College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

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”

2019 Engineers’ Week Student Organization Honors Announced

With Engineers’ Week beginning Saturday, the winners for this years outstanding student organizations have been announced and will be recognized at the 2019 Engineers’ Week Award Banquet on February 22.   Winners:  K-12 Outreach award: Cardinal Space Mining Community Service Award: Associated General Contractors (AGC)  Newcomer of the Year Award: GNU/Linux Club  Outstanding Achievement Award: CyRoc  …Continue reading “2019 Engineers’ Week Student Organization Honors Announced”

ECpE alum Kelvin T. Erickson named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Missouri S&T

Kelvin T. Erickson (Ph.D. ’83 elec engr) was named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Erickson earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1983 and is an award-winning faculty member at Missouri S&T.

Boeing, Iowa State representatives meet to discuss current, future connections

The Department of Aerospace Engineering recently hosted representatives from Boeing and Iowa State University to explore connections between Boeing and aerospace, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering at the university in the areas of space and autonomous systems. The visit – which included meetings, facility tours, an overview of the NASA-sponsored Iowa Space Grant …Continue reading “Boeing, Iowa State representatives meet to discuss current, future connections”