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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

IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing

John B. Slater, a 1943 graduate of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program, has endowed two facility positions, both of which have an emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. Matt Frank, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), will hold the John B. Slater Professorship in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, while Jo Min, associate professor of … Continue reading IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing

John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

John Billings Slater was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 10, 1921. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1938 and the following year graduated from Lane Tech High School. He then made the more than 300-mile trek west to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State College (as it was then called). As a … Continue reading John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

Juggling batons, engineering, sorority life and more

Imagine having roughly 120,000 eyes on you as you perform during halftime at a football game. This is almost a weekly occurrence for industrial engineering sophomore Alexis Ashton during the fall. Ashton is one of the Feature Twirlers for the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, which performs at all Cyclone home football … Continue reading Juggling batons, engineering, sorority life and more

Engineers contribute to project aimed at improving protective clothing systems for firefighters and first responders

Firefighters and first responders need effective personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides the right combination of functionality, protection and comfort. A project led by a team of Iowa State University researchers aims to develop fundamental knowledge and tools for the next generation of high performance PPE. Guowen Song, Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and … Continue reading Engineers contribute to project aimed at improving protective clothing systems for firefighters and first responders

Childhood love of video games leads to professional passion for virtual reality

Growing up, Brandon Jorgensen had no idea that his love for video games would one day lead to a professional interest in the field of virtual reality (VR). Today he owns a VR company. Jorgensen grew up in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, (just east of Des Moines) and graduated from Southeast Polk High School. After high … Continue reading Childhood love of video games leads to professional passion for virtual reality

IE student balances her time between the classroom and the stage

Strong connections link engineering with the performing arts, according to one industrial engineering student. Emily Oldham, a junior pursuing a double degree in industrial engineering and the performing arts, grew up in Rochester, Minnesota, and was involved with the performance side of both dance and theater in elementary and middle school. In high school she … Continue reading IE student balances her time between the classroom and the stage