Piled Higher and Deeper: The PhD Movie



Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union


Piled Higher and Deeper:

The PhD Movie – Film Screening & Conversation with Jorge Cham

This film adaptation of the popular online comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper by Jorge Cham introduces audiences to the unique and funny culture of academia. Filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology, it follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching and their personal lives. Jorge Cham, the author of the Piled Higher and Deeper comic strip, has been called the Dilbert of academia. His strip appears in numerous university newspapers and chronicles the struggles and humor of the lives of graduate students and stressed out academics. Cham speaks about his experiences as a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Stanford and as an instructor and researcher in robotics at the Cal Tech. Three books compiling his strips have been released: Life Is Tough and Then You Graduate; Scooped! and Academic Stimulus Package.

A discussion with Jorge Cham will immediately follow the 67-minute film.


Rusty Machines and Fairy Tales

Date: Tuesday, September 27

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

Rusty Machines and Fairy Tales: Why the Twenty-First Century Needs Videogames – Ian Bogost

Ian Bogost is an award-winning videogame designer and media philosopher. He is a professor and director of graduate studies in digital media at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a founding partner at Persuasive Games, LLC. His research and writing considers videogames as an expressive medium, and his creative practice focuses on political games and art games. His videogames cover topics as varied as airport security, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, and tort reform. His most recent game, “A Slow Year”, a collection of game poems for Atari, won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade Festival. Bogost is author or coauthor of seven books, including the forthcoming “How To Do Things with Videogames.”

Part of the Technology, Globalization, and Culture Series.

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 visitwww.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu.

L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series: New Vistas in Dispersion Science and Engineering

Darsh Wasan: L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship SeriesThe Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering continues its cherished tradition in the L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship Series. This year’s speaker is Professor Darsh Wasan from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.

All are invited to this free presentation Thursday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. in 171 Durham Hall. Wasan will discuss how colloidal suspensions are used in increasing technological capacities in his keynote lecture “New Vistas in Dispersion Science and Engineering.”

Professor Wasan is a University Distinguished Professor, Motorola Chair in Chemical Engineering and Vice President for International Affairs at IIT. He also is the editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.”

This annual lectureship was created in honor of L.K. Doraiswamy, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. To honor is accomplishments, an endowment fund was set up to support the lecture series. Every year representatives from Iowa State’s Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, India, and the Department of Chemical Technology at the University of Bombay select an internationally recognized scientist or engineer to present lectures at Iowa State, as well as NCL in India.

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.

A Histo-Musical Lecture about the Gullah/Geechee

Date: Wednesday, September 14

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall

A Histo-Musical Lecture about the Gullah/Geechee – Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine

Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, the selected and elected official head-of-state and spokesperson for the Gullah/Geechee people, uses activism through the arts to educate global audiences on human rights and the continuation of cultural communities. Her presentation, “Gullah/Geechee: Crakin Teet wid de Worl Bout Who WEBE” is about the distinctive group of Black Americans who live in farming and fishing communities on the Sea Islands from Jacksonville, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. They are known for the preservation of their African cultural and linguistic heritage.  Queen Quet is the founder of the cultural advocacy organization the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.

Part of the Technology, Globalization and Culture Series.

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:  http://www.comsol.com/events/cmw/17400/

Seating is limited, so registration in advance is advised.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Nicholas Snaith by email at nicholas@comsol.com 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.


Date: September 7, 2011 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union ClubFest is an opportunity for students to find involvement opportunities that meet their interests outside of class!

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!

Engineering Welcome

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: The green space around the Marston Water Tower

Engineering Student Council would like to invite all Iowa State engineering students to the Engineering Welcome! This is a great opportunity for you to get involved in the College of Engineering! We will have more than 20 engineering student organizations and departments on display. Also don’t miss out on the free cookies and lemonade and the chance to meet other engineering students. Most importantly be sure to attend Dean Wickert’s welcome address at 4:30!

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.

Commit to a Girl

The Iowa State College of Engineering Recruitment & Community Outreach unit has teamed with the Girl Scouts to host “Commit to a Girl Event.” During the event, the groups will honor the Girl Scouts who made up the Flying Monkeys FIRST LEGO League Team that won the 2011 X Prize Global Innovation Award.

Commit to a Girl will be held August 29, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Howe Hall Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

Come welcome the young innovators and help support the efforts of the Iowa Girl Scouts to promote STEM to young women across the state.

Haiti After the Earthquake

Haiti After the Earthquake
Paul Farmer
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 7 p.m., Stephens Auditorium
Admission Free – Doors open at 6 p.m.

Paul Farmer, the subject of Tracy Kidder’s book, has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and co-founder of Partners In Health. His most recent book Haiti After the Earthquake. Other titles include Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader; Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, The Uses of Haiti, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame.

He holds a PhD from Harvard University and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

There will be a book signing immediately following in the Celebrity Café.