A look at Engineers’ Week 2017

The annual celebration offers students leadership positions, volunteer opportunities and a variety of fun activities   February 19-24 will be a week of networking, entertainment and outreach for the College of Engineering, and for a group of engineering students, it will be the culmination of hours of planning and hard work. Engineers’ Week is an [Continue Reading…]

Forever True, For Iowa State

Ryan Harms, the College of Engineering’s executive director of development, talks about Iowa State University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign and what it means for the college’s students, faculty and staff. Making a difference at Iowa State means making a difference in the world. Our students, faculty and staff are committed to solving daunting challenges that will [Continue Reading…]

From the dean: Marston Hall officially comes back to life!

With its majestic limestone facade and grand rotunda, Marston Hall has long symbolized the distinguished reputation of our world-class engineering college. This iconic building reflects our proud history and role in educating future generations of engineers. So it was an honor for me to help officially re-dedicate Marston Hall last month after a two-year renovation [Continue Reading…]

Experiential learning makes an impact

College is all about learning, and there’s no better way to test that knowledge than through hands-on experience. Students across the College of Engineering know experiential learning, such as internships or co-ops, is a great way to apply their coursework and prepare them for their future careers. One way students find out about such opportunities is through [Continue Reading…]

A new year, a new adventure!

The College of Engineering’s newly appointed associate dean for academic affairs Sriram Sundararajan shares his adventure at Iowa State and why he has so much to look forward to in his new role.  As the new academic year gets underway, I wanted to extend a welcome (back!) to all of our students, faculty and staff. I hope you all [Continue Reading…]

Uncovering a century of memories in Marston Hall

Kerry Dixon, project manager with facilities planning and management, reflects on the undertaking of renovating Marston Hall as the project is nearly complete.  As a facilities project manager at Iowa State University, I am fortunate to work on some really great jobs – new construction, building additions, major remodels and renovations of older structures. When I was assigned [Continue Reading…]

Knowledge on Tap – Uniting Iowa State University and the Ames community

About the author: Allison Cargill is currently a mechanical engineering graduate student at Iowa State University working on biosensor development. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Allison moved to Ames in 2014 for graduate school and is a third generation Iowa State engineer.  What comes to mind when [Continue Reading…]

Shifting perspective, increasing diversity

It’s no secret – there is a need to engage underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We need diversity of thought and different ways of thinking as we work on solving important, multifaceted problems. When know that adding more ideas as we begin exploring these sorts of problems means everyone is not going to [Continue Reading…]

Contributions to the discovery of gravitational waves come in all sizes

Norio Nakagawa is scientist II for the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and an adjunct professor of aerospace engineering at Iowa State University. In this post, he talks about the global effort involved in the recent discovery of gravitational waves and shares his experience with a related project. Disclaimer to start with: This ISU researcher did [Continue Reading…]

Reflecting on the ISU Day at the Capitol

By Jim Heise, senior lecturer for the Department of Mechanical Engineering Every year, ISU spends a day at our state capitol giving legislators, state employees and visitors the opportunity to see all the great things we do at Iowa State University. I was happy bring along some of my best and most enthusiastic students from the ISU [Continue Reading…]

CIRAS’ metal printer— Pointing the way to new methods for making stuff

By Jeff Eckhoff, communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. The future of modern manufacturing is now being built in the basement of ISU’s Sukup Hall – one 40-micron-thick layer at a time. Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has been up and running for roughly a month now [Continue Reading…]

Dean’s Blog guest post: Why Project Lead the Way makes a difference

Susan Lyons has been teaching middle school and high school for 15 years. She works for Pella Community Schools and is a master teacher for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program that introduces middle and high school students to STEM curriculum and hands-on experiences. Iowa State University College of Engineering Community Outreach serves in leadership with Iowa PLTW as the affiliate partner. Throughout Lyons’ career, she has looked for ways to engage students in STEM lessons, and she says PLTW is a great way to do just that.