College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ECpE’s Duwe receives 2022 NSF CAREER Award

Henry Duwe, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (EcpE), has been selected for a 2022 National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award for his project “Toward Dependable Intelligent Computing on Batteryless Intermittent Devices.”

Board of Regents Approves new Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation at Iowa State University

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa has approved formation of the new Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation (WiCI) at Iowa State University. The mission of the WiCI Center is to advance the frontier of wireless and applications as well as the platforms and practice of research, education, innovation and community empowerment.

Former dean of engineering Sarah Rajala elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Sarah A. Rajala, former dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional recognitions in engineering. Rajala is being honored for “innovations in engineering education: outcomes assessment, greater participation and retention of women in engineering, and an enhanced global community.”

Apply now for Spaceflight Operations Workshop™! Do you have what it takes?

If “What I Did This Summer” essays were still a thing in school, the Department of Aerospace Engineering Spaceflight Operations Workshop would offer some great inspiration.

And while those selected for this year’s edition may or may not be writing essays about it later, it will give them something even more valuable: a new way of looking at the world and handling challenges – from an “operational” standpoint.

The application period for the two-week experience, set for August 2-14, 2022, is now open. As always, it will depart from the typical college classroom experience, to engage students in hands-on activities to learn planning, execution, and teamwork while transforming their thought processes to be more operationally centered.

Zhaoyu Wang featured by ISU Foundation for advancing Iowa State as a world leader

Zhaoyu Wang, a former Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor and currently the Northrop Grumman Associate Professor in electrical and computer engineering, knows America’s aging power grids are not prepared for the peril posed by climate change and cyberattacks. It’s one of America’s most pressing energy and infrastructure issues, for which Wang is seeking solutions through Department of Energy-funded research on microgrids.

CCEE’s In-Ho Cho and ECpE researchers receive U.S. Patent for Microsoft Robotic Device Gentle Enough to Lift Human Egg

CCEE professor In-Ho Cho has just been issued a United States Patent in collaboration with ISU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) for a multidisciplinary, microsoft robotic device controlled through air.

NASA Space Act Agreement expands NDE capabilities in high-frequency microwave/millimeter wave testing

Iowa State University’s microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive evaluation laboratory, directed by Reza Zoughi at Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE), will expand its capabilities through a new partnership with NASA.

Through a Space Act Agreement (SAA), NASA Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) will loan a microwave/millimeter wave performance network analyzer that makes possible measurements up to 325 GHz, significantly improving this laboratory’s range of high-frequency testing capabilities.

Two PIRI awards grant $900k to support translational artificial intelligence and foster rural innovation

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research has announced two winning teams for the 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI), distributing a total of $900,000 in institutional funding to support two of the largest collaborative initiatives in award history. For the 2021 award cycle, two teams led by associate professor of mechanical engineering Soumik Sarkar, and professor of electrical and computer engineering Hongwei Zhang and professor of architecture Kimberly Zarecor, were each recently selected to receive $450,000 in PIRI funding over the next three years.

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.

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