College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees

As part of Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) 150-year anniversary celebration, 26 alumni of the CCEE department are being recognized for their professional achievements, service to the profession, community and/or the department, and their high degree of character and integrity. There are two different recognitions: Hall of Fame and Distinguished …Continue reading “2021 CCEE Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Inductees”

New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been named the inaugural Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor. The professorship has been made possible by a generous gift from Iowa State College of Engineering alumni couple Mary Jane and Randy Hagenson. Cochran, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from …Continue reading “New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran”

Cyclone Engineer designs safer COVID-19 office furnishings

Within a year, Evan Hundley (’19 indust engr) went from sitting in an Iowa State classroom to working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on HNI’s rapid response team.  She accepted a position at HNI immediately following graduation in their early career development program.

From refining to distilling: ME alums fulfill a vision 

Century Farms Distillery in Spencer, Iowa was founded by Amanda and Ryan Bare in 2017. The Bares journey to starting a distillery can be traced back to their time as students in mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State. 

Four Aerospace Engineering students receive TEX-REX awards

Two alumni and two current students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering have received Teaching Excellence (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) awards for their work in the fall semester in the fall semester of 2019. The TEX Award is given to two students who have shown exemplary accomplishments, as graduate students, in the teaching of …Continue reading “Four Aerospace Engineering students receive TEX-REX awards”

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”

Brewing up a hoppy career

“Bringing people together over good beer,” is a motto for the owners of Limestone Brewers in Osage, Iowa. Hear how an one alum of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is tapping into the craft brewing industry.

Spanning then and now

You may have ridden across it. You’ve probably seen photos of it. Hear how one engineering alum played a role in one of Iowa’s most beloved and popular trails.

Generating power and leadership

Armed with a fresh bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, Cynthia Lord headed east, joining Consolidated Edison of New York as a rotational engineer, where she worked with aspects of engineering and operations as well as marketing and finance. An early internship with Iowa Power and Light piqued her interest in the electric generation industry, …Continue reading “Generating power and leadership”

An electrical engineer and groundbreaking pilot: ECpE Veteran Robert Martin

Robert Martin, a graduate of Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was a pilot and veteran who flew 63 and a half missions during World War II as a part of the well-known and barrier-breaking Tuskegee Airmen, and later on in life became an electrical engineer by jumping over many obstacles. A …Continue reading “An electrical engineer and groundbreaking pilot: ECpE Veteran Robert Martin”

Leopold Center selects ISU Aero alumnus Paul Mugge for Spencer Award

Sutherland farmer Paul Mugge has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Spencer Award, presented by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

Ryan Arndorfer joins ever-expanding CBE research as lab-teaching coordinator

Ryan Arndorfer has joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering team as a laboratory and teaching coordinator. He joins colleague Sarah Beckman, who was hired in early 2019. They will work together handling many important and ever-expanding teaching and research laboratory-related duties in the department, including managing and maintaining equipment, procuring new equipment (especially …Continue reading “Ryan Arndorfer joins ever-expanding CBE research as lab-teaching coordinator”

How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers

This is one in a series of stories related to the 150th anniversary of civil engineering at Iowa State University. From the small town of Manning, Iowa, Henry J. Brunnier went on to accomplish big things in structural engineering. In 1900, Brunnier became the first person in his town to attend Iowa State College (now …Continue reading “How an Iowa farm boy became one of San Francisco’s elite structural engineers”

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