Category: Academics

From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

Much like the game of football, all components on an engineering design must work together to achieve an end goal. Having played football for a better part of his life, mechanical engineering (ME) senior Nate Van Veldhuizen understands the parallels between the game he loves and the material that he learns in the classroom. “One … Continue reading From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Learning about engineering in another country is an effective way to become a better-rounded engineer, according to one student. Tim Dorn, a junior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring 2019 semester and his summer studying abroad at Hochschule Mannheim in southwest Germany. He said that through this experience he noticed the differences in the cultures … Continue reading ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Childhood love of video games leads to professional passion for virtual reality

Growing up, Brandon Jorgensen had no idea that his love for video games would one day lead to a professional interest in the field of virtual reality (VR). Today he owns a VR company. Jorgensen grew up in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, (just east of Des Moines) and graduated from Southeast Polk High School. After high … Continue reading Childhood love of video games leads to professional passion for virtual reality

IE student balances her time between the classroom and the stage

Strong connections link engineering with the performing arts, according to one industrial engineering student. Emily Oldham, a junior pursuing a double degree in industrial engineering and the performing arts, grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and was involved with the performance side of both dance and theater in elementary and middle school. In high school she … Continue reading IE student balances her time between the classroom and the stage

ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME

Mechanical engineering professor Abhijit Chandra has received a prestigious award from a top organization in his field. Earlier this month, Chandra received the Excellence in Mechanics Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division. This lifetime achievement award was bestowed upon Chandra because of advancements he has made in … Continue reading ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME