College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

From grocery store cashier to department chair: Chris Cornelius shares his journey

All Chris Cornelius ever wanted to be was a grocery store produce manager. When he was younger, he never dreamed of being where he is today. Now, he is the department chair of Iowa State University‘s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more …Continue reading “Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves”

College of Engineering appoints Connie Hargrave first associate dean for equity and engagement

Connie Hargrave has been named the first associate dean for equity and engagement in the Iowa State University College of Engineering.

Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

It took a pandemic and the inability to do on-campus visits that led one mechanical engineering student to decide he wanted to stay a little closer to home for graduate school. Antonio Alvarez-Valdivia originally wanted to leave the Midwest for graduate school when he completed his B.S. in mechanical engineering (ME) later this spring. However, …Continue reading “Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process”

Creativity, not perfection: Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh solves cutting edge tech challenges at Google

Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh (PhD ’13 Computer Engr) works on the cutting edge of technology – as a machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist at Google with some of Google’s Cloud’s biggest customers namely Twitter, Uber, Apple and PayPal. 

ASEE awards Iowa State University College of Engineering its highest diversity program recognition

The Iowa State University College of Engineering has received the highest honor possible from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for its commitment to diversity and places the college among the nation’s leaders in inclusive excellence.

Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy. The CyBot platform is an embedded …Continue reading “Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19”

MSE honors three with departmental Research Excellence Awards

Three graduate students and recent graduates in the Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) have received departmental MSE Research Excellence Awards: Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, Emily Olson and Pratyasha Mohapatra. Trishelle Copeland-Johnson Copeland-Johnson, who recently received her Ph.D. from Iowa State in the fall 2020 semester, worked with MSE Professor Nicola Bowler. “My …Continue reading “MSE honors three with departmental Research Excellence Awards”

Kristen Constant named AAAS Fellow

Kristen Constant, Iowa State’s vice president and chief information officer, a Morrill Professor, the Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering and former chair of materials science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

ISU EPRC assists with development of solar power crate to transform disaster response

In times of natural disaster or emergency, the Iowa Army National Guard strives to maintain a rapid response time. In such times, access to flexible, mobile power sources is crucial. In order to provide this power, the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University has received a $172,000 grant from the Iowa Economic …Continue reading “ISU EPRC assists with development of solar power crate to transform disaster response”

APEX-E still gives incoming students opportunity to connect through virtual programs

Paiton Pumroy, incoming freshman, checks a Facebook group chat. A prompt is waiting for her in the APEX-E group, connecting her with dozens of other students, professors and mentors within the program.  A prompt such as sharing your favorite food along with the recipe, or what look you decided to go with today, whether it …Continue reading “APEX-E still gives incoming students opportunity to connect through virtual programs”

Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students

As a collegian, Tina Akinyi remembers often being the only student of color in her classes and the sense of isolation she felt because of it. Now in her professional capacity, she hopes to remove that sense of isolation for future students by bringing more people of color and other disenfranchised students into higher education. …Continue reading “Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students”

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