College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Chowdhury, Kozminsky, Wang join CBE faculty in fall semester

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes three new faculty members: Ratul Chowdhury, Molly Kozminsky and Jing Wang, who are beginning their appointments in the fall 2022 semester. All will be tenure-track assistant professors.

New AerE faculty member Sidharth GS brings strong computational fluids background

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) welcomes new faculty member Sidharth GS, who has joined the department as an assistant professor officially starting fall semester 2022.

NASA selects three ISU researchers for EPSCoR funding

Department of Aerospace Engineering T.A. Wilson Professor of Aerospace Engineering Ashraf Bastawros is one of three individuals from Iowa State University who have been selected for NASA EPSCoR’s Fiscal Year 2022 Rapid Response Research (R3).

CBE research group’s article featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society

The work being done by the research groups of Chemical and Biological Engineering professors Eric Cochran, Brent Shanks, and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier is making headlines. The article “ Bioenabled Platform to Access Polyamides with Built-In Target Properties,” which is a result of their research, has been featured on the June cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

Cyclone Rocketry overcomes difficulties, nets best-ever showing in Spaceport America competition

After a variety of challenges and delays at the Spaceport America Cup (SAC) intercollegiate rocket competition, it all came right for Cyclone Rocketry. The team of Iowa State University students was rewarded with a second-place overall finish in its division, and 14th place overall in the event, the best-ever showing for the ISU effort.

Two AerE grad students shine in conference research paper competition

Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate students Nianhong Han and Anvesh Dhulipalla have taken second best and third best paper honors, respectively, in a prestigious international competition.

Iowa State researchers receive FAA awards

Philippe Meister, a recent Ph.D. graduate in human-computer interaction (HCI), and Michael Dorneich, professor in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), were both recognized during the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) annual meeting for its Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) program held this summer in Chicago. Meister is the recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Student Researcher Award while Dorneich won the 2021 Jimenez Faculty / Researcher Award.

Pursuing a childhood dream to be an academic

Aishwarya Pawar, who will join the ME department as an assistant professor in Fall 2022, was introduced to the STEM field by her parents growing up in Goa, India. Her father, Rajiv, is a medical doctor while her mother, Swati, is a physics professor at Dhempe College of Arts and Science.  She had the opportunity to occasionally accompany her mother in the office and on different work trips, which led to her interest in academic research.

Incoming ME faculty member brings expertise that combines fluid dynamics and robotics 

Incoming Iowa State University faculty member Qiang Zhong grew up in Wenzhou, a small coastal city in southeast China. He remembers spending summers with his grandfather, a well-known diesel mechanic in his hometown, which is what got him interested in the field of engineering. His parents always encouraged him to do hands-on activities like building model airplanes and RC boats. 

CCEE’s Cassie Rutherford Receives $300,000 Grant Creating Adaptive Climate Change Strategies for Alaskan Community

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) professor and researcher Cassie Rutherford recently received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation for $300,000 through the ‘Navigating the New Arctic’ project to work with communities, stakeholders and government officials to find ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment to help communities battle climate change.

Summer of undergrad research underway in Aerospace Engineering with LAUNCH-UAS

The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s LAUNCH-UAS undergraduate research program has initiated its takeoff for 2022.
Eight students from around the nation are making Iowa State University and the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) their summer home for the ten-week program.

Expanded BioMaP undergrad research program underway with 18 students

Students from Iowa State University and around the nation are settling in for a summer of hands-on research work with ISU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) with the BioMaP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.

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