College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME lecturer focuses on engaging undergraduate students

As a young student in her home country of Italy, Paola Pittoni remembers it was strong teachers that had the greatest impact on her. Now as a mechanical engineering lecturer herself, Pittoni hopes that she can leave just as lasting an impact on her students. “The reason I wanted to be a lecturer is because …Continue reading “ME lecturer focuses on engaging undergraduate students”

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way …Continue reading “2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities”

Five questions for the ultimate handyman

Bill Rickard, coordinator of the aerospace engineering labs and shops, is the ultimate handyman. Need a wind tunnel? He’ll see that it gets built. Need an airfoil to test in that wind tunnel? He’ll see that it gets built. And when students need to find tools to complete their class projects? He and other shop …Continue reading “Five questions for the ultimate handyman”

Mechanical engineering students show off work at design expo

As one student put tape in his mouth to secure string to his model aircraft, another group sent smoke rings wafting through the air at the Mechanical Engineering Design Expo on Tuesday. More than 50 engineering class projects, including a bicycle-powered cell phone charger, a solar-powered medical cooler and a bubble car, were on display …Continue reading “Mechanical engineering students show off work at design expo”

AerE senior shares ideas on electing more engineers to congress

In an opinion piece in the Iowa State Daily, Molly Sturgis, senior in aerospace engineering, discusses how important it is to have a wider variety of representatives in congress, including engineers.

MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering

Each summer, juniors in Army ROTC from around the nation participate in a Leadership Development and Assessment Course where they are evaluated on different leadership attributes. Trenton Fredrickson, now a senior in materials engineering, traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington, to endure a physical fitness test, obstacle course, day/night land navigation scenario, first-aid training, gas chamber …Continue reading “MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering”

Borkowski selected as student marshal

ME senior Luke Borkowski will serve as this semester’s College of Engineering student marshal. As student marshal, he will lead the engineering graduating class into Iowa State’s graduation commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 18. Each department has the opportunity to submit a nominee to be recognized. Borkowski was nominated by Johna Wolfe, academic advisor, and …Continue reading “Borkowski selected as student marshal”

Electrical engineering student advocates for sustainability

After attending the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a sustainability conference held this year in Denver, Chandra Peterson, senior in political science, and Casey Fangmann, junior in electrical engineering, decided to hold a forum to discuss their perspectives on what Iowa State should do to be more green. Read the full …Continue reading “Electrical engineering student advocates for sustainability”

Engineering students awarded international scholarship

Erica Jensen, a junior in industrial engineering, and Adam Tyler, a junior in civil engineering, have each been selected to receive a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship toward their study abroad experience this fall and spring semesters. The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a highly competitive national study abroad program that offers grants for U.S. …Continue reading “Engineering students awarded international scholarship”