Engineering Leadership Certificate

I like to think that engineers make good leaders. We have abilities in quantitative reasoning; in decision making, even when information is incomplete or ambiguous; and breaking down complex problems into manageable pieces. These broad skills can prove useful at every level of an organization, making engineers a natural fit to hold leadership positions. I’m [Continue Reading…]

Astronaut Clay Anderson returns to campus

Dates: Thursday, November 3, 2011 – Saturday, November 5, 2011

NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson (MS ’83 aerospace engineering) will visit campus in early November for several major events. Anderson will present a public lecture at 5 p.m. in Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall, on Nov. 3, followed by a reception in the Howe Hall Atrium. On Nov. 4, he will be hosted by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and later attend the ISU Alumni Association’s Cardinal & Gold Gala in Des Moines. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Anderson will sign autographs at Cyclone Central in the ISU Alumni Center, and during the football game he will present the ISU flag he flew in space in April 2010.

Symposium to honor R. Bruce Thompson

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 9 AM to 4 PM

Location: Alliant Energy Lee Liu Auditorium in Howe Hall

IPRT’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation is remembering Dr. R. Bruce Thompson with a symposium. Thompson, who passed away March 7, 2011, was CNDE director, a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Iowa State, and member of the National Academy of Engineering. “As we approach the one-year mark of learning of Bruce’s cancer, it is fitting that we remember the many contributions that he made to the science and practice of nondestructive evaluation and to Iowa State University,” says Lisa Brasche, CNDE associate director.

SWEet Treats

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Time: 5 – 7pm

Location: Howe Atrium


Society of Women Engineers (SWE) would like to personally invite you to a

night of SWEet Treats.  A time for members of engineering diversity

organizations to socialize with ISU College of Engineering faculty.

The goal of this event is to strengthen the relationship between

faculty and students and making students aware of the learning

opportunities outside the classroom through casual networking.  And of

course enjoy a delicious selection of desserts and great coffee!


RSVP to We look forward to seeing you there!

Virtual Reality Application Center’s Haunted House

Join the Virtual Reality Application Center (VRAC) for an afternoon of the creepy and crawly. The frights will be real and virtual. Come see some of your favorite characters. VRAC halloween style.

Bring your family and friends!!!

Ages:  5 and up

Dates:  October 23, 29, and 30

Time:  1-4 p.m.

Place:  1117 Black Engineering, Iowa State University

Ballistic Missile Defense and the Missile Defense Agency

Brief Presentation followed by Q&A with Lt. General Patrick J. O’Reilly, Director, Missile Defense Agency

Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall
11 AM – 12 PM

Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly is the Director for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees MDA’s worldwide mission to develop a capability to defend deployed forces, the United States, Allies, and friends against ballistic missile attacks.

During his career, he served in both command and staff officer positions in a variety of operational units including the 1st Cavalry Division, the 3rd Support Command, Germany, and as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the United States Military Academy. As an Acquisition Officer, he served as Program Manager for Directed Energy Programs, PATRIOT PAC-3 Missile, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missile System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program, and as the Army Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support.

Lieutenant General O’Reilly is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has Masters Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Business. Lieutenant General O’Reilly is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the U.S. Naval College of Command and Staff, and the U.S. Army War College.

Lt. Gen. O’Reilly will present the vision of the Missile Defense Agency and focus on opportunities for research funding and collaboration.

9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

Andrew Revkin covered global environmental issues for the New York Times for fifteen years and continues to write for their Dot Earth blog. His reports have ranged from Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami to the assault on the Amazon and the troubled relationship of climate science and politics. He is also the author of several books, including The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. Revkin is currently a senior fellow at Pace University’s Academy for Applied Environmental Sciences. His career has included positions with Discover, the Los Angeles Times, and Science Digest. He has a biology degree from Brown University and a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia and has taught at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Bard College Center for Environmental Policy.

The 2011 Pesek Colloquium on Sustainable Agriculture.

Sweet Reads n’ Treats

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time: 10am to 2pm

Location: 114 Marston

Sweet Reads n’ Treats: College of Engineering Book/Bake Sale

CoE will be selling a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, cookies, bars, pies, and other freshly baked goods. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Story County.

Brazil Study Abroad Information Night

Date: Monday, October 17, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: 114 Marston Hall

Want to spend a semester or summer abroad? Come to the Brazil study abroad information session and learn about the semester exchange program and the study abroad trip. There will also be free pizza and pop!

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.

