Grace Hopper continues to inspire generations of women in engineering

Grace Hopper carries many titles: Navy admiral, computer engineer, co-creator of the term “computer bug” and most recently the posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her biggest claim to fame might be her work on Mark I, a naval computer that ran mathematical equations, which aided in the creation of the atomic bombs used [Continue Reading…]

ECpE graduate student paper places second at IEEE Sensors Conference

Early this November, Iowa State University Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Graduate Student Silu Feng was awarded the prestigious IEEE Sensors Conference 2016 Best Paper Award. Her paper, accepted as an oral presentation and entitled “Rapid Detection of Theophylline Using Aptamer-Based Nanopore Thin Film Sensor,” placed second out of 617 accepted papers. According to ECpE [Continue Reading…]

CBE Hall of Fame to induct ISU alums Brady, Roberts

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Hall of Fame will soon grow by two with the upcoming inductions of ISU alumni Dr. Michael D. Brady and Gayle A. Roberts, P.E. Brady will be officially recognized as part of the department’s annual Honors and Awards Banquet November 4; Roberts will be officially recognized at a [Continue Reading…]

Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University has announced the teams that will be a part of their first summer “CYstarters” program. The program, which takes place over 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29 at Iowa State, will allow teams access to between $6,000-$12,000 in funding, access to industry mentors, educational [Continue Reading…]

Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program

Iowa State background leads junior professionals to selection for NASA leadership development program The Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success and Teamwork (FIRST) program at NASA takes young professionals with excellent technical skills and helps them to learn about themselves and their workplace to become better leaders. “At NASA, people are incredibly technically competent, but they [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 29

With research on wind turbine blade optimization, the underlying mechanisms of neuroinflammation, the Native American Jingle Dress and Iowa’s care deserts, there will be much to discuss when 22 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines.

Things get three dimensional this week with artist Joel Anderson

After retiring from 33 years with Shell in Houston, Joel Anderson started looking into art. Originally interested in woodworking, videos on Jon Peter’s Youtube channel of Peter working with encaustic (a wax-based paint made of beeswax, resin and pigment) caused Anderson to start looking at a new medium. Anderson graduated from Iowa State in 1981 [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects

Iowa State University engineers have developed a new flexible, stretchable and tunable “meta-skin” that uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cloak an object from the sharp eyes of radar. The meta-skin takes its name from metamaterials, which are composites that have properties not found in nature and that can manipulate electromagnetic waves.

Iowa State engineers protect the power grid

Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the “PowerCyber” testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

Faculty to be featured in Discover Magazine

Sandbulte professor, Ian Dobson, will be featured in Discover Magazine’s lead article for the March 2016 issue. Dobson’s research with physicists, Ben Carreras and David Newman, on the risk of large blackouts is described in detail in Discover’s article, “Averting the Blackout of the Century,” by journalist, Peter Fairley.   Dobson and his team’s work [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State challenges students to turn back cyber attacks, keep lights on, water running

Teams of students will face eight straight hours of attacks on the computers and networks behind a simulated city’s power and water utilities. Can they protect all the software, hardware and connections? Will the lights stay on? Will the water run? Will the residents of a small, fictional city be without critical services and infrastructure?

Iowa State engineers build cyber security testbed to help protect the power grid

It’s easy to think of the electrical grid as the power plants, the high voltage lines, the transmission towers, the substations and all the low-voltage distribution lines that bring power to our homes and businesses.An attack on that grid would involve getting out and cutting lines or dropping towers.