College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Suraj Kothari: Celebrating 35 years in ECpE

Thirty-five years with Suraj Kothari Suraj Kothari, Professor at Iowa State University, is no stranger to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In fact, Kothari is celebrating 35 years affiliated with ECpE at Iowa State — and 20 as a full faculty member in the department. In 1984, Kothari moved to Iowa after graduating …Continue reading “Suraj Kothari: Celebrating 35 years in ECpE”

Managing and engineering collide for ECpE alum Brenda McDermott

Managing over 100 employees and two departments is no easy responsibility. But Iowa State University alum Brenda McDermott, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is driving new champions at her position as Director of Design and Construction at Xcel Energy in Minnesota, an investor-owned utility across ten states. McDermott has eight direct managers …Continue reading “Managing and engineering collide for ECpE alum Brenda McDermott”

Secretary Lynne surpasses limits

Managing schedules, appointments, finances and more, all while being on call for faculty and staff, is no easy task. Yet Lynne Dubert, from Odgen, Iowa, is one to surpass the limits, accomplishing all of this and more. Lynne began a new position last October in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa …Continue reading “Secretary Lynne surpasses limits”

Senior Bailey Righi: Running toward a future with Nike

Growing up in Missouri and attending college at Iowa State University, software engineering senior and student athlete Bailey Righi has spent most of her life in the midwest. As a senior, Righi has a lot to look forward to and many moves to make in her last year at ISU. But one move is already …Continue reading “Senior Bailey Righi: Running toward a future with Nike”

ECpE Professor Vaswani gives keynote at image processing conference

On Dec. 22, 2019, Anderlik Professor Namrata Vaswani in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University attended the seventh national conference on computer vision, pattern recognition, image processing and graphics (NCVPRIPG 2019) as a keynote speaker. The conference was held at Hubballi, Karnataka, India. Vaswani was one of six keynote speakers at NCVPRIPG. She …Continue reading “ECpE Professor Vaswani gives keynote at image processing conference”

Past, present, future of space exploration: ECpE alum Lewis C. Hill II of NASA

As an outer space fanatic since grade school, Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Lewis C. Hill II is living his dream as a software developer at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. In Hill’s position, he helps to enable space exploration and works on many aerospace innovations, working …Continue reading “Past, present, future of space exploration: ECpE alum Lewis C. Hill II of NASA”

ECpE grad student Vivek-Kumar Singh receives best paper, best poster awards

Vivek-Kumar Singh, a graduate student at Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently presented his research and has received a best paper and best poster award at two separate conferences since November 2019. Singh received the best paper award at a conference known as Resilience Week, held in November. Resilience Week has been …Continue reading “ECpE grad student Vivek-Kumar Singh receives best paper, best poster awards”

ECpE alum Josh Hale powers equity as ISUPD Police Lieutenant and Systems Analyst 

A problem solver with a passion for justice, Police Lieutenant and Systems Analyst Josh Hale has found the place where coding and technology blend with the law at the Iowa State University Police Department (ISUPD). When first graduating from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University with a degree in …Continue reading “ECpE alum Josh Hale powers equity as ISUPD Police Lieutenant and Systems Analyst “

In Memory of Glenn Hillesland

Glenn Hillesland, adjunct professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, peacefully passed away on Jan. 12, 2020, in Ames.  As a young student, Hillesland attended a one-room schoolhouse in Conover, Iowa. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Iowa State the following year, pursuing courses in …Continue reading “In Memory of Glenn Hillesland”

In Memory of Hsung-Cheng “Cheng” Hsieh

Hsung-Cheng “Cheng” Hsieh, professor with Iowa State University‘s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) from 1968-98, passed away on Dec. 2, 2019, in Ames, due to complications from a stroke. Hsieh was 90 years old. After attending prestigious universities and receiving a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Dartmouth College and master of science …Continue reading “In Memory of Hsung-Cheng “Cheng” Hsieh”

ECpE’s Kumar delivers keynote at IC3 and is “Best Paper Award” finalist at ICINCO

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Professor Ratnesh Kumar at Iowa State University recently gave a keynote talk at International Conference on Contemporary Computing (IC3) in India. This conference has been running annually since 2008. Kumar, one of seven keynote speakers at the conference, spoke on Model-Based Safety Analysis in Cyber-Physical Systems. “This was …Continue reading “ECpE’s Kumar delivers keynote at IC3 and is “Best Paper Award” finalist at ICINCO”

ECpE receives $1 million DOE grant for elevating distributed wind power with new optimization and control algorithms

All across Iowa, rural communities reside. Driving between those communities, plots of land with hundreds of giant wind turbines are commonly seen from car windows. These wind turbines provide power to transmission systems and spread around the country, powering communities around America. But small-scale distributed wind turbines also can power local communities. In the Department …Continue reading “ECpE receives $1 million DOE grant for elevating distributed wind power with new optimization and control algorithms”

An electrical engineer and groundbreaking pilot: ECpE Veteran Robert Martin

Robert Martin, a graduate of Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was a pilot and veteran who flew 63 and a half missions during World War II as a part of the well-known and barrier-breaking Tuskegee Airmen, and later on in life became an electrical engineer by jumping over many obstacles. A …Continue reading “An electrical engineer and groundbreaking pilot: ECpE Veteran Robert Martin”

ECpE alum Mansoor Sarwar inspires the future as UET Vice Chancellor

Mansoor Sarwar, an alum (‘88 comp engr) from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, has had a dream of teaching and inspiring others since high school. Now, he is doing just that — and more.  Sarwar has recently been appointed as Vice Chancellor of the University of Engineering and Technology …Continue reading “ECpE alum Mansoor Sarwar inspires the future as UET Vice Chancellor”

EPRC Director Anne Kimber: Generating a better world for all

Anne Kimber is an innovator and leader of electric power and energy-related fields. As the Director of the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, her level of expertise is valuable and seemingly limitless. EPRC works to promote and expand electric power and energy-related research …Continue reading “EPRC Director Anne Kimber: Generating a better world for all”

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