IMSE’s MacKenzie creates Hurricane Decision Simulator to assist Marines with decision making

The U.S. Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) is headquartered in New Orleans, LA, which is an area prone to hurricanes. During the event of a hurricane warning, the commander must make timely decisions to protect the safety of the personnel and set up alternate headquarters in order to facilitate an orderly evacuation. An assistant professor from … Continue reading IMSE’s MacKenzie creates Hurricane Decision Simulator to assist Marines with decision making

CG 'Turk' Therkildsen

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

C G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can … Continue reading Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

Procter and Gamble

Three industrial engineering alumni take separate paths, find themselves together in human resources

Graduates of the College of Engineering find careers in many parts of the world, but it’s not often three from one class take jobs with the same company, start at different locations and travel around the country before settling down in the same human resources department. That’s the story of Jim McWhirter, Steve Bean and … Continue reading Three industrial engineering alumni take separate paths, find themselves together in human resources

Karen Zunkel

WEPAN president Karen Zunkel encourages women to pursue engineering

Karen Zunkel’s career has covered a lot of territory: as a professional in industry, an instructor and a higher education administrator, she has a good sense of the many obstacles females may face in STEM fields. That’s why Zunkel, director of undergraduate programs and academic quality at Iowa State, has devoted much of her career … Continue reading WEPAN president Karen Zunkel encourages women to pursue engineering

IE alum joins First Citizens National Bank board of directors

Dan Varnum, presiden and CEO of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, has joined the First Citizens National Bank board of directors. Varnum holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Drake University. Varnum has more than 25 years of experience in developing, leading and improving … Continue reading IE alum joins First Citizens National Bank board of directors

Lee Graham

NASA engineer Lee Graham credits Iowa State for diverse skills

For some, having a full-time job and a family along with studying for a master’s degree would probably be enough to keep busy. Lee Graham, on the other hand, does all that while working at NASA, mentoring at three local high schools and helping with STEM education efforts in various ways—among other things. Graham, a … Continue reading NASA engineer Lee Graham credits Iowa State for diverse skills

Lee Graham, NASA

NASA engineer Lee Graham credits Iowa State for diverse skills

For some, having a full-time job and a family along with studying for a master’s degree would probably be enough to keep busy. Lee Graham, on the other hand, does all that while working at NASA, mentoring at three local high schools and helping with STEM education efforts in various ways—among other things. Graham, a … Continue reading NASA engineer Lee Graham credits Iowa State for diverse skills

Carl Kirpes

Systems engineering student invited to present paper at national conference

While studying systems engineering through Engineering Online Learning, Carl Kirpes knew an opportunity to apply his coursework onsite at his job might crop up from time to time. What he didn’t know was that it would earn him third place in the Society for Engineering and Management Systems Student Paper Competition and a chance to … Continue reading Systems engineering student invited to present paper at national conference

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Engineering students to present at the ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Iowa State University undergraduates will share their research and creative endeavors during the seventh annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. More than 100 students will present research on topics ranging from architecture to zebrafish. The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Memorial Union. Students, faculty, … Continue reading Engineering students to present at the ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

CoE alum finds success in healthcare industry; begins role as CEO at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

Dan Varnum didn’t know when he started in Iowa State’s industrial engineering program more than 30 years ago that he’d end up in the healthcare field. The journey that would take him there started during a co-op as an undergraduate and recently landed him in the position of chief executive officer at Mercy Medical Center … Continue reading CoE alum finds success in healthcare industry; begins role as CEO at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa

Engineering undergraduates among group showcasing research at annual Capitol event April 4

Twenty-four Iowa State University undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the seventh annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. From engineering, the students are: Conrad Brendel, Elizabethtown, Penn., environmental engineering: … Continue reading Engineering undergraduates among group showcasing research at annual Capitol event April 4

Two engineering students take home prizes from inaugural Iowa State pitch contest

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community hosted its inaugural Innovation Pitch Competition on March 20. The competition was open to students from all disciplines on campus and drew 21 participants, ranging from freshmen through the graduate level. Four prizes were awarded, with two of them going to engineering students. Best Overall Pitch – Shaun VanWeelden, a sophomore in computer engineering, took home … Continue reading Two engineering students take home prizes from inaugural Iowa State pitch contest

Iowa State student a finalist for two environmental awards

Casey Fangmann, a senior studying industrial engineering at Iowa State University,  launched a recycling program on his dorm floor during his freshman year. Four years and thousands of recycled plastic bottles later, Fangmann is now up for two national environmental awards: a $5,000 scholarship from the Udall Foundation and SmartPower’s “America’s Next Eco Star” award. … Continue reading Iowa State student a finalist for two environmental awards