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College of Engineering Alumni E-News July 2011

Steve MickelsonMickelson to head agricultural and biosystems engineering department

Steve Mickelson, professor of Iowa State University's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, will become the next chair of the department as well as the inaugural recipient of the Charles R. and Jane F. Olsen Professorship in Engineering. (Mickelson release)

Alumnus is named new ECE chair at Rowan University

When Robi Polikar was selected as chair of Rowan University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, it was a unanimous decision. In addition to becoming chair, he was promoted to full professor, a journey he says he began when he first set foot on campus. (Polikar story)

Bryce FreemanBryce Freeman excels at P&G after Iowa State

Bryce Freeman can be described in many ways, but three words best capture his essence: determination,motivation, and dedication. During his 14 years with P&G, Freeman has created a name for himself by improving manufacturing capability and product quality. (Freeman story)

ME professor named 2011 ASME Fellow

Ted Heindel, interim chair for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Bergles Professor of Thermal Science, researches multiphase flow systems in a revolutionary way. His discoveries on the topic are, in part, why he was named a 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow. (Heindel release)

Bob and Kristine SandageAlumni couple transform historic home into brewpub

Bob and Kristine Sandage always dreamt of owning and running a brewpub. Only three days after selling his engineering business of 15 years, a historic home they admired went into foreclosure and would become the place where their dream would turn into a reality. Now, two years of renovations later, the Wrecking Bar Brewpub is open for business. (Sandage story)


Increasing wind energy education

Wind energy in Iowa is an ever-growing industry that has escalated rapidly in the past decade. The College of Engineering has created more classes to meet the growing demand for wind energy education and hopes to graduate well-rounded students who can advance the wind energy industry. (Wind energy story)

Dalal receives IBM faculty award

Vikram Dalal, Thomas M. Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently received the 2011 IBM Faculty Award, which came with $38,000 to aid his solar energy research. (Dalal release)

LunaCY member shares team's experience at NASA Lunabotics competition

In May, Team LunaCY made a 1,400-mile journey to compete in the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Although the team did not reach the success they had hoped for, they impressed the judges and learned what to improve for next year. (LunaCY story)

Robotics CampYoung students explore robotics during engineering camp

Learning to build and program an autonomous robot in one day may sound like a big challenge for 8-14 year olds, but the kids at Robotics Camp on June 16 didn't seem to have any troubles with it. (Robotics story)

News and media spotlights

Boaters, swimmers on Iowa lakes may see cleaner water after ISU study – July 12

Iowa State faculty treasure connections with NASA, comment on Friday's space launch – July 12

Ethanol plant to be built in Central Iowa – July 6

Intelligent construction practices developed for roads also apply to levee construction – June 27

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