College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Brewing up a hoppy career

“Bringing people together over good beer,” is a motto for the owners of Limestone Brewers in Osage, Iowa. Hear how an one alum of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is tapping into the craft brewing industry.

Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you

At just 23 years old, Grayson Burgess’s company has already generated more than a quarter million dollars in sales. Burgess, senior in mechanical engineering, founded Comic Sandwiches, an Iowa-based company that designs and manufactures movie-quality replicas, props and memorabilia for fans of comic books and superheroes. His customers range from diehard comic book and superhero …Continue reading “Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you”

Teams from new industrial engineering course take top prizes at Engineering Pitch Competition

Teams from the Entrepreneurial Product Development Engineering (I E 434X) course took the top two spots at the Engineering Pitch Competition earlier his month. Brad Lechton (senior), Brian Fleming (senior) and Konner Koerselman (junior) all of whom are majoring in industrial engineering (IE), took first place at the competition, while mechanical engineering (ME) seniors Taylor Goodness …Continue reading “Teams from new industrial engineering course take top prizes at Engineering Pitch Competition”

Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal

Allison Theisen, senior in Industrial Engineering, is diversifying her undergraduate degree program at Iowa State University with an entrepreneurial studies minor. As the director of social enrichment for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, Theisen planned a lot of different events for about 300 people, and she found that the social and planning aspects of the job appealed to her. Theisen always wanted to pursue …Continue reading “Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal”

IE student competes in ISU Innovation Prize contest

An industrial engineering student learned about the importance of teamwork and collaboration through her participation in Iowa State’s Innovation Prize contest. Andrina Helgerson, a senior in IE, was part of one of 10 teams to compete in the 2nd annual Innovation Prize contest which took place on March 30 and 31. The event, which was …Continue reading “IE student competes in ISU Innovation Prize contest”

Engineering student duo wins Best New Innovation award at Iowa State’s Innovation Pitch Competition

Jakub Hladlk, junior in computer engineering, and Tim Lindquist, junior in electrical engineering, won the Best New Innovation award at the 5th annual Iowa State Innovation Pitch Competition for their Project Icarus, an innovative and intuitive unmanned aerial system flying interface.

ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

Two mechanical engineering graduate students recently received awards for their paper at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) national conference earlier this month in Los Angeles. Sanvisna Kogelen (MS, Mechanical Engineering) and Alex Wrede (PhD, Mechanical Engineering) along with Patrick Kreiser (Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor …Continue reading “ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship”

Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding

Two startups from cohort one, Sep-All and SAFI-Tech, are led by Dr. Martin Thuo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Sep-All is co-founded by Christophe Frankiewicz, and SAFI-Tech is co-founded by Ian Tevis. Both Frankiewicz and Tevis are Affiliate Assistant Professors in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Six Ames-Based …Continue reading “Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding”

Alum applies ME skills to owning, operating his restaurant

One Iowa State alum is taking the skills he learned in the mechanical engineering curriculum and applying them to his restaurant. Last month, Lu Li and his wife Shuyu Wang opened Grandpa Noodle Gallery, 926 S. 16th St., on Ames’ east side. Li first came to Ames in 2008 to study at Iowa State and said …Continue reading “Alum applies ME skills to owning, operating his restaurant”

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman to link entrepreneurship, world peace in public lecture

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman of Iowa State, the Ames Laboratory and Israel’s Technion will give a public lecture linking technological entrepreneurship to world peace and prosperity. The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Alum creates cloud-based application to make payments easier between owners, contractors, and designers.

Throughout his career, ISU alum John Trickel has been providing companies across Iowa with engineering expertise for everything from electrical lighting to plumbing to energy efficiency. Trickel, who earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 1993, owns the company VGI Design, and the impact of his work can even be seen on Iowa State’s campus …Continue reading “Alum creates cloud-based application to make payments easier between owners, contractors, and designers.”

NSF awards maximum support to Iowa State-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University.

That brings NSF’s total funding of the center (known as CBiRC, “See-burk”) to the maximum allowed: 10 years and $35.26 million. NSF support of the center began in September 2008 and will end in August 2018. After that, the center must be self-supporting.

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