College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids

A “macrogrid” that increases the electricity moving between America’s Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to research papers published this summer and fall by the Interconnections Seam Study. An Iowa State research team developed computer models for the study.

Iowa State, Illinois cybersecurity experts working to protect region’s infrastructure

Cybersecurity experts from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to build a coalition that will train and educate a workforce capable of defending critical infrastructure, including energy providers, from computer attacks. A two-year, $2 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a part of the National Security Agency, will support the project.

Gift establishes the Vikram L. Dalal Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Iowa State University Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Vikram Dalal, along with his former students and several corporations, have provided a gift to establish the Vikram L. Dalal Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State. The professorship honors Dalal, who has been with the ISU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) since 1988.

Iowa State Daily: CyIO to host a Cybersecurity Fair to educate the Iowa State community on the importance of cybersecurity

Iowa State’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation & Outreach, in collaboration with IT Services, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Fair on Friday as a part of CyIO Week. The event will feature Cyber Security related student clubs and demonstrations to educate the campus on the importance of Cybersecurity.

Laser Technology Inc. shearography camera donation advances CNDE capabilities

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) has donated a LTI-2100 Digital Shearography Camera and its accessories to Iowa State University’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE).

The gift will expand CNDE’s research and education capabilities into shearography, a laser interferometric imaging NDE technique for detecting and measuring a range of defects on metallic and composite materials.

Honoring excellence: 2021 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions, and new patents

Recognizing College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, new named faculty positions, and patents received.

New light-controlled nanoprinting for new meta-surfaces

Jaeyoun Kim, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and In-Ho Cho, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, have received a new $525,000 award from the National Science Foundation to develop single-step, rapidly reconfigurable grayscale nanoprinting by light-controlled nanocapillary effect.

Women in Cyclone Engineering: Anwesha Sarkar

Today (and every day) we celebrate women Cyclone Engineers like Anwesha Sarkar, an adjunct assistant professor for electrical and computer engineering, who works in the Nanovaccine Institute. She has been with the university since fall 2020 as faculty, specializing in bioengineering.

Iowa State part of U.S. National Science Foundation newly established artificial intelligence research institute on cyberinfrastructure

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the establishment of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, building on the first round of seven institutes funded in 2020. The combined investment of $220 million expands the reach of those institutes to include a total of 40 states and the District of Columbia. One of the 11 institutes, called the AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE), is led by The Ohio State University, with Iowa State Professor Hongwei Zhang of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering leading the edge wireless component of that project.

CNDE graduate research assistant Katelyn Brinker receives Grand Apex Award for outstanding communications

Katelyn Brinker, graduate research assistant with the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) and co-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Public Relations and Communications Committee, has been named a recipient of a Grand Apex Award.

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