Category: Women in Engineering

Stronger, cheaper, greener foundations for offshore renewable energy generation

Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is studying how to improve foundation design of tidal current turbines – with an aim of helping offshore renewable energy generation go mainstream. Her project examining suction caissons as an economical and green option for tidal turbines is supported by an NSF CAREER award.

ECpE’s Vaswani receives NSF grant for high-dimensional structured data recovery

Whether you watch videos on a small phone screen or a large TV, minuscule structures and movements placed within each video allow it to run. Namrata Vaswani, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, along with Chinmay Hegde, ECpE assistant professor, recently received a nearly half million three-year grant … Continue reading ECpE’s Vaswani receives NSF grant for high-dimensional structured data recovery

Sparks fly in ECpE

“I was just cracking jokes, and I saw her two seats over and said hi, introducing myself,” Cameron Cornick said. “We ended up sitting on the same side of the room, on the right-hand side.” Ashlyn Cornick, a DMACC transfer student, met her now-husband Cameron, a sophomore at Iowa State University, in Electrical Engineering 285, … Continue reading Sparks fly in ECpE

Iowa State’s Women in Science and Engineering program receives national Engineering Initiative Award

Iowa State’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was awarded the 2018 Women in Engineering Initiative Award by the Women in Engineering ProActive Network. A single university is selected from a competitive pool for this prestigious award. WiSE was recognized for “being a model for women in engineering programs across the nation.” The … Continue reading Iowa State’s Women in Science and Engineering program receives national Engineering Initiative Award

Zaffarano Award presented to Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar

Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) graduate student Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar received the Zaffarano Award on April 26 at the Sigma Xi banquet. Daniel Zaffarano, vice president for research at Iowa State from 1973-88, established the Zaffarano Award. He believed in the value of publishing research and finding solutions to research … Continue reading Zaffarano Award presented to Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar

NSBE, SHPE-MAES and SWE join to support 50K Coalition

Three Iowa State engineering student organizations joined together in support of a single mission: to support the 50K Coalition, a new national effort “to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025.” Iowa State’s chapters of National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers-Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) and the Society of Women Engineers … Continue reading NSBE, SHPE-MAES and SWE join to support 50K Coalition

Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention

Kathryn “Katie” Neilson, a junior in materials engineering from Morton, Illinois, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention recipient. The Goldwater Scholarships are granted to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States based on academic merit in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. Neilson was one of two Iowa … Continue reading Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention

Engineering a career with Tesla

“Your gender shouldn’t determine what you can and cannot do,” Huber said. Accomplishing a variety of professional experiences, Sarah Huber faced the unique challenges of being a female in the male dominate world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sarah Huber graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical … Continue reading Engineering a career with Tesla

IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Karen (Hallaman) Ponder became the first woman to complete a PhD in industrial engineering at Iowa State when she graduated in 1978. Ponder was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and spent … Continue reading IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

Women’s History Month: Pioneering female electrical engineers: Carol Fisher

Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series highlighting alumnae, faculty and students. This is the first in a multi-part series. Click here for more Women’s History Month coverage. While Alice (Churchill) Camerlengo was the first female at Iowa State University to earn a degree in electrical engineering in … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Pioneering female electrical engineers: Carol Fisher

Highlighting the Women of ABE

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering highlights the women faculty who contribute to the success of research and teaching in ABE at Iowa State University. These women demonstrate leadership and innovation in the classroom and laboratories and working with students, faculty, and industrial partners. Amy Kaleita Associate Professor … Continue reading Highlighting the Women of ABE