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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Open House at the BioCentury Research Farm

Date: Friday , September 23, 2011

Time: 1 to 4 PM

Location: BioCentury Research Farm

Since its opening two years ago, the BCRF has become an internationally recognized facility for biofuels research. This event will give visitors the opportunity to see the work being conducted at the farm and the capabilities that may be important to potential partners.

“We want to showcase the research and development activities at the BioCentury Research Farm,” said Larry Johnson, director of the BCRF and Center for Crops Utilization Research. “Much has been accomplished in the two years since our dedication and we want to educate our faculty, students, industry partners, and stakeholders about what the BioCentury Research Farm is contributing to the bioeconomy and Iowa’s future.”

The open house will feature self-guided tours of all the facilities throughout the afternoon including the Biomass Processing Facility’s three processing areas, the new biomass hoop structures, and equipment used in field research. Visitors will be able to talk with researchers who are currently collaborating with the BCRF. Johnson will also give a presentation on ways faculty and industry can partner with the BCRF.

The BCRF is the first-in-the nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. In 2010, the farm was named the Institutional Research Facility of the Year by Biofuels Digest. For more information about the BCRF, please

Investigation of Magnetic Reversal at Almost the Nanoscale

Date: Thursday, September 8

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Investigation of Magnetic Reversal at Almost the Nanoscale – E. Dan Dahlberg

E. Dan Dahlberg is a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is also director of the Magnetic Microscopy Center (MMC). The MMC applies magnetic force microscopy techniques to a variety of outstanding physics problems such as the dynamics of single domain magneticparticles, micromagnetics of domain structures and magnetic logic devices. His active research program involves a substantial effort in spin transport in magnetic multilayers and films and ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic exchangecoupling. Dahlberg has a master’s and doctorate in physics from UCLA and a master’s in physics from the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned his undergraduate degree in physics.

Part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series.

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.

Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2

Date: September 14, 2011

Time: 9:30am – 11:00am Introduction and Live Demo

11:00am – 12:30pm Hands-on Session

Location: 2228 Howe Hall

COMSOL will provide a free multi-physics modeling workshop at Iowa State University.  The motto of this workshop is “learn-by-doing”.  The goal is to teach you the skills needed to model and simulate problems in COMSOL Multiphysics, whether you are new to COMSOL or an experienced user.

Anyone interested in simulating and optimizing engineering phenomena based on PDEs, such as structural mechanics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, fluid flows, etc. should attend. Applications of the software are found in virtually every area of science and engineering.

Host: Tom Rudolphi, Professor, Aerospace Engineering

On-line Registration:

Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Nicholas Snaith by email at or by phone at 781-273-3322.

Wind Power Facilities: From Concept to Completion

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Time: 10:00  to 11:30 AM

Location: Alliant Energy – Lee Lui Auditorium, Howe Hall

The Wind Energy Initiative hosts a Mortenson Construction presentation by Kevin Deters, General Manager of Renewable Energy Groups. He will be discussed wind energy power facilities. Also, available to meet will be Minneapolis Groups’ Kendall Griffith, VP of Operations, and Troy Blizzard, Construction Executive.

CoE Tweetup

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Clyde’s Sports Club

Come join the demo of the new Iowa State College of Engineering iPhone/Android app! There will be some giveaways included, and the opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow CoE students.

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!

College of Engineering Convocation

The College of Engineering Convocation will be August 31, starting at 3:10 p.m., in the Alliant Energy—Lee Liu Auditorium of Howe Hall. Dean Jonathan Wickert will deliver an address and CoE faculty and staff will be recognized with college awards. A reception will follow in the atrium after the presentation.