College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME’s Wickert pens advice column for first-year college students

ISU senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert recently published a column in the Des Moines Register providing advice for first-year college students and their parents. Wickert, who also serves as a mechanical engineering professor, writes: “We want you to succeed. While you need to put in the hours and effort, we are there to teach, mentor …Continue reading “ME’s Wickert pens advice column for first-year college students”

ME professor pens editorial about biofuels in Des Moines Register

Mechanical engineering professor Robert C. Brown penned an editorial in today’s Des Moines Register about one of his research specialties: biofuels. Brown – who holds both the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering – is the author of 2012’s Why are We Producing Biofuels?: Shifting to the Ultimate Source of Energy. …Continue reading “ME professor pens editorial about biofuels in Des Moines Register”

ISU engineering students design, study safer football helmets

Three Iowa State University engineering students were recently featured in the Des Moines Register for their efforts in designing and studying ways to create safer football helmets that better protect against concussions, CTE, and other head injuries. The research team consists of undergraduate students Tanner Hamelau (mechanical engineering), Zach Murrell (mechanical engineering), and Zach Taalman (materials …Continue reading “ISU engineering students design, study safer football helmets”

French high jumper Vallet warming to life at Iowa State

A little Googling took Marine Vallet a long way. The high jumper from France needed to complete a study-abroad program as part of her degree requirements for INSA Rennes. So the materials engineering major did a little research and landed at Iowa State. She found the corresponding courses. She got along well with the coaches.

Hot Lotto scandal prompts security changes

Lottery officials say they have made changes to make sure their games are secure and fair in connection with allegations that a former security director rigged a Hot Lotto winning ticket worth $14.3 million. Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, was scheduled to stand trial Monday on two counts of fraud, more than four years after prosecutors …Continue reading “Hot Lotto scandal prompts security changes”

Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid

America’s power grid, providing electricity to hundreds of millions of homes and businesses, has come under attack more than 360 times in the past three years from hackers, thieves and vandals, according to a USA TODAY review of federal data. Five of the incidents, from 2011 to 2014, were reported by Iowa’s electric utilities, which …Continue reading “Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid”

New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses

Newly proposed commercial rules for the use of unmanned aircraft open doors for Iowa farmers, realtors and businesses to be more productive, experts said Monday. “On one side we have this great economic development opportunity. (Unmanned aircraft) can have a huge impact on the productivity of farmland, so we don’t want to miss that,” said …Continue reading “New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses”

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

Defenders of cybersecurity are fighting against the current, Iowa State University professor Doug Jacobson said. “All we ever are are defenders,” said Jacobson, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “Imagine playing a sport where you could never put your offensive team on the field.” Jacobson is also the director of Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center, …Continue reading “ISU trains the next white-hat hackers”

CoE engineering students return to high school to discuss abroad experiences

Former Ankeny students Katie Powers and Kevin Hyler recently returned to Ankeny Centennial High School to share their experience studying abroad with students at the school. Powers and Hyler are both enrolled in engineering at Iowa State University and spent time studying overseas last year. This story was originally published by the Des Moines Register.