“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.
Michael Conzett, P.E., of Omaha, Nebraska, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Conzett received this award at the organization’s 98th annual meeting, held August 14–17, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
“I do nothing by myself. I credit the engineering program at Iowa State for demanding teamwork early in my academic career, which is a critical profession skill regardless of where your career takes you.”
A distinguished graduate of Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and a decorated veteran has died. Retired Rear Admiral Ronald Narmi passed away May 21, 2019, at the age of 86. He most recently resided in Arlington, Virginia. Narmi, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a Naval ROTC student at Iowa State and earned … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering distinguished alum, naval officer Ronald Narmi passes away
Danielle Munsch graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems technology in May 2016. What she likes most about her career? “I enjoy the diversity of projects and working with different departments daily. I am constantly learning new applications and administrative techniques to improve processes.”
Jill Fratini forged a unique path as an engineer and a working mother. Fratini is the first woman to graduate from ISU with an undergraduate degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently selected Norman Friedrich, P.E., civil engineer, with the Iowa NRCS in West Union as the agency’s nominee for Federal Agency Engineer of the Year (FEYA). Friedrich was one of 32 finalists for the award which was announced Feb. 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of Megan O’Leary, far right. Interview with Megan O’Leary (’99 BSME, ’00 MSME) Why did you choose Iowa State? My mom is a fellow Iowa State graduate (’68), and I fell in love with the beautiful buildings and manicured lawns on campus visit during a family trip when I was 14. I was … Continue reading ME alumna shares advice for success
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Dr. Brent Shanks has been announced as the recipient of the inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award. The award, created by the society to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of catalysis, will be presented to Shanks April 19 at the … Continue reading CBE’s Brent Shanks to receive inaugural catalysis award from Midwest organization
Justin Schuster, EIT, was chosen as the top honoree among class and will represent ASABE at Engineers Week activities in Washington, DC, beginning February 17. Nominated by engineering colleagues and fellow ASABE members, the 2019 class was formally announced this week, at the 2019 Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference in Louisville. Through their professional and extracurricular pursuits, New Faces of ASABE, all 35 years of age or younger, represent the best of a profession that endeavors throughout the world to improve quality of life and make sustainable use of precious natural resources.
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering alumna and noted advocate for women in the field of engineering, Gayle Roberts continues to leave a legacy in the industry. Roberts, who is now retired after serving as president and CEO of engineering firm Stanley Consultants, has been featured in a recent story by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest. … Continue reading CBE alum, champion of women in engineering, Gayle Roberts is subject of feature story
Neal Garver stepped off the train with only a suitcase, prior experience as a school teacher, a certificate from a second-grade teacher in hand and a dream of becoming a civil engineer. Four years later he graduated with a degree in civil engineering and went on to create Garver, a multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural and environmental services firm in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering welcomes two lecturers ready to share their expertise. Matthew Nelson has been named lecturer in Department of Aerospace Engineering. Nelson was previously the director of the Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program, which engages students in hands-on projects to help the understanding of engineering fundamentals. Nelson is an Iowa native, graduating … Continue reading Matthew Nelson, Travis Grager to Aerospace Engineering lecturer positions
Islam El-adaway (PhDCE2008) was recently recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest as a top young professional of 2019. From the article … El-adaway earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in his native Egypt in 2003. He was then hired as a contract administrator for Nile Aster International … Continue reading ENR Midwest recognizes ISU CCEE grad as top professional, “teaching star”