Guest post: A new home for ABE

Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: A visit back to campus shows an impressive display of learning and growing

CG 'Turk' TherkildsenC G “Turk” Therkildsen, a Department of Industrial Engineering alumnus, reflects on how the IMSE department has grown over the years. My return to Iowa State for the Class of ‘59 Alumni Days became an awesome experience. I had emailed IMSE after reading the news article about Bob Walkup and his father’s motto, “Engineers can [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Shaun VanWeeldenShaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: International engagement spends valuable time in East Asia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn October 2013, I took a 15-day trip to five cities, three countries and six hotels. While it was somewhat exhausting, it was also very productive in our efforts to build partnerships with international universities and students. I started the trip with Daji Qiao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, attending the International Graduate [Continue Reading…]

Guest Post: Participating in student organizations goes beyond campus activities

miller-featured-imageChristian Miller is a junior in biological systems engineering. He is currently the president of the National Society of Black Engineers—Iowa State University chapter and was recently named Most Outstanding President in Region 5 for the 2013-2014 school year. He talks about his experience at the organization’s regional conference and the group’s recent successes. On [Continue Reading…]

Industry is a vital audience for our college – why does it matter?

Sarah RajalaThe College of Engineering has many audiences – groups of people to whom we target various types of information, stay connected, receive feedback and collaborate. Examples include prospective students, current students, parents, alumni, donors, staff, faculty and industry. Each of these audiences play a vital role in the success of our college. We just held [Continue Reading…]

Guest Post: Engineering Career Fair continues delivering valuable experiences for students, employers

Brian LarsonA priority for Engineering Career Services is to help our students and alumni connect with employers. The great reputation of the College of Engineering and the college recruiting process brings more than 400 employers to campus each year. These employers seek to identify individuals with skillsets and interests that match their engineering talent needs. One [Continue Reading…]

On to the next stage

Guest post by Austin Laugen, graduating senior in computer engineering My time at Iowa State is coming to a close, and I’ll soon be walking across the stage at graduation and entering the “real world.” There will be no more homework, no more icy walks to class, and no more late night meetings (or at least [Continue Reading…]

Emerging Leaders Retreat

October 14-15

Emerging Leaders Retreat is a free overnight, off-campus retreat for sophomore (second-year) students interested in building leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to build relationships with current and future student leaders at Iowa State, get advice, and learn and enhance many of the important knowledge and skills that leaders on campus need to be successful!

Applications will be available in early September for the annual retreat. Learn more.

Global Food Insecurity – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: South Ballroom of the Memorial Union

Presenter: Tom Vilsack, former Iowa governor and head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

As United States Secretary of Agriculture, Vilsack has pioneered innovative approaches to promote long-term economic growth in rural America, focusing on investments in broadband internet and renewable energy. Under his leadership, USDA has helped farmers and ranchers produce a safe, affordable and abundant food supply, conserve our natural resources, and provide healthier school meals to our nation’s children. USDA is also part of a government-wide effort taking action to meet the combined challenges of feeding a growing global population, mitigating the effects of climate change and meeting increasing energy demands at home and abroad. 4:30 pm reception will precede the lecture in the South Ballroom. Part of the World Affairs Series.

Student Leadership Conference

October 4, from 6 – 9 p.m.

The second annual ISU Fall Leadership Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 in the Memorial Union from 6:00-9:30pm. The ISU Fall Leadership Conference is designed to help develop leadership skills, network with other leaders on campus, and help students become more effective leaders during their time at Iowa State and beyond.

Pre-registration is required for this event and will open in August. Learn more.

Engineering Career Fair

September 27, Noon-6 p.m.

Attend the largest indoor engineering career fair September 27 from noon to 6 p.m. to meet with over 270 potential employers who are looking for students for co-ops, internships, and full-time jobs.

Learn more about the career fair and tips for success.

MythBusters with Grant Imahara

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m. @ Stephens Auditorium – Iowa State Center – Doors open at 6 p.m. – Free Admission

Grant Imahara, a member of the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters team, will show clips from the show and explain how they do it all. Imahara is a former animatronics engineer and model maker for George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects shop, where he worked on such movies as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. He also worked on The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. Imahara earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Mythbusters is a science and technology television series that takes a light-hearted look at modern misconceptions and the bizarre claims of Urban Legends and puts them to the test.

This event is part of Engineers’ Week 2011.

Tour the World

Tour the World, the Engineering Study & Work Abroad Fair, will be September 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Howe Hall Atrium.

Explore the more than 30 engineering-friendly programs available while getting to know program coordinators, students, and advisers. There will even be free food and door prizes!