ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year

A Mechanical Engineering faculty member was recently recognized for the strong mentoring relationship he has developed with one of his students.  Assistant professor Ganesh Balasubramanian has been named the 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year. Balasubramanian was nominated for the award by Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering. “I was truly humbled since … Continue reading ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year

CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

Teaching remains a top priority for doctoral candidate Last week, engineering graduate student Alireza Sassani earned the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Teaching Award. Sassani, who studies geotechnical/materials engineering at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), earned this award for his work as a teaching assistant for the course … Continue reading CCEE graduate student earns Graduate and Professional Student Senate Teaching Award

High honor for CBE’s Mallapragada; inducted as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Surya Mallapragada has joined an elite group of research and academic officials following her official induction as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The honor was bestowed at the Sixth Annual NAI Conference in Boston. Dr. Pat Halbur, DVM, executive director of the … Continue reading High honor for CBE’s Mallapragada; inducted as National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Ashfaq Khokhar named Palmer Department Chair at Medallion Presentation Ceremony

Ashfaq Khokhar, chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was officially named Palmer Department Chair at the College of Engineering Medallion Presentation Ceremony on March 30. Dean Sarah Rajala and Associate Dean Arun Somani presented the official medallion to Khokhar. “These medallion ceremonies have become a special tradition at Iowa State, … Continue reading Ashfaq Khokhar named Palmer Department Chair at Medallion Presentation Ceremony

Steve Mickelson

Iowa State agriculture and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 1 in nation

Iowa State’s agricultural and biosystems engineering program was ranked first in the nation, according to the 2017 U.S. News and World Report on university graduate programs. Steven Mickelson, chair of the agriculture and biosystems engineering program, discussed the significant change that placed the department at the top of the nation’s graduate program ranking.

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents outstanding faculty and staff awards

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff March 9. The award winners included: The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team. This interdisciplinary team has made significant contributions through research, extension and graduate education to improve the sustainability of specialty crop production. Producers … Continue reading ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presents outstanding faculty and staff awards

Chuck Jahren (right) answers Brandon Sleep's (left) question during ConE 322 (Photo by Tindall)

“Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Professors use newest learning models to encourage real-world problem-solving Brandon Sleep preps thoroughly for any construction engineering (ConE) 322 lecture. He doesn’t mind watching video lectures outside of class. That’s because ConE 322 is a hybrid learning classroom. Students have to come prepared. “We do the homework in class, and we have a guide from the lectures … Continue reading “Ahead of the game:” Active and hybrid learning take foothold in CCEE curriculum

Akinc selected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Mufit Akinc has received the Fulbright Grant to Turkey for the 2017-2018 academic year. He will become Senior Lecturer at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, for the spring semester of 2018. Dr. Akinc currently holds many titles at Iowa State University. He is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and … Continue reading Akinc selected as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Ankara, Turkey

Lanny Robbins set to lend expertise to CBE faculty, students

Iowa State chemical engineering alumnus and noted member of the National Academy of Engineering Lanny Robbins has arrived on campus to begin his new position with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Originally announced in the fall of 2016, Robbins joins the department as a distinguished faculty fellow. As a faculty member in the … Continue reading Lanny Robbins set to lend expertise to CBE faculty, students

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Iowa State students compete at Disney Imagineering design contest finals

Three Iowa State University design and engineering students are in Glendale, California, this week competing in the 26th Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. Cristina Diaz, Aurora, Illinois, senior in interior design; Alexander Doppenberg, Spencer, senior in mechanical engineering; and Joshua Kurnia, originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, and now of Ames, senior in architecture, are among six teams of students from seven universities selected as finalists in the competition, sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering to find and nurture the next generation of “Imagineers.”