College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald

John G. McDonald, a 1957 B.S. graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) and member of the department’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, passed away July 14 at the age of 86. Originally from Ohio, McDonald came to Iowa State University through a Navy ROTC scholarship. After receiving his chemical engineering …Continue reading “In memory of CBE alum, hall of fame member John G. McDonald”

ABE alumni and faculty win Davidson Prize for innovative grain-drying technology

Haber Technologies received the Davidson Prize at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers during the Virtual Commodity Classic for their DRI-Stack grain-drying and aeration system. The DRI-Stack system dries and manages grains in grain bins using ambient air or heated air in a data-driven, innovative, section-by-section approach. Their design helps cut energy costs …Continue reading “ABE alumni and faculty win Davidson Prize for innovative grain-drying technology”

2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees

As part of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) 150-year anniversary celebration, 26 alumni of the CCEE department are being recognized for their professional achievements, service to the profession, community and/or the department, and their high degree of character and integrity. There are two different recognitions: Hall of Fame and Distinguished …Continue reading “2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees”

Serving his country by teaching armed service members

Ben McFarland was inspired by the good teachers he had as a student at Iowa State University and now he’s looking to pay it forward in his capacity as a college instructor. McFarland grew up in Nevada, Iowa and developed an interest in STEM at an early age because of his father, Pat, who worked …Continue reading “Serving his country by teaching armed service members”

Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University

Growing up in coastal Saudi Arabia, Fahad Alsaggaf developed a strong personal connection to the sea. So, it was a major change of scenery when he attended college in a landlocked state like Iowa, but he said he has never regretted his decision. Alsaggaf grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a port city along the …Continue reading “Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University”

How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

From growing up in a town of fewer than 400 people to working with companies valued in the billions, Fred Dotzler has done a lot in his career but he never forgets about the role that Iowa State University played in shaping him personally and professionally as a young man. Dotzler grew up in Defiance, …Continue reading “How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist”

ECpE alum Vivek Kumar Singh recognized with 2020 NASPI Outstanding Student of the Year Award

Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) alum Vivek Kumar Singh has been recognized with the 2020 North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) Outstanding Student of the Year – Graduate-level award for performing significant work in using or advancing synchrophasor technology. The mission of NASPI is to improve power system reliability and visibility …Continue reading “ECpE alum Vivek Kumar Singh recognized with 2020 NASPI Outstanding Student of the Year Award”

New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been named the inaugural Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor. The professorship has been made possible by a generous gift from Iowa State College of Engineering alumni couple Mary Jane and Randy Hagenson. Cochran, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from …Continue reading “New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran”

IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away

Robert “Bob” Walkup, an alum of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program who had a long and successful career in various sectors, passed away on March 12th at the age of 84. Prior to his death he was diagnosed with a rare genetic form of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as reported by tucson.com. Bob was born …Continue reading “IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away”

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