STEM robotics competitions are a motivator to pursue engineering for many students. But for underrepresented students, including females, the economically underprivileged and people of color, this engineering gateway isn’t always accessible.
After being singled out as the only girl in an electricity class her first year of high school, Erin Mitchell swore she would never pursue a career in the STEM field. Now, a decade later, she works as an industrial engineer for Collins Aerospace in Melbourne, Florida. Mitchell, an alumna of Iowa State University’s industrial … Continue reading Inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers
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
Food production systems could become more environmentally sustainable and K-12 students could become more educated about it as part of a new research project. A team of Iowa State University researchers, led by mechanical engineering (ME) associate professor Mark Mba-Wright, recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a research project … Continue reading ISU researchers to study blockchain technology to improve sustainability in food markets
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty member Zengyi Shao has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure. Shao, who is also the Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow, joined Iowa State CBE as an assistant professor in 2013. She received her B.S. from Nankai University in 2002, and her Ph.D. from … Continue reading CBE’s Shao promoted to associate professor
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.
Jill Fratini forged a unique path as an engineer and a working mother. Fratini is the first woman to graduate from ISU with an undergraduate degree in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
Senior in STEM takes on out-of-this-world experience with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) With her feet planted firmly on the ground, Lauren Wibe’s professional career is taking off thanks to her involvement in the elite NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP). Starting last fall, Wibe worked in NASA’s Environmental Protection and Management Division within … Continue reading Civil engineering student lands career-changing NASA Internship
With the holidays right around the corner, a pair of mechanical engineering students hope that they can one day spread the holiday cheer through their passion to design children’s toys. Madeline Turner, a senior in ME, and Lucille Murphy, a sophomore, are at different stages in their academic careers but the duo share the goal … Continue reading ME students preparing to become tomorrow’s toymakers
Two new and impactful opportunities await Iowa K-12 educators in the 2019 Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Partner Schools Program. Applications for the program are now being accepted through 3 p.m. December 3, 2018. The ISGC-sponsored Partner School Program supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school partnerships to help schools connect to learning opportunities … Continue reading New opportunities available to STEM educators in Space Grant Consortium program
Department of Aerospace Engineering lecturer and director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium Tomas Gonzalez-Torres will be a featured presenter when The Story Collider comes to Iowa State University. With a goal of presenting the human side of science, The Story Collider is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling true, personal stories about science through … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Gonzalez-Torres will be Story Collider presenter October 16
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College of Engineering faculty are developing evidence-based strategies to ensure diversity and inclusion in engineering education – all with an aim of boosting diversity in STEM fields. Here are four of our research projects studying teaching methods and student experience.
Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, a lecturer in the Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been named director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC), effective July 1. He replaces Interim Department Chair and Dennis & Rebecca Muilenburg Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Christina Bloebaum as director. She is departing Iowa State for an administrative post … Continue reading Former NASA official, ISU faculty member Gonzalez-Torres is new Iowa Space Grant Consortium director
One mechanical engineering alum hopes to inspire the next generation of engineers through his outreach efforts. Daniel Diaz graduated from Iowa State with his BS in ME in 2013 and his MEng in ME in 2015. After graduation, Diaz was hired as a Mechanical Engineer at Lennox International Inc., manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and air … Continue reading School outreach is one part of ME alum’s volunteer efforts