College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Two Engineering Students to Receive Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Achievement Awards

Karen Devora-Cigarroa, a senior in civil engineering, and Linnea Dawley, a senior in chemical engineering, received the Alliant Energy/ Erroll B Davis Jr. Achievement Award.

How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

From growing up in a town of fewer than 400 people to working with companies valued in the billions, Fred Dotzler has done a lot in his career but he never forgets about the role that Iowa State University played in shaping him personally and professionally as a young man. Dotzler grew up in Defiance, …Continue reading “How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist”

MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition

Mechanical engineering students had an impressive showing during the Research Days 2021 competition, hosted last month by Iowa State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Saurabh Aykar, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering (ME), took first place in the People’s Choice category in the iPoster competition — which was hosted through the iPoster platform …Continue reading “MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition”

New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Eric Cochran has been named the inaugural Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson & Randy L. Hagenson Professor. The professorship has been made possible by a generous gift from Iowa State College of Engineering alumni couple Mary Jane and Randy Hagenson. Cochran, who received a B.S. in chemical engineering from …Continue reading “New professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering awarded to Eric Cochran”

IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away

Robert “Bob” Walkup, an alum of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program who had a long and successful career in various sectors, passed away on March 12th at the age of 84. Prior to his death he was diagnosed with a rare genetic form of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as reported by tucson.com. Bob was born …Continue reading “IE alum, former Tucson mayor Bob Walkup passes away”

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit …Continue reading “Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship”

Cochran biobased paving research team receives national honor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson and Randy L. Hagenson Professor Eric Cochran is part of a team that has been honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) at its Spring Meeting. Cochran, along with Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor R. Christopher Williams of the Department of Civil, Construction and …Continue reading “Cochran biobased paving research team receives national honor”

A legacy left by late IE alum Linda Schmidt

Industrial engineering alum Linda Schmidt passed away earlier this month at the age of 62. Schmidt served on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland at the time of her passing. She held a B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in …Continue reading “A legacy left by late IE alum Linda Schmidt”

Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

It took a pandemic and the inability to do on-campus visits that led one mechanical engineering student to decide he wanted to stay a little closer to home for graduate school. Antonio Alvarez-Valdivia originally wanted to leave the Midwest for graduate school when he completed his B.S. in mechanical engineering (ME) later this spring. However, …Continue reading “Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process”

Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) and Iowa State University College of Engineering are mourning the death of Professor R. Ganesh Rajagopalan, who passed away March 19. A highly regarded researcher, he was responsible for unique contributions to rotorcraft, wind energy systems, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He and his students have made significant and …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering faculty member R. Ganesh Rajagopalan passes away”

Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Conducting research within the field of pharmaceuticals might be the last place you’d expect to find a mechanical engineer but Michael Olsen would prove you wrong. Olsen, a professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State University, is getting ready to begin his newest research project with his colleague Dennis Vigil, professor of chemical and …Continue reading “Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research”

AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship

Thanh Phan, a fifth-year Ph.D. aerospace engineering student at Iowa State, has been named a Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient for 2021-22. Fourteen fellowships are awarded to Iowa State students each year. Phan is one of three recipients in the College of Engineering. He was selected for the honor after two of his recent research articles …Continue reading “AerE graduate student Thanh Phan receives Brown Fellowship”

Transfer graduate student finds new home at Iowa State

Going from a smaller university in an urban area to a larger university in a smaller college town might have been difficult for some, but for mechanical engineering graduate student Murtaza “Murt” Zohair the transition was smooth. Zohair is from Aurora, Ill., part of the greater Chicago area. Growing up he was often reading books …Continue reading “Transfer graduate student finds new home at Iowa State”

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