Category: Women in Engineering

ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xianglan Bai has been awarded a patent for a process she has developed to convert lignin into precursors of biofuels and chemicals. U.S. Patent 10,190,053, entitled “Pyrolysis of Lignin,” is one of the products of her research group in developing biobased chemicals and fuels. Bai was issued the patent in collaboration … Continue reading ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship

Two alums from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michael Davies and Tara Mina, recently received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Davies, currently a student in his first year of pursuing a doctorate in computer architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mina, a second-year student pursuing a master’s … Continue reading ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship

ECpE’s Vaswani receives prestigious ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

Professor Namrata Vaswani from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University was recently named a recipient of the ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research. Vaswani has also recently received the ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater University of Maryland, College Park. With 14 years in ECpE at … Continue reading ECpE’s Vaswani receives prestigious ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

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

Atte Kadoma receives Goldwater Scholarship

Atte Kadoma, a junior in materials engineering from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has received a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. She was selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,223 nominees nationwide.

Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network

Graduation is around the corner for many students. For some, the thought of graduating is intimidating. For others, like Larisa Thys, a software engineering student at Iowa State University graduating this May, commencement is an exciting next step. But Thys will never forget the experience she had throughout her four years with the Department of … Continue reading Graduating ECSEL Scholar: Building an inclusive network

Rutherford studied failed Midwestern levees, researches potential solutions

Cyclone Engineer Cassandra Rutherford has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. And now she’s working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using “biocementation” to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.