Kelsey Polaski is new CBE assistant for business, data, grad students

Going straight from Iowa State graduate to Iowa State employee, Kelsey Polaski has joined the staff of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She will work as a program assistant for graduate programs, business, and data analytics. On December 20 she received her diploma with an undergraduate degree in management information systems from Iowa … Continue reading Kelsey Polaski is new CBE assistant for business, data, grad students

Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Several graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) were recently honored with Research Excellence (REX) and Teaching Excellence (TEX) awards for the fall 2019 semester. These awards are sponsored by the Iowa State University Graduate College. Honorees receive a letter of commendation from ISU President Wendy Wintersteen, a certificate of achievement, … Continue reading Chemical engineering graduate students honored for teaching, research efforts

Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE

The annual race against the clock for chemical engineering graduate students made its return in the department’s 2019 Perfect Pitch competition, and this year’s top three finishers have been announced. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their research progress exams (qualifiers) presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a strict … Continue reading Perfect Pitch prize to three in CBE

NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school

“Being an athlete you have to be disciplined. You can’t be successful without being disciplined.” As a NCAA champion in cross-country, Edwin Kurgat knows about the level of discipline required to reach goals. He also applies this same level of discipline to his study habits as an industrial engineering student. Growing up in Eldoret, Kenya, … Continue reading NCAA champ says discipline applies to both sports and school

Fall 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on December 21. Click the names to read individual features about each student.   Student Marshal – Nicholas Wijaya     Major: Aerospace … Continue reading Fall 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors honored

Retaining students through relationship-building

The origin of ISU ABE’s successful learning community is rooted in long-term retention efforts  In the fall of 1997, Iowa State University’s Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE) Department saw a 33% decline in retaining incoming students. This threw a then-new associate chair of teaching into a sticky situation. Steve Mickelson needed to find the … Continue reading Retaining students through relationship-building

Experiencing leadership and diversity in engineering

The Leadership through Engineering Academic Diversity (LEAD) Program provides programs and services to support the academic, professional and social success and retention of multicultural, international and women students in engineering.

Rescue in action

Grain storage fatalities account for a large percentage of agricultural-related deaths in the United States. Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are trying to find ways to decrease this number of fatalities.

Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering

Improving food systems in Iowa requires a lot more than just a knowledge of agriculture. Anuj Mittal, Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (IE) at Iowa State University, has been part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study which will allow food hubs in Iowa to share supply chain best practices among each other and … Continue reading Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering