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Through the blown glass: Iris Top combines engineering and art

Iris Top is a graduate student at Iowa State University studying computer engineering, with a degree focus in secure and reliable computing.

The summer of 2022 marked the end of Top’s term as president of the Gaffer’s Guild, a student organization dedicated to the education and training in the art and science of glassblowing. Members are encouraged to take their learning a step further by working on their own to master specific skills or shapes. 

Testing hybrid, soft/hard nanocarriers to deliver drugs to the brain

Rizia Bardhan made a fist with one hand then covered it with her other hand, like a baseball player catching a ball in the web of a fielder’s glove.

The fist represents a special nanocarrier filled with medicine, said the Iowa State University associate professor of chemical and biological engineering. The other hand represents a cell working out whether to catch that nanoparticle then take it, drugs and all, across its protective membrane into its interior.

ECpE’s Duwe receives 2022 NSF CAREER Award

Henry Duwe, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (EcpE), has been selected for a 2022 National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award for his project “Toward Dependable Intelligent Computing on Batteryless Intermittent Devices.”

New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures

A first-of-its-kind curriculum in Iowa will soon be available to students in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering – and will help prepare them for a cutting-edge area of technology that’s part of what has been deemed “the fourth industrial revolution.” A new undergraduate minor in cyber-physical systems (CPS) will debut in the fall 2021 …Continue reading “New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures”

Creativity, not perfection: Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh solves cutting edge tech challenges at Google

Cyclone Engineer Benazir Fateh (PhD ’13 Computer Engr) works on the cutting edge of technology – as a machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist at Google with some of Google’s Cloud’s biggest customers namely Twitter, Uber, Apple and PayPal. 

Cyclone Engineer Mai Zheng receives prestigious NSF CAREER award

Mai Zheng, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to improve computer storage systems’ ability to protect data during crashes and other disruptions. He will receive more than $500,000 over the next five years to support his work.

Generations of Innovating: Father-Son Duo Trailblaze the Tech World

Wendell and Brian Sander, graduates of Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, have taken Silicon Valley by storm over the course of their careers. Both have generated innovative ideas and technologies across various startups, including Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California.

Promoting health and wellness virtually

While we couldn’t visit the gym for much of spring semester, virtual fitness instruction through Iowa State University Recreation Services brought
the gym to homes across the Iowa State community.

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Sarah Baratta

Sarah Baratta Major: Electrical engineering, emphasis in VLSI (Very-large-scale integration) Minor: International studies, focus in science and technology in Asia GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa Career goal: To be passionate and interested in what I do (and not dread going to work!) Clubs/activities: Engr 160 and Cpr E 381 teaching assistant  Awards/honors: Dean’s List, …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Sarah Baratta”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kevin Oran

Kevin Oran Major: Computer engineering and mechanical engineering GPA: 3.73 Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska Clubs/activities: Cardinal Space Mining, Triangle Fraternity, ISU Marching Band Awards/honors: Dean’s List, Iowa State University Honors Program, George Washington Carver Scholar, National Merit Finalist, Eagle Scout What is your overall career goal? Complete a master’s degree then work as an engineer on …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Kevin Oran”

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Jaclyn Ralfs

Jaclyn Ralfs Major: Software Engineering Minor: General Business GPA: 3.86 Hometown: Durant, Iowa Career goal: Overall in my career, I want to be continually challenged and given opportunities to learn. The tech industry is constantly changing and I want a career that keeps up with the newest technologies and their capabilities! Clubs/activities: Alpha Gamma Delta, …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Jaclyn Ralfs”

Honoring Veterans Day with Cyclone Engineers who serve

Hannah Christensen The first year of Hannah Christensen’s Cyclone Engineering journey has taken flight with her involvement in the Iowa Air National Guard. The freshman in industrial engineering was inspired to join the military in the footsteps of her three brothers, now veterans of the Air National Guard. She recently had the opportunity to participate …Continue reading “Honoring Veterans Day with Cyclone Engineers who serve”

ECpE senior awarded MPOWER global citizen scholarship

Tabitha Wacuka Kiiru, senior in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, has been awarded MPOWER Financing’s prestigious Global Citizen Scholarship. The MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to international students at supported schools. MPOWER Financing is a start-up dedicated to removing financial barriers for the …Continue reading “ECpE senior awarded MPOWER global citizen scholarship”