Taking the Road Less Traveled

Taking the Road Less Traveled is a career conference for girls sponsored by Iowa State University’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (PWSE). The conferences aim to expose girls, sixth through twelfth grades, to career paths within science, technology, engineering and math. More than 2,500 individuals participate in the program each year.

Visit the PWSE website for additional information and registration.

Chat with ME – Margaret Harding

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Location: 2004 Black Engineering Building

The “Chat with a Mechanical Engineer” series is proud to announce that its first event will feature Margaret Harding, president of 4 Factor Consulting, LLC. She is an engineering and business leader with a broad background in nuclear technology, regulatory compliance and sound business prac-tices. With almost 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry, she has outstanding problem solving skills with a proven track record of delivery. Her strong written and verbal communications abilities coupled with excellent coaching and interpersonal skills make her a formidable ally in the nuclear industry.

Margaret has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State. She currently is on the technical advisory board for WizNucleus, a start-up company working cyber-security for the nuclear industry. In ad-dition, she serves on the Industrial Advisory Council for Iowa State University Engineering College and as vice-president of the board of the local chapter of Girls, Inc.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.


The “Chat with ME” series is part of WiME’s goals to provide students with women role models in engineering and academic professionals thereby helping to develop and sustain a network of professional colleagues. It provides a face-to-face with a successful mechanical engineer in a very informal setting. Opportunity to ask questions (inspirations, approaches, challenges faced,) regarding: 

  • Managing a productive academic career. 
  • Understanding the formal (and informal/implicit) values, rules and operating procedures in mechanical engineering practice. 
  • Experiences; work/home balance

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.

A Diversity Model That Works: The Mentoring Ladder

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

A Diversity Model That Works: The Mentoring Ladder – Isiah Warner

Louisiana State University Boyd Professor Isiah Warner is the mind behind a successful mentoring program that involves faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates, all of whom reinforce their scientific skills and commitment to research by mentoring young students.  His “mentoring ladder” is aimed at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students who show promise but could benefit from additional guidance. Warner grew up in rural Louisiana and was the first in his family to go to college. He is now Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and the Philip W. West Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at LSU as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. Warner contributed to the National Academy of Science’s 2002 National Research Council report “Diversity Models That Work” and is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from former President Bill Clinton. He will speak about the keys to successful recruiting and mentoring for under-represented graduate and undergraduate students.

The 2011 College of Engineering Diversity Workshop Keynote Speaker.

Media Globalization and “Repression 2.0” in the Middle East

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

Media Globalization and “Repression 2.0” in the Middle East: A Closer Look at the SyrianRevolution – Christian Sinclair

Christian Sinclair is assistant director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. He spent 10 years living and working in the Middle East, including almost seven years in Syria. His research interests include Kurds of Syria and Turkey, human rights in the Middle East, freedom of press and media repression, and language and identity. He has just published an article at Middle East Report entitled “The Evolution of Kurdish politics in Syria” and is currently teaching “Human Rights, Democratization, and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa.”


Part of the Technology, Globalization, and Culture 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.

Science, Technology and Jobs – A Town Hall Meeting with Newt Gingrich

Date: Friday, September 30, 2011

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Campanile Room, Memorial Union

Science, Technology and Jobs – A Town Hall Meeting with Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich was elected to Congress in 1978 and served the Sixth District of Georgia for twenty years. He was the architect of the “Contract With America,” leading the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. In 1995 he was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and led the firstre-elected Republican majority since 1928. He left the House in 1999. As an author, Gingrich has published twenty four books, including eleven New York Times best-sellers. Gingrich received his bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s and doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University. 

Part of the Presidential Caucus Series, providing the university community with opportunities to question presidential candidates before theprecinct caucuses.

Fiscal Solutions Tour

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Sun Room, Memorial Union

Fiscal Solutions Tour – David Walker & Robert L. Bixby

Executive Vice President and Provost Betsy Hoffman will moderate the discussion.

The Fiscal Solutions Tour focuses on cutting through the usual partisan rhetoric, ideological divides and political smoke screens to focus on the positive: Where do we go from here? What key decisions need to be made in the not-too-distant future? How can reforms lead to a brighter future?

David Walker was U.S. comptroller general until 2008, one of his three presidential appointments. He then served as president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, where he worked to promote federal financial responsibility. In 2010 he became president and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI) focused on promoting and achievingspecific fiscal solutions. CAI received a three-year grant from the Peterson Foundation to engage the public and promote fiscal solutions, including those outlined in Walker’s book Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility

Robert L. Bixby is executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility. The Concord Coalition was founded in 1992 by former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and the late Paul Tsongas (D-MA). Former Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) co-chairs the organization. He has a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.