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CyberSafety During COVID-19 & Working From Home

University Professor Doug Jacobson offers insight and tips on what to be looking for, and how to avoid potentially costly and potentially dangerous mishaps online.

Engineering urban sustainability

A new $2.5 million grant will help an interdisciplinary team of researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. Cyclone Engineers lend expertise to a team that will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area – and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts.

From engineering consultant to doctor

Former industrial engineering department chair Joseph Walkup used to say “engineers can do anything.” For one department alumnus, that “anything” involves practicing medicine. Michael Baker grew up on a farm in State Center, Iowa, roughly 30 miles east of Ames. Despite working around the farm as a kid, he knew that a career in agriculture …Continue reading “From engineering consultant to doctor”

IE team receives honorable mention in international contest

Congrats to IE students Haley Beving, Jakob Pyburn, Albert Samuel and Robert Quiles-Fernan who received honorable mention in Simio’s December 2019 Student Simulation contest, meaning they placed in the top 8 out of nearly 300 teams. The Iowa State team was tasked with using the Simio simulation software to improve operations at a fictional regional …Continue reading “IE team receives honorable mention in international contest”

From engineering to business to law, Chris Proskey has experience in it all

An undergraduate degree in industrial engineering (IE) can lead to a career in many fields. For one Iowa State University alumnus, that field happens to be patent and intellectual property law. “IE seemed like the toughest degree to get and I’m always attracted to a challenge,” Chris Proskey thought when he was deciding on his …Continue reading “From engineering to business to law, Chris Proskey has experience in it all”

Pulling an all-nighter for the kids

Staying up all night is a rite of passage for many college students, particularly around exam time, but one group of Iowa State University students recently pulled an “all-nighter” for a cause greater than their studies. Students in the ISU philanthropic organization Up ‘til Dawn (UtD) hosted an end of the year fundraiser that supports …Continue reading “Pulling an all-nighter for the kids”

NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school

“Being an athlete you have to be disciplined. You can’t be successful without being disciplined.” As a NCAA champion in cross-country, Edwin Kurgat knows about the level of discipline required to reach goals. He also applies this same level of discipline to his study habits as an industrial engineering student. Growing up in Eldoret, Kenya, …Continue reading “NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Michael Peterson

Michael Peterson Major: Industrial engineering GPA: 3.87 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Career goal: To assume an executive position with Procter & Gamble and become an expert in multiple areas of the business.  Clubs/activities: Engineering Career Fair executive team, Engineer’s Week committee member, FarmHouse Fraternity, ISU Sports Analytics Club Awards/honors: 2019 Most Innovative Project Award (Boeing’sIndustrial …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Michael Peterson”

Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering

Improving food systems in Iowa requires a lot more than just a knowledge of agriculture. Anuj Mittal, Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (IE) at Iowa State University, has been part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study which will allow food hubs in Iowa to share supply chain best practices among each other and …Continue reading “Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering”

Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Researchers at Iowa State University are using their expertise to create a system that will provide students, teachers, police officers and others with accurate, real-time information in the event of an active shooter situation in a school. Soumik Sarkar, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is serving as the Primary Investigator (PI) at the Iowa State …Continue reading “Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools”