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.
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.
Hans Mueller, sophomore in industrial engineering, has taken his passion for FRIST Robotics worldwide, working with the U.N. to create Robots Without Borders.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”