Points of Pride

  • Birthplace of some of the 20th century’s most significant technological achievements, including the world’s first electronic digital computer, the encoding process essential to nearly all fax machines, discovery of the world’s second hardest substance, and the development of “smart materials” that make air travel safer.
  • Home of the nation’s first formal program in agricultural engineering and model for the rest of the nation’s programs. Fully one-quarter of the presidents of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers have come from Iowa State. The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering celebrated its centennial year in 2005.
  • Hans van Leeuwen, a professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, was selected as Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine for his work to use microscopic fungi to improve the production of biofuels and for other innovations to protect the environment and improve water quality. The Chicago Tribune once called the magazine’s awards the “Oscars of Invention.”

  • Iowa State is the home of Ames Laboratory, one of two-dozen major research centers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ames Lab and the College of Engineering enjoy a close collaborative relationship, sharing significant scientific staff and facilities.
  • Home of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC), a partnership of six universities and nine industries as well as the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Germany and the Technical University of Denmark.
  • One of only 20 teams chosen worldwide by the U.S. Department of Energy, Iowa State’s Solar Decathlon student team ended the competition with top-ten finishes in three different categories. Interlock House, Iowa State’s entry, came in at twelfth place overall on the university’s first year of competition.

  • Doug Jacobson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has earned two R&D 100 awards for innovations in computer network security.

  • The Engineering Teaching and Research Complex is home to one of the world’s only six-sided virtual reality labs (C6) which supports the research of more than 50 faculty and over 200 graduate students, undergrads, and postdocs. More than $20 million in ongoing research for industry and government agencies is underway in C6.

  • The college hosts the nation’s largest indoor career fair. Over 210 companies attended the fall 2010 College of Engineering Career Fair and the event drew over 4,000 students.
  • The National Security Agency (NSA) designated the Information Assurance Center as one of the original 13 Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The college was one of the first in the nation to offer a certificate program in information assurance and now awards a multidisciplinary MS in information assurance.
  • Partha Sarkar, professor of aerospace engineering, directs the Wind Simulation and Testing (WiST) Laboratory, a one-of-a-kind experimental facility that houses the world’s largest tornado simulator for wind engineering research. The WiST lab has been featured on several national and international news programs, including National Geographic Explorer, The History Channel, CNN, and Discovery Channel, with a combined audience of several million.
  • Chemical engineering associate professors Surya Mallapragada and Balaji Narasimhan are recipients of TR 100 awards, given by Technology Review to individuals under the age of 35 whose innovative work is having a profound impact on today’s world.
  • Laura Christianson, graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering is among 14 engineers named to 2011′s New Faces of Engineering by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Christianson was nominated for her work studying how to mitigate water pollution through natural processes.
  • The college is engaged in numerous entrepreneurial activities that are significantly impacting Iowa’s economy. Close to one-third of the high-tech, start-up companies located at Iowa State’s Research Park have ties to the College of Engineering. One such company, BodyViz.com, recently won the $25,000 top prize in the fourth annual John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition.
  • The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) at Iowa State is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center that focuses on the research and development of new theories and techniques for use in quantitative nondestructive evaluation. The center applies its expertise to aerospace, nuclear energy, automotive, materials manufacturing, and other industries.