College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen receive the ISU Foundation’s prestigious Campanile Award

The ISU Foundation’s Campanile Award was bestowed upon the Therkildsens for their extraordinary, long-time support and inspiring impact on Iowa State University. In September, their $42 million lead gift for the new industrial engineering facility was the largest gift for an academic building in Iowa State University history.

Cyclone engineering seniors receive first place in pitch off competition for automated medicinal sprayer product

The sixth annual Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship college-by-college pitch off was just completed this month – with Belling and Meyer placing first in the “New Idea” category, receiving a $5,000 award. The students participating in the pitch-off have to go through several rounds for the potential to win, and pitch their idea in 90 seconds to panels of judges.

Educating future industrial engineering innovators

“Working as an undergrad research assistant taught me to think differently, and I learned how we can design efficient systems to better conserve our resources – because I believe Cyclone Engineers have the talent and responsibility to create a better world for future generations.”

Award-winning INFORMS chapter celebrates diversity through food

When Zhuoyi Zhao, a graduate student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Student Chapter realized that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) set out to celebrate STEM – they decided food was a great way to highlight diversity.

Exploring how analytics can help farmers and policymakers achieve financial and environmental sustainability

In their analysis and case study for corn production, professor and C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen IMSE Department Chair, Sarah Ryan, and recent PH.D. graduate, Görkem Emirhüseyinoğlu, discuss how climate uncertainties and global market volatility can impact annual farm management decisions.

Industrial engineering student, Sarah Ng, wins seed money to turn ideas into actions and solutions

With help from the donor-supported Student Innovation Fund, Sarah and her partner, Phillip Gorni, will use their seed funding to acquire the technical support to develop a “minimum viable product” – essentially, an early prototype. They’ll present their progress at next year’s challenge, which could result in more support.