Category: Alumni

CBE alum, College of Engineering council member Mark Lashier named Phillips 66 president, COO

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) alumnus Mark Lashier has been named president and chief operating officer of Phillips 66 effective April 1, 2021. He has served as president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP since August, 2017. Lashier received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State … Continue reading CBE alum, College of Engineering council member Mark Lashier named Phillips 66 president, COO

From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Growing up, John Lawson thought he would eventually take over the family grocery store. However, his father inspired him to pursue a different career path. In his youth, Lawson spent many hours working for his family’s downtown Moline, Illinois, grocery store, and fondly remembers delivering groceries to customers’ homes. He figured he would eventually become … Continue reading From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an … Continue reading Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

“Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact

When Alan Johnson, 2006 graduate of Iowa State University‘s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), appeared on the popular trivia television show “Jeopardy!” in mid-February 2021, he had been trying for years to become a contestant. His hard work paid off, literally, when he became a one-day champion of the show, taking first place … Continue reading “Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact

In memory of David Nicholas: Inventor of digital encoding process used in fax machines

David C. Nicholas, Iowa State University electrical engineering graduate, passed away on Jan. 14, 2021, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nicholas earned all three of his degrees (bachelor’s in 1967, master’s in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971) in electrical engineering from what is now ISU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE). As a graduate student, … Continue reading In memory of David Nicholas: Inventor of digital encoding process used in fax machines

In memory of John “Jack” Cosgrove: ECpE Hall of Fame member, former CEO of Rockwell Collins

*Updated on Feb. 5, 2021. John “Jack” D. Cosgrove, Iowa State University 1956 electrical engineering graduate, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021. Cosgrove made a memorable impact on the electronics industry and on the lives of many students at Iowa State. During his time as a student, Cosgrove was in the Army ROTC and was … Continue reading In memory of John “Jack” Cosgrove: ECpE Hall of Fame member, former CEO of Rockwell Collins

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and … Continue reading An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Iowa State University’s online IE degree opened new doors for alum

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many courses to be delivered virtually, one industrial engineering alum had an entirely online learning experience prior to the pandemic and said that it served him well. Michael Glazer completed his M.Eng. in industrial engineering (IE) in 2015. Considering he lives in the northeast, online delivery was the most … Continue reading Iowa State University’s online IE degree opened new doors for alum

Cyclone Engineer designs safer COVID-19 office furnishings

Within a year, Evan Hundley (’19 indust engr) went from sitting in an Iowa State classroom to working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on HNI’s rapid response team.  She accepted a position at HNI immediately following graduation in their early career development program.

Inspired by Batman’s ingenuity, Cyclone brothers team up to start their own company

In “The Dark Knight” movie trilogy, Bruce Wayne (i.e. Batman without the mask) ventures into the Applied Sciences division of Wayne Enterprises. This is where he develops his unique, innovative tools for fighting crime in Gotham City. As major movie buffs and aspiring entrepreneurs, this served as the inspiration for the Jensen brothers when they … Continue reading Inspired by Batman’s ingenuity, Cyclone brothers team up to start their own company

Q&A with Cole Jensen

Cole Jensen graduated with his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2020 and now co-manages the company he and his brother founded, Jensen Applied Sciences. Why did you choose to attend ISU? I have always heard about Iowa State’s good engineering school and really liked the tour I went on, so I ‘Chose my Adventure’ at … Continue reading Q&A with Cole Jensen

Dubuque Regional Airport renames terminal after ECpE Hall of Fame member Robert L. Martin

The Dubuque Regional Airport is renaming its terminal in honor of Robert L. Martin, World War II combat pilot and member of the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) inaugural Hall of Fame class. The Dubuque Regional Airport Commission voted unanimously to endorse and accept a petition filed to name the … Continue reading Dubuque Regional Airport renames terminal after ECpE Hall of Fame member Robert L. Martin

Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students

As a collegian, Tina Akinyi remembers often being the only student of color in her classes and the sense of isolation she felt because of it. Now in her professional capacity, she hopes to remove that sense of isolation for future students by bringing more people of color and other disenfranchised students into higher education. … Continue reading Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students