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ISU engineers confident Mars rover is ready to compete

Interspace travel requires the right tools. A group of ISU engineers has been working on a special tool for a trip to Mars. For the past three years, a group of engineers has been working on the Mars Analog Vehicle for Robotic Inspection for the annual Mars Society University Rover Challenge, and it’s almost mission accomplished.

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities.

Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA

By Michael Still Your phone isn’t safe. Believe it or not, there was a time before voice command and GPS tracking when a phone was just a phone. Software plays a major role in making our phones do what they do which impacts in the way we live, work, and play. As a result, our safety …Continue reading “Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA”

Software engineering junior earns spot with KPCB Fellowship Program

Tyler Uhlenkamp, a junior software engineering major, was named an Engineering Fellow by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers this semester. Uhlenkamp will intern with Coursera, an online startup that offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) as part of his fellowship this summer. The KPCB Fellowship Program, which matches outstanding students with internship opportunities within its …Continue reading “Software engineering junior earns spot with KPCB Fellowship Program”

Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business

From the LEGO key chains on his backpack to his involvement and dedication to the FIRST LEGO League, it’s clear that Shaun VanWeelden—a junior from Pella, Iowa—has a passion for the little plastic bricks that so often introduce young children to engineering. Last year, he found a way to combine that passion with his love …Continue reading “Junior in software engineering turns interest in LEGOs into business”

A search engine for code

Kathryn Stolee’s Satsy could revolutionize the way amateur (and professional) coders search. By Michael Still Writing software is kind of like solving a puzzle,” said Kathryn Stolee, the Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor of Software Engineering. Any programmer who has suffered long hours in search of missing code can an attest to this analogy. But now, thanks …Continue reading “A search engine for code”

Gaming at ECpE

This feature debuted in the Spring 2013 issue of ECpE Connections Magazine Brian Kraus, Robert Romore, and Jacob Cramer are architects, but they don’t build museums. They’re designers, but they don’t lay out magazines. They work with physics, but they’re not physicists. All three are software engineering majors, but they consider themselves game developers at heart. …Continue reading “Gaming at ECpE”

Student team gains runner-up at Dwolla hackathon

A team of Iowa State University seniors in computer and software engineering was runner-up of the “Best Mashup API” prize category at a hackathon hosted by Dwolla, the Des Moines based e-commerce company that provides online and mobile payment systems. The 24-hour Old MacDonald Hackathon, held Dec. 1, challenged teams of up to five people …Continue reading “Student team gains runner-up at Dwolla hackathon”

Engineering senior develops cutting-edge software

Growing up around R & D Industries, Inc., a computer network engineering and solutions company owned by his father, Christopher Van Oort, senior in software engineering at Iowa State, knows the ins and outs of computers. To gain practical experience, he has spent the past four years interning for Thinix, a small division of R …Continue reading “Engineering senior develops cutting-edge software”

An app for students, by students

Thanks to the efforts of several students, the College of Engineering (CoE), and the Government of the Student Body (GSB), finding classes, catching CyRide, and staying connected to Iowa State via social media is now much easier for mobile device users. These features, along with other useful tools for Iowa State students, are available in …Continue reading “An app for students, by students”

Student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Denmark

Cody Hoover, junior in software engineering, was selected to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to supplement his studies in Denmark. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship Program supports students with limited financial means who wish to study abroad. “Any job now, but engineering in …Continue reading “Student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Denmark”