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It’s a CYstarters summer

Eight Cyclone Engineers are involved in the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CyStarters program this summer, pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. The engineering innovators, including undergraduates, grad students and recent graduates, will be completing an 11-week program consisting of skill development, mentorship, and funding, to build their innovative businesses. 

Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an …Continue reading “Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program”

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”

Engineer by day, brewer by night

When he’s not busy conducting research in the laboratories of the Bioeconomy Institute on the Iowa State University campus, Robert C. Brown might be found working in another lab he has inside his home. This one happens to be a brew lab. Brown, director of Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute, is among the roughly 1.2 …Continue reading “Engineer by day, brewer by night”

ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition

Cary L. Pint, Charles Schafer (Battelle) Chair of Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently honored for groundbreaking innovations. First, Pint and his team were designated as winners of a prestigious 2020 R & D 100 Award in the Mechanical/Materials category. This is a worldwide competition that highlights revolutionary technologies as judged …Continue reading “ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition”

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”

Inspired by Batman’s ingenuity, Cyclone brothers team up to start their own company

In “The Dark Knight” movie trilogy, Bruce Wayne (i.e. Batman without the mask) ventures into the Applied Sciences division of Wayne Enterprises. This is where he develops his unique, innovative tools for fighting crime in Gotham City. As major movie buffs and aspiring entrepreneurs, this served as the inspiration for the Jensen brothers when they …Continue reading “Inspired by Batman’s ingenuity, Cyclone brothers team up to start their own company”

Q&A with Cole Jensen

Cole Jensen graduated with his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2020 and now co-manages the company he and his brother founded, Jensen Applied Sciences. Why did you choose to attend ISU? I have always heard about Iowa State’s good engineering school and really liked the tour I went on, so I ‘Chose my Adventure’ at …Continue reading “Q&A with Cole Jensen”

Q&A with Dillon Jensen

Dillon Jensen in a student in computer science and he plans to complete his B.S. in Spring 2021. Along with his brother, he co-manages the company they founded, Jensen Applied Sciences. Why did you choose to attend ISU? Iowa State is a great school for engineering and STEM in general. I felt confident their computer …Continue reading “Q&A with Dillon Jensen”

Engineering takes alum’s career to Europe

Despite growing up in beautiful southern California, Brian Fleming chose to leave behind the sun and the beach when he came to college at Iowa State University. Fleming did not just pick Iowa State randomly, though. He is an Iowa State University legacy as both his parents, Joe and Therese Fleming, graduated from ISU in …Continue reading “Engineering takes alum’s career to Europe”

CYstarter summer: Three students launch startups in entrepreneurship accelerator program

Three Cyclone Engineering students are building new, innovative businesses this summer as members of the 2020 CYstarters cohort. CYstarters is an 11-week program giving Iowa State students with a passion for entrepreneurship the funding, skill development and mentorship to start their business while still in school.