Category: Factor Analysis

A white football helmet with the I-State athletic logo in red and yellow on the side

Cyclone Shields

With the start of the college football season upon us, we hear from two #CycloneEngineers who collaborated with equipment managers for Iowa State University to create an inexpensive way to modify the team’s helmets to be functional for the players, while also reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. The “Cyclone Shield” has made Iowa State’s … Continue reading Cyclone Shields

A large facility with white partitions dividing it into individual care spaces.

An Emergency Response

McCormick Place in Cook County, Illinois, is being transformed from a massive convention center to an alternative care facility for treating low acute COVID-19 patients. Meet the #CycloneEngineer who is part of the team.

Image of corn connected to electronic sensors at Iowa State's Plant Sciences Institute.

A Fitbit for Plants

We all wear or know someone who wears a fitness tracker, or an activity monitor. But what sort of impact could be made on food security if we had a tracker for our plants’ health?

A map displays existing high voltage power transmission lines in the US

Coming Together at the Seams

Transporting generated electricity is much more efficient than transporting fuel stock, but it cannot yet happen from coast to coast. In this episode of Factor Analysis, we talk to Dr. James McCalley, London Professor of Power Systems Engineering to find out why, what it would take, and what Iowa State’s role is in the process.

A group shot of mentoring program participants at a park shelter.

An Adventure in Confidence

Take a look inside Iowa State’s mentoring program designed to provide professional development for international students and build community between international and domestic graduate students.

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.