Category: Factor Analysis

Edwin Kurgan runs in the 2019 Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC Invitational.

Discipline for Success

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.

Spanning then and now

You may have ridden across it. You’ve probably seen photos of it. Hear how one engineering alum played a role in one of Iowa’s most beloved and popular trails.

Zack Saeed of Ullo, Ghana participated in a video and audio interview as part of his visit to the Iowa State campus

A visit from Ullo

After several years of sending #CycloneEngineers to Ullo, Zack Saeed of Ullo has finally been able to visit Iowa State. In this special edition of Factor Analysis, Michelle Friedman of Iowa State’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders sits down with Zack to discuss his impressions of Iowa State, and the impact our students have had on his community.

From blue roofs to rebuilds: why communities can (or cannot) construct after catastrophes

A hurricane hits. You survive the storm, but your house doesn’t. And to complicate matters, you don’t have the documentation to prove the house was actually yours to begin with. What do you do? Construction engineering doctoral student Jess Talbot recently traveled to Puerto Rico, a country still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria back in 2017. Along with her mentor, Assistant Professor Cristina Poleacovschi, Jess studied how communities are … or are not … able to reconstruct after a catastrophic event.

Doug Jacobsen teaching

Your Digital Footprint

Digging into the Netflix Original Documentary “The Great Hack” with Iowa State University’s Cyber Security expert Doug Jacobson.

Washington conducts field work while attending Iowa State in 2013. Photos courtesy Washington.

Corporate Cannabis Cultivation

Maurice Washington spends his days analyzing the environmental impact of legal marijuana cultivation in the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S. He recently talked with us about the new challenges, how they’re really old challenges, and how they allow better control of California’s watershed.

Flooding Impact On Agricultural Systems

Matt Helmers, Iowa Nutrient Research Center Director and Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering talks about this spring’s flooding in the midwest, and the effect it will have on agriculture in the state of Iowa. Resources mentioned in Ep E104:

Engineers Without Borders

Iowa State Mechanical Engineering senior Clare Lanaghan tells us about the ISU chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and the project they recently completed in Ullo, Ghana.

Flooding Impact on Levee System

Today we talk with Cassandra Rutherford, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering about Iowa’s infrastructure crisis in their levee system, and how this spring’s flooding will further impact our levees.