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 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
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
Vernon Mayer passed away in April, but the impact that he has left behind will live on forever. Vernon Frank Mayer was born on Jan. 9, 1945, on his family’s farm in the southwest North Dakota town of Regent. Growing up on the farm he often worked on things with his brother Clifford, which sparked … Continue reading Engineering shaped nearly every aspect of late ME alum’s life
UNICOM Talks is a new series of events that will present noted guests from the field of aerospace engineering offering insight into many facets of the industry. Hosted by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, UNICOM Talks will debut with two department alums in the spotlight on back-to-back days: NASA Chief Technologist David Voracek will … Continue reading UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests
“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