Engineering Dean, Sarah Rajala

How do you create a hanging sculpture that represents the field of engineering to hang in the new Marston Hall atrium?

To be honest, we need help answering this question. Our Marston renovation art committee has retained famed artist Norie Sato to create an artistic piece representative of engineering from various perspectives. This project is of special interest to me, and I thought it was important to get input from our alums, faculty, staff and friends. … Continue reading How do you create a hanging sculpture that represents the field of engineering to hang in the new Marston Hall atrium?

Erika Vaassen

Guest post: Creating positive change through engineering and leadership

“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” – Brené Brown Before I even officially chose Iowa State, I was approached by a learning community called Women in Science and Engineering. After hearing more about the program on my campus visit, I quickly made my decision and then … Continue reading Guest post: Creating positive change through engineering and leadership

Reflections from the dean on another successful academic year

One of the great satisfactions for college deans is seeing their students awarded diplomas on graduation day. The Iowa State commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9 were as exciting for me as they were for our students and their families. Another group of future engineering leaders will move on to their successful careers or … Continue reading Reflections from the dean on another successful academic year

Guest post: Flipping?

Tom Brumm is the professor-in-charge of Engineering-LAS Online Learning. In this post, he talks about a different way of teaching coursework called flipping.  Good teaching can take many forms. There are many ways to promote student learning and not one method is appropriate nor effective for all situations. Let me share with you a method of teaching that … Continue reading Guest post: Flipping?

Guest post: From a freshman looking for an internship to a recruiter hiring Cyclone Engineers

Sheela Halbur (BSME ’04) is a senior engineer at Caterpillar. She was recently back on campus as a recruiter for her company at the Engineering Career Fair and took a few minutes to reflect on the value the event offers to both students and recruiters. I always look forward to recruiting trips back to Ames, … Continue reading Guest post: From a freshman looking for an internship to a recruiter hiring Cyclone Engineers

Jeff Eckhoff

Guest post: So, what is CIRAS?

Jeff Eckhoff is communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. He spent 21 years as a newspaper journalist at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Des Moines Register before joining CIRAS at the end of 2013. In this guest blog post, he talks about the economic value CIRAS provides … Continue reading Guest post: So, what is CIRAS?

David Slump

Guest post: Disruptive technologies … implications on education

David Slump (BSEE’91) is executive vice president and president of automotive services for HARMAN. In this guest blog post, he talks about ways educational programs can provide students with the skills they need to navigate the world of ever-changing technology.   Since 1965, we have continued to see Moore’s Law actualized well beyond semi-conductors, impacting … Continue reading Guest post: Disruptive technologies … implications on education

Ribbon cutting from the ISU dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall

Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

On September 25, a special event took place on the Iowa State campus – the official dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for our Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). The new facilities provide 100,000+ square feet of research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices – providing a state-of-the-art learning … Continue reading Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

Sarah Rajala

Gearing up for a new academic year, and reflections on last year

Summer seemed to quickly pass by as it does every year. I hope everyone was able to enjoy some relaxation and fun. Many of us in the College of Engineering spent July and August moving out of Marston Hall in preparation for the start of the major renovation project. We have relocated to different buildings … Continue reading Gearing up for a new academic year, and reflections on last year

Guest post: The best way to spend the summer

Camille Sloan Schroeder, who oversees K-12 community outreach for Iowa State’s College of Engineering, talks about the enjoyment of providing kids and teachers with a summer full of creativity, learning and fun.  How was your summer? In Engineering Community Outreach we have a simple, one-word answer that sums it all up: Busy. While the K-12 schools are out of … Continue reading Guest post: The best way to spend the summer

Guest post: A new home for ABE

Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department … Continue reading Guest post: A new home for ABE

CG 'Turk' Therkildsen

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

C G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can … Continue reading Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

Sarah Rajala

You couldn’t ask for a more exciting time in the College of Engineering!

A little more than one year ago – April 1, 2013, to be exact – I arrived at Iowa State to begin my position as dean of the college. I have experienced wonderful opportunities and shared many of those moments with you. One thing I know for sure – there is continuous excitement and momentum … Continue reading You couldn’t ask for a more exciting time in the College of Engineering!