NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New assistant professor stays on the “edge” of geotechnical engineering research Cassandra Rutherford doesn’t want the easy answer. That’s the reason she was drawn to engineering. “I thought that it was a challenging specialty,” Rutherford explained. “You were seeking new answers and trying to answer a question that hadn’t been answered before.” This January, Rutherford … Continue reading NSF CAREER recipient Cassandra Rutherford joins CCEE

New CCEE Faculty Solve Current Engineering Challenges

They may be from across the globe. But the four new members to this year’s faculty at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering are coming to the Midwest for one goal: to solve challenging problems in modern engineering. Ashley Buss, Assistant Professor Do you get excited about a department of transportation internship? What about … Continue reading New CCEE Faculty Solve Current Engineering Challenges

James Michael: Following his engineering dreams with energy and combustion research

ME assistant professor uses applied physics and aerospace background to develop spectroscopy methods for thermo-fluids systems Engineering has always been James Michael’s calling. The new mechanical engineering assistant professor says he knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to be an engineer. “Originally, I thought I wanted to be an astronaut, but most … Continue reading James Michael: Following his engineering dreams with energy and combustion research

Chinmay Hegde: Transforming big data with efficient algorithms

New ECpE assistant professor looks for better ways to handle data Chinmay Hegde has always been curious about the power of math. He says that since he was young, he’s been interested in using math to “do cool stuff”. This interest has carried him through his education and now to Iowa State. Chinmay Hegde’s education brought … Continue reading Chinmay Hegde: Transforming big data with efficient algorithms

Chao Hu: Improving reliability analysis and design methods

New ME professor explores engineering design under uncertainty and the design of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries After he gained a B.E. in engineering physics from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, Chao Hu spent four years in the medical device industry. Now, he is ready to share … Continue reading Chao Hu: Improving reliability analysis and design methods

Peter Collins: Diverse applications to engage students

“Materials matter. Everything’s made of something.” Materials science and engineering’s new associate professor, Peter Collins, knows exactly why his field is important. “So many economic sectors depend upon advanced materials, including the automotive and aerospace industries, as well as applications for cell phones and devices. Materials science is the act of getting down to the … Continue reading Peter Collins: Diverse applications to engage students

Leifur feature

New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

Coming all the way from his home country of Iceland, Leifur Leifsson is excited to begin his career at Iowa State University this fall. He will teach a class on aerodynamics—his favorite subject—and continue his research in surrogate-based optimization. Leifsson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in … Continue reading New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

Travis Sippel

Travis Sippel brings rocket propellant research to ME department

As Travis Sippel settles in at the College of Engineering, he’s bringing his work with energetic materials—a line of research he believes will complement the work already being done in the mechanical and aerospace engineering departments—along with him. “Something that really excited me about Iowa State is the potential for collaboration,” says Sippel, who was … Continue reading Travis Sippel brings rocket propellant research to ME department

New faces in the college

To meet the needs of a growing program, the College of Engineering has welcomed new faculty in six of its eight academic departments this year. With research interests in areas like biomedical materials, fluid dynamics, and the economics of biomass, this group of faculty members brings innovative research ideas to the college along with new … Continue reading New faces in the college

CoE welcomes new faculty

With the fall semester in full swing, this year’s new faculty members are busy teaching and researching at Iowa State’s College of Engineering. As a group, they bring a wide range of expertise and skill, ranging from biomaterials to alternative energy, and they also add value to the successful interdisciplinary teaching and research within the … Continue reading CoE welcomes new faculty