Guest post: The best way to spend the summer

Camille Sloan Schroeder, who oversees K-12 community outreach for Iowa State’s College of Engineering, talks about the enjoyment of providing kids and teachers with a summer full of creativity, learning and fun.  How was your summer? In Engineering Community Outreach we have a simple, one-word answer that sums it all up: Busy. While the K-12 schools are out of [Continue Reading…]

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…]

Reflections on the start of a new academic year

Sarah RajalaThis is the start of my first academic year in the College of Engineering. Spring and summer were very enjoyable, but there is nothing like the beginning of a new college year. It’s an exciting time on campus – not only for students, but also faculty, staff and everyone associated with the university. Our college [Continue Reading…]

Ten weeks and counting

Sarah RajalaThe last time I shared thoughts in this blog I had just started in my position as dean of the College of Engineering. I’d like to thank everyone who made comments and sent emails after my first post. I think open and ongoing communication is essential to good leadership – I plan on sharing information [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…]

Engineering is my passion

Greetings from the new dean in the Iowa State College of Engineering! My name is Sarah Rajala, and I officially began my duties on April 1. I am so excited to be here on campus. I consider it an honor to lead such an internationally recognized engineering college, and I plan to build on the [Continue Reading…]

Reflections on serving as interim dean

On July 30 of last year, I was named interim dean of the College of Engineering. It was a time of leadership transition, and I was honored to serve in this capacity. Jonathan Wickert left the college in great shape when he became senior vice president and provost of the university. The last eight months [Continue Reading…]