College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers making a better, more profitable grid for distributing solar power

Zhaoyu Wang’s research specialty is working to modernize electric grids for better, more reliable energy flow. The latest project he’s leading, in fact, is called “MODERNISE,” for “Modernizing Operation and Decision-Making Tools Enabling Resource Management in Stochastic Environment.”

Meng Lu member of team that won 2024 Bailey Award to support exploration into antimicrobial resistance

Iowa State University’s 2024 Bailey Research Career Development award has been granted to a team of Cyclone scholars with plans to address increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance by transforming predatory viruses into an antibiotic substitute.

Jacob Eisbrenner: Guardsman, student and Cyclone Engineer

“Ever since I was a kid, my dad and I were always in the garage, tinkering, tearing apart old cars,” said Jacob Eisbrenner, Ph.D. student in electrical engineering. “I used to always think about the design of all the different components and how they could be better.”

Innovating a decentralized framework for secure communication

At the forefront of advancing a decentralized framework for reconstructing data from under sampled and noisy signals is assistant professor Shana Moothedath. Her research not only delves into the complexities of efficient data reconstruction but also prioritizes the security of this process.

Varun Prasanna gains confidence, skills at CyPy

“A coding bootcamp is also a great way to build relationships with like-minded people of similar coding experience, so working together is great when you get stuck. The same idea can be applied to undergrad research, as learning something new is always beneficial, as you never know when you will need to use it,” Prasanna said.

Iowa Cyber Hub enlists ‘Cybersecurity Ambassadors’ to help their communities

“I’ve always had a goal of every Iowan understanding basic cybersecurity. But there’s only one of me and 3 million of them,” said Doug Jacobson. Soon there will be many more cyber guardians like Jacobson in Iowa as a legion of trained volunteers help their communities learn cybersecurity.

Taimoor UI Islam is addressing the digital divide from Iowa to Pakistan

He has been working on all aspects of the ARA: designing, procurement, installation and connectivity along with all the other team members. This includes troubleshooting problems, working in the field with agriculture producers and monitoring all aspects of the project.

Electric Power Research Center: Sixty years of aiding industry, preparing students, inventing solutions

The Electric Power Research Center began in 1963 as the Power Affiliates Program. Its mission was to “advance research and graduate education in electric power systems and strengthen industry ties.”

Stuart Pearson built connections through being a peer mentor, TA

Stuart Pearson is a senior in electrical engineering and concurrent grad student, a peer mentor in Electrical, Computer and Software Engineers as Leaders (ECSEL) and a teaching assistant for EE 201 and EE 351. This summer Pearson will be interning for SpaceX’s Starship program and then returning to Iowa State this fall finish his master’s degree in electrical engineering.

Hey Cimone, how do you make the most of the college experience?

When she is not working to keep the grid safe, she is working to ensure college students get the most out of their experience on campus.

“I was motivated by students that were stumbling through their college degrees. There is more to college than the degree,” Wright-Hamor said. “The real benefits of college are access to the alumni network, the free or reduced-priced resources that help build your skills, and the amount of generalized knowledge in one location.”

Presenting at the FAST’23 conference

ECpE PhD student Tabassum Mahmud, studying computer engineering, and undergrad Carson Love, in cyber security engineering, are two co-authors of a paper “ConfD: Analyzing Configuration Dependencies of File Systems for Fun and Profit”  that was accepted to appear at the 2023 USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST’23).

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