College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Faculty to be featured in Discover Magazine

Sandbulte professor, Ian Dobson, will be featured in Discover Magazine’s lead article for the March 2016 issue. Dobson’s research with physicists, Ben Carreras and David Newman, on the risk of large blackouts is described in detail in Discover’s article, “Averting the Blackout of the Century,” by journalist, Peter Fairley.   Dobson and his team’s work …Continue reading “Faculty to be featured in Discover Magazine”

Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid

America’s power grid, providing electricity to hundreds of millions of homes and businesses, has come under attack more than 360 times in the past three years from hackers, thieves and vandals, according to a USA TODAY review of federal data. Five of the incidents, from 2011 to 2014, were reported by Iowa’s electric utilities, which …Continue reading “Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid”

ECpE’s Ian Dobson quoted by National Geographic

It’s scary enough to envision the nation’s electrical grid collapsing under an enemy attack or because of a powerful solar radiation onslaught. But it’s even more disturbing, perhaps, to think that we might someday suffer a massive nationwide blackout because the grid simply breaks down on its own. “What happens is, a failure occurs somewhere …Continue reading “ECpE’s Ian Dobson quoted by National Geographic”

Dobson joins ECpE

Ian Dobson joins the ECpE department as the inaugural recipient of the Arend J. and Verna V. Sandbulte Professorship in Engineering. This endowed professorship was established in 2010 to support an elite faculty member in electric energy. Dobson received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1978 and his PhD in electrical engineering …Continue reading “Dobson joins ECpE”