College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Two PIRI awards grant $900k to support translational artificial intelligence and foster rural innovation

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research has announced two winning teams for the 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI), distributing a total of $900,000 in institutional funding to support two of the largest collaborative initiatives in award history. For the 2021 award cycle, two teams led by associate professor of mechanical engineering Soumik Sarkar, and professor of electrical and computer engineering Hongwei Zhang and professor of architecture Kimberly Zarecor, were each recently selected to receive $450,000 in PIRI funding over the next three years.

Alumna Lori Ryerkerk of Celanese Corporation enters CBE Hall of Fame

Lori Ryerkerk, an alumna of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), has been inducted into the CBE Hall of Fame. She accepted the honor November 18 as part of the department’s Honors and Awards ceremony that celebrated student scholarships, fellowships and other achievements.

Hagenson professorship ceremony honors CBE’s Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been officially recognized as Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor in a medallion ceremony on the Iowa State University campus.

CoMFRE graduate student earns prestigious DoD SMART Scholarship

Justin Lajoie, a mechanical engineering graduate student working with Travis Sipple in multiphase flows, has received the Department of Defense, Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The scholarship fully funds his education and allows him to focus on his research.