Category: CoE Blog

Shaun VanWeelden

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Shaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat … Continue reading Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Cara Petrie and Katherine Krettek

Guest Post: Campus clubs act as support networks for students

Cara Petrie (pictured on the right) is a senior in chemical engineering and the current president of Society for Women Engineers. Katherine Krettek (pictured on the left) is a junior in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish and the president-elect for SWE.  Iowa State’s many campus clubs and organizations are great resources for students … Continue reading Guest Post: Campus clubs act as support networks for students

Sarah Rajala

Marston Hall renovation: Moving forward while preserving the past

Marston Hall has served as the home of our College of Engineering for more than a century. With its majestic limestone facade and grand rotunda, Marston Hall has long symbolized the distinguished reputation of our world-class college. When I arrived at Iowa State just about one year ago, I quickly learned the history of my … Continue reading Marston Hall renovation: Moving forward while preserving the past

Guest Post: Participating in student organizations goes beyond campus activities

Christian Miller is a junior in biological systems engineering. He is currently the president of the National Society of Black Engineers—Iowa State University chapter and was recently named Most Outstanding President in Region 5 for the 2013-2014 school year. He talks about his experience at the organization’s regional conference and the group’s recent successes. On … Continue reading Guest Post: Participating in student organizations goes beyond campus activities

Sarah Rajala

Industry is a vital audience for our college – why does it matter?

The College of Engineering has many audiences – groups of people to whom we target various types of information, stay connected, receive feedback and collaborate. Examples include prospective students, current students, parents, alumni, donors, staff, faculty and industry. Each of these audiences play a vital role in the success of our college. We just held … Continue reading Industry is a vital audience for our college – why does it matter?

Brian Larson

Guest Post: Engineering Career Fair continues delivering valuable experiences for students, employers

A priority for Engineering Career Services is to help our students and alumni connect with employers. The great reputation of the College of Engineering and the college recruiting process brings more than 400 employers to campus each year. These employers seek to identify individuals with skillsets and interests that match their engineering talent needs. One … Continue reading Guest Post: Engineering Career Fair continues delivering valuable experiences for students, employers

Guest post: Orientation sets new students up for success, helps transition to college

Orientation is an exciting time on campus—new students are thrilled to be here, and their energy is contagious. The overall experience of orientation has changed since I was a student in college. We had to register for classes in person with a pencil and note card and stand in line to sign up. Then, if … Continue reading Guest post: Orientation sets new students up for success, helps transition to college

Mirka, Gary

Guest post: Two new engineering programs accredited, 10 reaccredited

Part of continually improving the educational opportunities offered by the College of Engineering is to have an external review of our degree programs. This review, performed by ABET, gives us insight into the quality of our programs that we can use as a benchmark moving forward. In preparation for this process, a number of faculty … Continue reading Guest post: Two new engineering programs accredited, 10 reaccredited

Katie Goebel

Guest post: Team LunaCY’s recipe for success: Dedication and fun

Guest post by Katie Goebel, project director for Iowa State’s Team LunaCY It’s always worth the drive. Twenty some hours in one of two vans full of goofy college kids and an even goofier adviser on a trip to Florida already sounds like the beginning to an interesting story. The story gets even better when one … Continue reading Guest post: Team LunaCY’s recipe for success: Dedication and fun

Sarah Rajala

Ten weeks and counting

The last time I shared thoughts in this blog I had just started in my position as dean of the College of Engineering. I’d like to thank everyone who made comments and sent emails after my first post. I think open and ongoing communication is essential to good leadership – I plan on sharing information … Continue reading Ten weeks and counting

On to the next stage

Guest post by Austin Laugen, graduating senior in computer engineering My time at Iowa State is coming to a close, and I’ll soon be walking across the stage at graduation and entering the “real world.” There will be no more homework, no more icy walks to class, and no more late night meetings (or at least … Continue reading On to the next stage