College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Lettuce deliver: Nick Herrig engineers tech solutions for fresh greens-to-doorstep startup

Nick Herrig (‘17 indust engr) is the lead software engineer for Clayton Farms, an Ames-based startup that delivers soil-free-grown produce to customers’ homes – the same day it’s harvested. 

After graduating and working in process improvement and IT for large companies for a few years, Herrig realized he was still hungry for the fast-paced world of startups.

The value of an engineering education

“The benefit of an engineering education is that, in addition to the specific subject matter, you learn the habits of self-study that will carry you through your career. In engineering you are always having to learn new material along the way, which is a very valuable skill,” said Stephen Mosher (’70 elec engr).

Iowa State researchers receive FAA awards

Philippe Meister, a recent Ph.D. graduate in human-computer interaction (HCI), and Michael Dorneich, professor in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), were both recognized during the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) annual meeting for its Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) program held this summer in Chicago. Meister is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Student Researcher Award while Dorneich won the 2021 Jimenez Faculty / Researcher Award.

AerE faculty member, alum, astronaut Clayton Anderson named President/CEO of SAC & Aerospace Museum

Iowa State’s own astronaut-in-residence, who made a name for himself orbiting the Earth, is now launching a new chapter on the terra firma of his native Nebraska.
Clayton Anderson, professor of practice in ISU’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, has become the President and CEO of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

Changing the Narrative: Distinguished CCEE Alumna Beth Duyvejonck is Building a Better Future for Women in Construction

For more than two decades, Beth Duyvejonck, 1997 Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) graduate, has focused passionately on building a better future for women in the construction industry.

ABE Alum Mitchell Hora Builds Soil Health Company From the Ground Up

The 19th person in his family line to go to Iowa State, and coming from a seventh generation farm in small-town Iowa, Hora started his adventure in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering only knowing he had an interest in agriculture and a family history at Iowa State. Little did he know that in four years, he would have built an international soil-health business from the ground up.

NASA ISS manager, AerE grad Joel Montalbano to Hall of Distinguished Alumni April 21

Department of Aerospace Engineering alumnus Joel Montalbano, director of NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) program, will return to the ISU campus for induction into the department’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

CCEE Alum and Hubbell Realty CEO Rick Tollakson Drives New Wellness Center for Easterseals Iowa

Tollakson, CEO of Hubbell Realty and 1976 Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering alum, just celebrated his extreme build of the ‘Rick Tollakson Wellness Center,’ a building located in the Easterseals Camp Sunnyside to provide crisis stabilization and outpatient therapy to individuals with brain injuries and/or developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Major CBE supporter, department grad Harold Wiggers passes away

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering alumnus and major department supporter Harold Wiggers passed away March 26 at the age of 93. His wife, Doreen Badger, 88, passed away March 31.

CCEE’s Vern Schaefer Retires after 19 years of Teaching, Research and Service

For Vern Schaefer, ISU Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering professor and ISU alum, leaving Iowa State and the academic engineering world is a huge change, but a chance for reflection on his role in the university’s land-grant motto: teaching, research and service.

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