Category: Deans Blog

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: 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...]

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 engineer...

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 ...