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CCEE Alum and Hubbell Realty CEO Rick Tollakson Drives New Wellness Center for Easterseals Iowa

Tollakson, CEO of Hubbell Realty and 1976 Iowa State University Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering alum, just celebrated his extreme build of the ‘Rick Tollakson Wellness Center,’ a building located in the Easterseals Camp Sunnyside to provide crisis stabilization and outpatient therapy to individuals with brain injuries and/or developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Chemical and Biological Engineering alum, major department supporter “Barney” Baxter passes away

One of the most ardent supporters of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), Reginald R. “Barney” Baxter, has passed away.

Antique Tractor Club Restores 1952 Tractor to be Donated to Community in Mexico

From restoring engines that have spent hours underwater to replacing badly damaged wiring, the Iowa State University Antique Tractor Club, housed in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), dedicates days, nights and hours to bringing antique, worn down tractors back to life.

Building for the Future

Thanks to a $42 million gift commitment from C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen, the department will have a new facility that will serve as its home and provide technically enhanced research laboratory and learning spaces where industrial engineering students can gain the knowledge to design tomorrow’s innovative, nimble and intelligent processes needed now more than ever across all industrial sectors.

Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Zengyi Shao has been named the inaugural Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow. The endowed faculty fellowship has been made possible by a gift from the estate of Vernon Guse (B.S. chemical engineering, 1934). Shao will use support from the fellowship to help bolster her research team’s work in …Continue reading “Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao”

New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been named the inaugural Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor. The professorship has been made possible by a generous gift from Iowa State College of Engineering alumni couple Mary Jane and Randy Hagenson. Cochran, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from …Continue reading “New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran”

From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Growing up, John Lawson thought he would eventually take over the family grocery store. However, his father inspired him to pursue a different career path. In his youth, Lawson spent many hours working for his family’s downtown Moline, Illinois, grocery store, and fondly remembers delivering groceries to customers’ homes. He figured he would eventually become …Continue reading “From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere”

4 questions with Cyclone Engineer Mette Lundsgaard

Mette Lundsgaard (’81 elec engr) retired as an engineering manager at 3M and is now an active supporter of Iowa State University’s Women and Philanthropy Workshop and Iowa State’s Women in Science and Engineering and Engineers Without Borders.   What was your experience like at Iowa State? My experience at ISU was fun and enriching. …Continue reading “4 questions with Cyclone Engineer Mette Lundsgaard”

ISU Foundation Presents 2019 Emerging Philanthropist Award to David and Christine Slump

David and Christine Slump of Weston, Connecticut, have been awarded the 2019 Order of the Knoll Emerging Philanthropist Award. This award recognizes individuals or couples who have provided philanthropic support and creative leadership to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State University through the advancement of philanthropy.

New ME scholarship named for longtime faculty member

The Judith M. Vance Scholarship was established earlier this semester to honor ME alum and longtime faculty member Judy M. Vance. She holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. Vance, who is currently the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Professor of Engineering and a Faculty Fellow of …Continue reading “New ME scholarship named for longtime faculty member”

CIRAS to partner with Alliant Energy, open new digital manufacturing lab

Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Alliant Energy that will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. With Alliant Energy’s support, CIRAS this summer will open a new laboratory in the ISU Research Park to help Iowa companies experiment with new manufacturing technologies. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa businesses about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.

Get involved in hands-on engineering learning and service projects with FundISU

FundISU is a new way for Cyclone Engineering alumni and friends to support the innovative work and research being done at Iowa State University. Nearly four years ago the Iowa State University Foundation implemented FundISU – a crowdfunding platform helps Iowa State University community members raise money to support projects that advance innovation, teaching and learning at the university and promote Iowa State’s mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

2019 Engineers’ Week Student Organization Honors Announced

With Engineers’ Week beginning Saturday, the winners for this years outstanding student organizations have been announced and will be recognized at the 2019 Engineers’ Week Award Banquet on February 22.   Winners:  K-12 Outreach award: Cardinal Space Mining Community Service Award: Associated General Contractors (AGC)  Newcomer of the Year Award: GNU/Linux Club  Outstanding Achievement Award: CyRoc  …Continue reading “2019 Engineers’ Week Student Organization Honors Announced”

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