College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

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”

Engineering shaped nearly every aspect of late ME alum’s life

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 series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests

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”

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.

NCEES honors ISU CCEE alumnus and Nebraska professional engineer Michael Conzett for service

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.

Aerospace Engineering distinguished alum, naval officer Ronald Narmi passes away

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”

Corporate Cannabis Cultivation

Maurice Washington spends his days analyzing the environmental impact of legal marijuana cultivation in the largest cannabis-producing region in the U.S. He recently talked with us about the new challenges, how they’re really old challenges, and how they allow better control of California’s watershed.

ISU ABE outstanding young alum: Danielle Munsch

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.”

ISU ABE alum weighs in on setting goals and working to achieve them

Raised on a farm in Monona County in western Iowa, Larry Buss earned a degree in ag engineering from Iowa State University. Before graduating in 1968, he worked three summers for the Soil Conservation Service in Sioux City. After graduation, he worked for the U.S. Navy in California for two years as an engineer, and then took a job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb. All of this enabled Larry to “come home.”

First woman ABE undergraduate reflects on time at Iowa State

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.

ISU ABE alum Norman Friedrich nationally recognized by Natural Resources Conservation Services

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.

ME alumna shares advice for success

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”

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