As a member and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Advisory Council, John Kaiser was always a very popular visitor whenever he’d come to Sweeney Hall. As a longtime employee of Mars Chocolate, Kaiser, who some nicknamed “The Candy Man,” would bring samples of his employer’s products to hand out to … Continue reading John Kaiser eager to boost real world knowledge as CBE’s new lecturer
“Sept. 7, 1910. Hot! C.E. McCune, Surveyor.” These handwritten words, from page seven of a century-old Keuffel & Esser Co. Field Book 360, provide a small glimpse of one day in Ames, Iowa, according to Iowa State University 1911 electrical engineering graduate Charles E. McCune. McCune’s 1910 notebook was found at a library book sale … Continue reading 1910 surveying notebook shows Iowa State’s campus through the eyes — and feet — of ECpE alum
A mechanical engineering alum has been named to the governing board for a Missouri-based manufacturing company. Srikanth Padmanabhan (PhDME’91) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt, “a 135-year-old diversified manufacturer that designs and produces engineered products found in most homes and automobiles.” The company consists of “14 business units, 22,000 employee-partners, and … Continue reading ME alum named to Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt
Robert Martin, graduate of Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away in July at age 99. Martin, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, was an ISU electrical engineering student when he applied to join the U.S. Army Air Corps and eventually was enrolled in the military’s new Black Pilot Program. Martin served in … Continue reading ISU ECpE graduate and WWII Tuskegee Airmen pilot passes away at 99
She may be new to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), but Mackenzie Sissel is no stranger to the neighborhood. CBE’s new academic adviser holds a bachelor’s degree from ISU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. While in that department, “I was drawn to the instruction and student engagement side of things,” she says, “so … Continue reading Mackenzie Sissel brings plenty of Iowa State engagement to role as new CBE adviser
An industrial engineering alumna has taken the skills she learned at Iowa State and is now applying them to the fashion industry in the Big Apple. Casey Waechter (BSIE’05) grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and looked at schools in both Iowa and Chicago when it came time for college. Ultimately she picked the Ames-based … Continue reading From the blue skies of Iowa to the skyscrapers of New York
AMES – Larry C. Pithan of Andalusia, Ill., a 1973 Iowa State University graduate in mechanical engineering who is the retired CEO at IMEG Corporation in Rock Island, Ill., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. His term will expire in 2022. The role of the ISU … Continue reading ME alum Pithan elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors
AMES – Eric Wittrock of Urbandale, Iowa, a 1992 Iowa State University graduate in mechanical engineering who is current director of business development for GMT Corporation of Waverly, Iowa, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. His term will expire in 2022. The role of the ISU … Continue reading ME alum Wittrock elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors
A mechanical engineering alum was recently recognized by the world’s largest petroleum engineering professional society. Sadanand D. Joshi (PhDME’78) is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineering‘s (SPE) John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished professionals. As a doctoral student at Iowa State, Joshi studied under longtime ME Professor Art Bergles. After completing his PhD … Continue reading ME alum Joshi receieves distinguished professional award
New courses taught by successful entrepreneur Jim Fay (’74 chem engr) will teach Cyclone Engineers the skills needed to do innovative intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial product development.
“I was just cracking jokes, and I saw her two seats over and said hi, introducing myself,” Cameron Cornick said. “We ended up sitting on the same side of the room, on the right-hand side.” Ashlyn Cornick, a DMACC transfer student, met her now-husband Cameron, a sophomore at Iowa State University, in Electrical Engineering 285, … Continue reading Sparks fly in ECpE
New leadership to focus on providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate education, expanding research with state and global impact as top priorities David Sanders has been named the Greenwood Department Chair in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. His appointment began July 1, 2018. “Engineering is about problem-solving and people,” Sanders says. “Civil, … Continue reading David Sanders joins Iowa State Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as department chair
When Marlin Fischer (indust engr ’80) graduated from Iowa State, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, his adventure didn’t stop there. He was headed for the bright lights of show business.
Right around dusk, Philip Schmitz, a 2010 Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate, coasted through the clouds. Flying over Mount Fuji in Japan, Schmitz’s wingman snapped a photo of Schmitz and his pilot showing some Cyclone pride with a Cyclone flag present in the plane window. From Midwestern Iowa to Japan, … Continue reading ECpE alum takes flight
Earning a nickname can be a rite of passage for any freshman, rookie, or other newcomer, and for one mechanical engineering alum that rite of passage occurred within the first week of his new job. Adam “The Purple Squirrel” Carlson landed a job with Ford in January 2014, after finishing a dual degree in mechanical … Continue reading Nickname signifies rarity of skill set for ME alum