College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering

Improving food systems in Iowa requires a lot more than just a knowledge of agriculture. Anuj Mittal, Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (IE) at Iowa State University, has been part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study which will allow food hubs in Iowa to share supply chain best practices among each other and …Continue reading “Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering”

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 faculty 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”

Inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers

After being singled out as the only girl in an electricity class her first year of high school, Erin Mitchell swore she would never pursue a career in the STEM field. Now, a decade later, she works as an industrial engineer for Collins Aerospace in Melbourne, Florida. Mitchell, an alumna of Iowa State University’s industrial …Continue reading “Inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers”

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”

Certified green: Company co-founded by industrial engineering alum receives LEED Zero certification

Entrepreneur and engineer Chris Ladner (’88 indust engr) is typically focused on business growth – big numbers in marketing, sales and customer satisfaction. But recently, Ladner made news by leading his business, Entegrity, to a rare and sought after zero. 

IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM

Strong mentors can have a lifelong impact and one industrial engineering student knows that well. Dagney Paskach grew up in Ames and has been surrounded by STEM influences for as long as she remembers. Her father, Thomas Paskach, graduated with his Ph.D. and B.S in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and currently serves as …Continue reading “IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM”

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”

Former IMSE department chair returns to campus for lecture

Even though the university’s homecoming events do not kick off until October 20, Way Kuo will be making a homecoming of his own earlier in the month. Kuo, who currently serves as president and university distinguished professor at the City University of Hong Kong, will return to Iowa State University on October 2 to present …Continue reading “Former IMSE department chair returns to campus for lecture”

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”

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