Remembering Ralph F. Schlenker

Ralph F. Schlenker died on March 16, 2018, in Indianola, Iowa, at the age of 90. Schlenker was an alumnus of electrical engineering with the present Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, graduating in 1949.  He worked with the Iowa Power & Light Co., starting as a student intern upon graduation, serving … Continue reading Remembering Ralph F. Schlenker

Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

An Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) faculty member has been named to Iowa State’s newest endowed professorship. Frank Peters, an associate professor in IMSE, was named to the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering during a medallion ceremony on March 21. The professorship was made possible … Continue reading Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Engineering a career with Tesla

“Your gender shouldn’t determine what you can and cannot do,” Huber said. Accomplishing a variety of professional experiences, Sarah Huber faced the unique challenges of being a female in the male dominate world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sarah Huber graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical … Continue reading Engineering a career with Tesla

IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Karen (Hallaman) Ponder became the first woman to complete a PhD in industrial engineering at Iowa State when she graduated in 1978. Ponder was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and spent … Continue reading IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

Women’s History Month: Pioneering female electrical engineers: Carol Fisher

Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series highlighting alumnae, faculty and students. This is the first in a multi-part series. Click here for more Women’s History Month coverage. While Alice (Churchill) Camerlengo was the first female at Iowa State University to earn a degree in electrical engineering in … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Pioneering female electrical engineers: Carol Fisher

Eloise (Heckert) Lantz – ISU’s First Female Member of Pi Tau Sigma

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Eloise Heckert, a 1946 graduate of mechanical engineering, was the first female member of Iowa State’s chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the honorary mechanical engineering fraternity, at a time when few … Continue reading Eloise (Heckert) Lantz – ISU’s First Female Member of Pi Tau Sigma

Women’s History Month: ECpE alumna Anita Woodroffe

Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series highlighting alumnae, faculty and students. This is the second in a multi-part series. Click here for more Women’s History Month coverage. Anita Woodroffe grew up near Denmark, Iowa, where her parents had a sawmill business for over 50 years and … Continue reading Women’s History Month: ECpE alumna Anita Woodroffe

Elmina Wilson – pioneering engineer and women’s suffrage leader

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Elmina Tessa Wilson became the first female graduate of Iowa State’s civil engineering department when she completed her bachelor’s degree in 1892. Wilson was born in Harper, Iowa on Sept. … Continue reading Elmina Wilson – pioneering engineer and women’s suffrage leader

Women’s History Month: Pioneering Female Electrical Engineers

Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series highlighting alumnae, faculty and students. This is the first in a multi-part series. Click here for more Women’s History Month coverage. In the early 20th century, few women were applying to engineering programs. When formerly-named Iowa State College’s first female … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Pioneering Female Electrical Engineers

Florence Kimball – first female graduate of ME at Iowa State

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Florence Kimball became the first female graduate of Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department when she completed her degree in 1908. Kimball was born in Anamosa, Iowa in 1885. Her father, … Continue reading Florence Kimball – first female graduate of ME at Iowa State

Black History Month: ECpE’s first African-American graduate

Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is celebrating Black History Month with a series highlighting alumni, faculty and students. This is the first in a multi-part series. Click here for more Black History Month coverage. It’s hard to imagine Iowa State University’s campus without Parks Library or the Memorial Union in the early 1900s. It’s … Continue reading Black History Month: ECpE’s first African-American graduate