Dean’s Blog guest post: A course in engineering for future educators

The Toying With TechnologySM (TWT) Program in the College of Engineering at ISU brings engineering education to future K-12 teachers. Larry Genalo (University Professor, Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, and associate chair in the MSE Department) shares some history on the program and future plans for TWT.  Recently, the State of Iowa … Continue reading Dean’s Blog guest post: A course in engineering for future educators

Keren and Anderson discuss ISS simulator

Guest post: A voyage to space and beyond

Last year, Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center launched a virtual simulation of the International Space Station (ISS) and its use in testing how humans make decisions in stressful situations. The research team has since developed an exterior ISS simulator used to explore activities done outside a spacecraft, such as spacewalks, and recently released a … Continue reading Guest post: A voyage to space and beyond

Guest post: Living and working in Nicaragua

This post originally appeared on the EOS International blog. It’s written by Gloria Starns, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. Starns has been to Nicaragua the past two summers with the non-profit Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS). EOS was founded by ISU engineering alumni and is dedicated to providing sustainable technology to help generate income and … Continue reading Guest post: Living and working in Nicaragua

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