College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Growing up, John Lawson thought he would eventually take over the family grocery store. However, his father inspired him to pursue a different career path. In his youth, Lawson spent many hours working for his family’s downtown Moline, Illinois, grocery store, and fondly remembers delivering groceries to customers’ homes. He figured he would eventually become …Continue reading “From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere”

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever …Continue reading “From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida”

Cyclone Engineering alum Marlin Fischer: From Iowa State to Tinseltown

When Marlin Fischer (indust engr ’80) graduated from Iowa State, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, his adventure didn’t stop there. He was headed for the bright lights of show business.

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