College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and …Continue reading “An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset”

Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Surgeons and other medical professionals can develop musculoskeletal problems because of the excessive amount of time they spend on their feet and the awkward postures that they assume during their work tasks. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) aim to better understand these issues so they can be …Continue reading “Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals”

Evaluating how information is perceived in automated systems

As automated systems are evolving, they are becoming more capable of making substantial decisions. Michael Dorneich says allowing the systems to have more responsibility and authority can improve safety and performance because actions are tailored to the particulars of a current situation. Because of that enormous potential, Dorneich, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, studies …Continue reading “Evaluating how information is perceived in automated systems”

Caroline Hayes named mechanical engineering chair

Caroline Hayes has been named the College of Engineering’s next chair of mechanical engineering. She will also hold the positions of professor of mechanical engineering, and Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering. Her appointment will begin October 1, 2012. Hayes, a native of Pennsylvania, holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. She …Continue reading “Caroline Hayes named mechanical engineering chair”