College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

MSE research group studies aging mechanisms of nuclear power plant cable insulation

Nuclear power plants are an important source of energy production in the United States and elsewhere, and their operational safety is important for the prevention of nuclear disasters.  In a typical nuclear power plant, there are around 1,000 km of power, instrumentation and control cables whose integrity is necessary for safe operation of the reactor.  …Continue reading “MSE research group studies aging mechanisms of nuclear power plant cable insulation”

$4 million grant gives opportunities to women in STEM fields

This year, Iowa State University received nearly $10 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help improve diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Within Iowa State’s Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) department, $5 million over the next five years will go toward creating 272 individual NSF Scholarships for students from Iowa State, Des Moines …Continue reading “$4 million grant gives opportunities to women in STEM fields”

Senior in ECpE is selected for 2017 Future Founders Fellowship

Each year, the non-profit organization Future Founders select the top student entrepreneurs in the nation. Iowa State University’s very own Brendon Geils, senior in electrical engineering, has been named one of the 17 entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the 2017 fellowship. Geils co-founded Sodima Solutions, which is a chat technology company with a …Continue reading “Senior in ECpE is selected for 2017 Future Founders Fellowship”

ECE alumnus Greg Casey now a board member of the PCI-SIG

Greg Casey (MBA, ECE) now serves on the Board of Directors for Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG). Casey works as a Senior Architect and Strategist in the Server CTO team of Dell/EMC. He has worked with technologies such as T11 Fiber Channel Technical, IEFT Task Force, and GenZ. To read more about Casey, visit …Continue reading “ECE alumnus Greg Casey now a board member of the PCI-SIG”

College inspires innovation

The Exploratory Research Projects program at Iowa State’s College of Engineering is supporting faculty members as they gather preliminary data for high-risk, high-impact, novel research ideas. This spring, seven projects will receive grants to explore new research areas: Vikram Dalal, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Novel material for efficient …Continue reading “College inspires innovation”

Iowa State engineer developing tools, technologies to make a better, smarter power grid

Iowa State’s Zhaoyu Wang has four grants supporting his work to develop a smarter, more reliable power grid. His work includes developing a tool that will help utility companies recover from natural disasters, modeling power demand down to the level of homes and businesses, studying cascading power outages and investigating an advanced business model that helps manage the power system’s risks and uncertainties.

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 “CBE Hall of Fame to induct ISU alums Brady, Roberts”

Iowa State University receives $2 million National Science Foundation grant to transform approaches to teaching and learning in electrical and computer engineering

AMES, Iowa – Students at Iowa State University majoring in electrical and computer engineering will greatly benefit from a new $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a new collaborative instructional model for course design that will transform their education and develop the next generation of engineers. Electrical and computer engineering …Continue reading “Iowa State University receives $2 million National Science Foundation grant to transform approaches to teaching and learning in electrical and computer engineering”

Best Student Paper Award at Photonics West 2016

This year’s Best Student Paper Award in the Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems section of  SPIE Photonics West (BIOS) was presented to Iowa State graduate students and faculty for their presentation, “Transfer molding processes for nanoscale patterning of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) films.” This is a collaborative project being performed in ECpE and the Microelectronics Research …Continue reading “Best Student Paper Award at Photonics West 2016”

Neil Gong: Securing data in electronic systems

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor explores how information security and privacy intersect with data science As emerging systems such as social media and mobile computing continue to improve access to information like a map to your next destination or ways to keep up with your family’s activities, these tools offer a growing range of benefits and …Continue reading “Neil Gong: Securing data in electronic systems”

​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program

Iowa State University has announced the 18 students selected to make up the inaugural class of a new leadership opportunity for students for the 2015-2016 academic year, sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company. Following their application, 54 students proceeded to the interview process managed by University faculty in the Leadership …Continue reading “​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program”

Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA

By Michael Still Your phone isn’t safe. Believe it or not, there was a time before voice command and GPS tracking when a phone was just a phone. Software plays a major role in making our phones do what they do which impacts in the way we live, work, and play. As a result, our safety …Continue reading “Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA”

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