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IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away

Robert “Bob” Walkup, an alum of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program who had a long and successful career in various sectors, passed away on March 12th at the age of 84. Prior to his death he was diagnosed with a rare genetic form of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as reported by tucson.com. Bob was born …Continue reading “IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away”

A legacy left by late IE alum Linda Schmidt

Industrial engineering alum Linda Schmidt passed away earlier this month at the age of 62. Schmidt served on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland at the time of her passing. She held a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in …Continue reading “A legacy left by late IE alum Linda Schmidt”

Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

Researchers at Iowa State University are combining their industrial engineering and data analytics knowledge with the medical expertise of researchers at the University of Iowa for a project that could understand the progression of HIV and eventually improve treatment of the virus. Hillel Haim, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, …Continue reading “Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus”

Iowa roots shaped late alum’s career

Though much of Francis B. Francois’ career took place outside of Iowa, it seems that the general engineering graduate never forgot about his Iowa roots. Francois was born in 1934 and grew up on a farm in Barnum, Iowa. He chose to attend Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), which was about 75 …Continue reading “Iowa roots shaped late alum’s career”

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever …Continue reading “From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida”

Research project simulates weather conditions for pilots in training

Navigating realistic weather conditions during the pilot training process could became easier because of an Iowa State University research project involving augmented reality (AR). Michael Dorneich, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Eliot Winer, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC), are leading the Iowa State …Continue reading “Research project simulates weather conditions for pilots in training”

IE course challenges students to consider COVID-19 when modeling and simulating

I E 413: Stochastic Modeling, Analysis and Simulation had a new twist this semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I E 413 is part of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) department’s operations research curriculum and the course focuses on modeling uncertainty, covering the basic concepts of stochastic processes, queueing theory and discrete-event simulation. …Continue reading “IE course challenges students to consider COVID-19 when modeling and simulating”

Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design

A team of Iowa State University industrial engineering students took first place in a national contest which showcased their ingenuity in the time of COVID-19. The Iowa State team bested the field in the Data Analytics and Information Systems division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Mobile/Web App Competition. The contest recognizes …Continue reading “Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design”

IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition

Industrial engineering (IE) graduate student Saba Moeinizade did not know what to expect when the student poster competition for the INFORMS annual meeting was made virtual. She certainly was not expecting a podium finish, so she was pleasantly surprised when the judges awarded second place to her entry. Her presentation – “A Simulation-based Optimization Approach …Continue reading “IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition”

IE student notches her 11th intramural championship

It’s been a busy year and a half for one industrial engineering student and she may not be done yet. Sharon Lau, a Ph.D. student in industrial engineering, recently won her 11th intramural championship as a student at Iowa State University. Lau, who first came to Iowa State in August 2017, now has four titles …Continue reading “IE student notches her 11th intramural championship”

Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers

A team of Cyclone Engineers are the recipients of a national award in part because of advancements they have made in the field of nondestructive evaluation, specifically in thermal imaging. Hantang Qin, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) at Iowa State University, is the lead on the project titled “Data fusion approaches …Continue reading “Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers”

IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge

A team of 14 faculty and staff members from Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) collectively logged enough miles to walk from Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado – and passing through five other national parks on the trip – during …Continue reading “IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge”

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and …Continue reading “An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset”

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