more to FIRST than playing with building blocks. Nick Skripsky (BSME’08) is the resources coordinator of the FIRST Place center and has …Continue reading “Skripsky building career with FIRST”

Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua

While most students were lounging in the sun and taking a rest on spring break, three agricultural engineering (AgE) seniors were busy working with local Nicaraguans to provide a fruit preservation method for their community. Kristine Gleason, Alyse Herr, and Nicole Stoll partnered with EOS International to travel to Nicaragua and design and test a …Continue reading “Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua”

Engineering company donates $5,000 to college

The Black & Veatch Corporation recently donated $5,000 to the College of Engineering through its Building a World of Difference Foundation. The check was presented at this spring’s Engineering Career Fair by Jeff Kloster and the Black & Veatch college recruiting team. Ron Cox, associate dean for extension, accepted the check on the college’s behalf. …Continue reading “Engineering company donates $5,000 to college”

Engineering professor, PhD student published in leading physics journal

An Iowa State professor and his PhD student are gaining global recognition for their work on multivariant martensitic phase transformations. Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, along with PhD student Mahdi Javanbakht was published in Physical Review Letters (PRL, 2010, Vol.105, No.16, 165701), the world’s foremost …Continue reading “Engineering professor, PhD student published in leading physics journal”

Wang named newest Wilson Engineering Professor

Zhi J. Wang, associate chair for research of aerospace engineering and professor of mathematics, was recently appointed Wilson Engineering Professor, a position funded by the Grace Miller Wilson and T. Wilson Endowed Engineering Faculty Fund. “It is a tremendous honor and it feels great to be recognized. The best thing is that this honor is …Continue reading “Wang named newest Wilson Engineering Professor”

Local Girl Scouts gain national attention for creating working prosthesis

The Flying Monkeys, a team of Cadette Girl Scouts from Ames and Gilbert, won first place in the “Innovative Solution,” category at Iowa’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship, and their impressive work has gotten them national recognition. The team’s working prosthetic hand, named the BOB-1, that was created for a 3-year-old who does not have …Continue reading “Local Girl Scouts gain national attention for creating working prosthesis”

2011 Dean’s Student Leadership recipients announced

Three students were selected to receive the 2011 Dean’s Student Leadership Award. The recipients are Kaila Krieser (EE), Yamille Perez-Rodriguez (CE), and Luke Roling (ChemE). Juniors and seniors are nominated for the award based on their exemplary leadership in one or more college, university, community, or professional organization. The awards will be presented on Monday, …Continue reading “2011 Dean’s Student Leadership recipients announced”

Engineering honor society secures bid to host national convention

The Iowa State Tau Beta Pi (TBP) Chapter won the bid to host the 2013 National TBP Convention on October 3-5, 2013. Their proposal was reviewed by a committee of TBP members and accepted at the recent 2010 convention in Pennsylvania. Adam Christiansen, president of Iowa State’s TBP, presented the bid to the national committee …Continue reading “Engineering honor society secures bid to host national convention”

Jacobson named IEEE Fellow

Doug Jacobson, director of the Iowa State University Information Assurance Center and a university professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Fellow is the highest grade of membership in IEEE. “It is an honor to be recognized among many other individuals who …Continue reading “Jacobson named IEEE Fellow”

ChemE student interacts with “Most Powerful Women”

As a speaker at the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington D.C., Meredith Gibson was in someprominent company. President Obama also took the podium, as did Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo Inc., and Ursula Burns of the Xerox Corporation. Gibson, a junior in chemical engineering, was one of only two college women to speak …Continue reading “ChemE student interacts with “Most Powerful Women””

MSE group named best chapter for 7th straight year

The Iowa State Chapter of Material Advantage (MA) received the “Most Outstanding Chapter” Award at this year’s national Materials Science and Technology Conference, marking seven consecutive years of earning the award. Kate Lindley, junior in materials engineering and president of the Iowa State chapter, said each award is an amazing achievement that continues to push …Continue reading “MSE group named best chapter for 7th straight year”

Commitment to service

The flooding that overwhelmed Ames on August 10 caused widespread damage and disruption, with few citizens left untouched. While there were countless episodes of neighbors helping one another or citizens making small sacrifices for the greater good, a few examples of going above and beyond were found among College of Engineering faculty. On August 11, …Continue reading “Commitment to service”