College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM

Strong mentors can have a lifelong impact and one industrial engineering student knows that well. Dagney Paskach grew up in Ames and has been surrounded by STEM influences for as long as she remembers. Her father, Thomas Paskach, graduated with his Ph.D. and B.S in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and currently serves as …Continue reading “IE student strives to get kids interested in STEM”

Building STEM leaders: Cyclone Engineers mentor FIRST Robotics Team

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.

Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Larry Cormicle, Dave and Katy Pepper Senior Lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is retiring this May. Cormicle has been teaching at ISU since 2002, has a 24-year career in the construction industry and has been a construction educator for nearly 29 years. He is a registered …Continue reading “Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service”

Development, community, belonging: New program provides unique experiences for international students

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, launched the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program, or GUMP, to provide professional development for international students and build community between international and domestic graduate students.

MSE GOLD strengthens alumni-student relations

MSE GOLD, Materials Science and Engineering Graduates of the Last Decade group, continues the strong MSE student community into alumni life at Iowa State University. The MSE GOLD program allows alumni to reconnect with friends, network and share opportunities with other alumni and student mentees. “I think one of the great things about MSE GOLD is that it gives …Continue reading “MSE GOLD strengthens alumni-student relations”

ME’s Montazami wins Iowa State mentoring award

Reza Montazami, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering who will become an associate professor in July, recently won the 2018 University Honors Committee Award for Excellence in Honors Mentoring. He was recognized at a ceremony in April and was one of just two professors across the entire university to win the award. We had the opportunity …Continue reading “ME’s Montazami wins Iowa State mentoring award”

Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award

From planning to finished project, Josh Braby (B.S. ConE 2006) knows engineering is best learned by doing On Tuesday, Engineering News-Record (ENR) and the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of America recognized construction engineering alumnus Josh Braby as a 2017 ENR-ACE Outstanding Mentor. Braby, who is a project manager at Neumann Brothers, Inc. in Des Moines, …Continue reading “Iowa State alumnus receives ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor Award”

ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year

A Mechanical Engineering faculty member was recently recognized for the strong mentoring relationship he has developed with one of his students. Assistant professor Ganesh Balasubramanian has been named the 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year. Balasubramanian was nominated for the award by Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering. “I was truly humbled since …Continue reading “ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year”

Chang receives LSAMP-IINSPIRE mentoring award

Boyce Chang, a second-year doctorate student in the materials science and engineering department, received the award for Excellence in Mentoring with the LSAMP-IINSPIRE program. He received the award at the IINSPIRE LSAMP Annual Conference on February 4, 2017. His mentor, Dr. Martin Thuo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, nominated Chang. …Continue reading “Chang receives LSAMP-IINSPIRE mentoring award”

Anderson kicks off 2015-2016 staff mentoring program year

Participants in the College of Engineering’s imPROVE you Staff Mentoring Program were inspired and entertained during the program’s first meeting of the year. Clayton Anderson, former NASA astronaut and faculty fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, shared his journey of living out a childhood dream to become an astronaut despite multiple rejections. Throughout the …Continue reading “Anderson kicks off 2015-2016 staff mentoring program year”

E-mentor program promotes intercultural relationships and learning

The life of an engineering student includes endless studying, projects, homework and the hunt for internships—all adding up to a busy schedule and little time for socializing. The Engineering Mentors, or E-Mentors, program bridges the gap between succeeding in classes and expanding a social network. E-Mentors pairs two graduate student mentors with two to four …Continue reading “E-mentor program promotes intercultural relationships and learning”

Two Women’s and Diversity Grants influenced by ADVANCE

Each year, Iowa State awards up to $50,000 in funding from the Women’s and Diversity Grants Program to support initiatives that enrich the experiences of women and diverse faculty, staff, and students on campus. Two grant proposals selected this year were prompted and supported by materials science and engineering professor Kristen Constant, along with several …Continue reading “Two Women’s and Diversity Grants influenced by ADVANCE”

Freshmen mentor Real World Design Challenge teams

Richard Wlezien, professor and chair of aerospace engineering, is ramping up an effort to get more students from the state of Iowa involved in the Real World Design Challenge, a program started in 2008 to get younger students engaged in solving real problems facing the engineering world today. Last year, though three Iowa teams started …Continue reading “Freshmen mentor Real World Design Challenge teams”