Tag: agriculture and biosystems engineering

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

Alumni Blue Chip Network bridges gap between undergraduate students and seasoned professionals

“There’s nothing more powerful than feeling like you are part of a community.”

That’s Steven Bell’s philosophy. Bell, a senior lecturer of agricultural and biosystems engineering, wanted to close the gap between alumni and undergraduate students. So he founded the Blue Chip Network (BCN) earlier this year. The network of more than 80 professionals has grown since the group’s founding earlier in 2019, and it is a unique tool for students as they begin to understand the ins and outs of industry.

A unique lab experience for systems engineering students

“I wish I had learned that in school.” Recent graduates ask themselves this many times in the first years of their professional career. But at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE), faculty members like Matt Darr and Bob McNaull are determined to bring the industry experience to the students. Hands-on … Continue reading A unique lab experience for systems engineering students

2018 ATMAE Conference showcases success of Iowa State ABE

Iowa State Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ISU ABE) faculty, staff and students received various awards for their work and contributions to education and research at this year’s Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Annual Conference. The conference was held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Nov. 7 – 9. The Industrial Technology (ITec) club’s … Continue reading 2018 ATMAE Conference showcases success of Iowa State ABE