College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry

From New Jersey to Australia to Michigan to California and back to Ames, Sara Mayne has done a lot during her short time as a mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University. Mayne grew up in South New Jersey, east of Philadelphia. She was attracted to STEM at an early age because of her parents, …Continue reading “ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry”

Building STEM leaders: Cyclone Engineers mentor FIRST Robotics Team

Brian Steward, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is the lead mentor of Team Neutrino, a FIRST Robotics Competition team for high school students. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields.

First woman ABE undergraduate reflects on time at Iowa State

Jill Fratini forged a unique path as an engineer and a working mother. Fratini is the first woman to graduate from ISU with an undergraduate degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Civil engineering alumna takes role as first female general manager of Island Water Association

With mentorship from ABE professor, Brian Steward, local high school robotics team finds success at regional competition

A team of high school students from Story County 4-H, Team Neutrino, designed and constructed a robot to compete at the Iowa Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 21-24, 2018. The team ranked second and finished in the finals. Team Neutrino also won the Engineering Inspiration award which “celebrates outstanding success …Continue reading “With mentorship from ABE professor, Brian Steward, local high school robotics team finds success at regional competition”

Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship

This story was originally posted with the Iowa State News Service.  When it launches basketball-sized “boulders” at a castle tower, the robot built by a team of students from Cedar Falls High School can’t see over defending robots. So, at 8:30 on a recent school night, team members were at school, working to solve the …Continue reading “Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship”

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 “Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program”

Iowa State juniors go from FIRST Tech Challenge competitors to judges

Mackenzie McCoy and Nicole Peyton stay connected to program that helped lead them to engineering FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) provides middle and high school students with a competitive space for robots they program and build. After participating in the program for three years as students at Ottumwa High School, two juniors at Iowa State were …Continue reading “Iowa State juniors go from FIRST Tech Challenge competitors to judges”

They’re more than little plastic bricks

When I began doing FIRST LEGO League in 2001, lots of people commented that it must be fun to play with LEGO bricks and cute to watch kids play with toys for a job. There was much to be done to alter perceptions of K-12 STEM programming. (science, technology, engineering and math) Now, don’t get …Continue reading “They’re more than little plastic bricks”

Hanton: Lack of STEM employees could hurt everyone

Rick Hanton, senior in computer engineering, wrote an opinion piece for the Iowa State Daily that discusses the decline of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He says many graduates in STEM fields change roles from a more technical position to a more business related role. Hanton also notes several ways to …Continue reading “Hanton: Lack of STEM employees could hurt everyone”

Skripsky building career with FIRST

Many Iowa State students know the New Hampshire-based company FIRST from their annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, but one Iowa State alumnus has been working with the company and says there is more to FIRST than playing with building blocks. Nick Skripsky (BSME’08) is the resources coordinator of the FIRST Place center and has …Continue reading “Skripsky building career with FIRST”

CoE has connections at FIRST World Championship

Four Iowa State College of engineering students and two staff members played key roles in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship. The event was held April 27 – 30 in St. Louis, Missouri, with more than 600 teams from 29 countries competing in the three levels of FIRST: FIRST LEGO League …Continue reading “CoE has connections at FIRST World Championship”

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