Category: Students

PODCAST: 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. Be sure to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast series “Factor Analysis” and click SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts. Special acknowledgement to the research team of Cristina Poleacovschi and Jess Talbot, including:

Sara Hamideh (Stonybrook University), collaborating professor
Carlos Santos, undergraduate student
Luis Gallardo & Alison Chopel, Habitat for Humanity

And thank you to the multiple UPR students and the stakeholders and community members who shared their stories with us.

From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

Much like the game of football, all components on an engineering design must work together to achieve an end goal. Having played football for a better part of his life, mechanical engineering (ME) senior Nate Van Veldhuizen understands the parallels between the game he loves and the material that he learns in the classroom. “One … Continue reading From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

You can help send ISU chemical engineering students to Florida conference

A group of Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) undergraduates are headed for Orlando, Florida to represent Iowa State – and you have the chance to help them do so. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a highly regarded national organization with a large network of student chapters. The 2019 AIChE Annual … Continue reading You can help send ISU chemical engineering students to Florida conference

Driven: CBE undergrad, race driver Andee Beierle named to Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium

Spend a few minutes with Andee Beierle and you quickly realize that for her, life in high gear has always been the norm. The senior chemical engineering major has spent the last two years pursuing an opportunity that is often reserved for graduate students – working as a researcher in a lab. She’s teamed with … Continue reading Driven: CBE undergrad, race driver Andee Beierle named to Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium

ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Learning about engineering in another country is an effective way to become a better-rounded engineer, according to one student. Tim Dorn, a junior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring 2019 semester and his summer studying abroad at Hochschule Mannheim in southwest Germany. He said that through this experience he noticed the differences in the cultures … Continue reading ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

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