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College of Engineering E-News September 28, 2010
Career Fair 2010

Students make the most of career fair opportunity

Despite heavy rainfall and a temporary location, engineering students flocked to the career fair Tuesday and found company representatives happy to meet them. Based on real-time tracking used at the event, more than 3,800 students participated, which means that attendance was comparable to numbers from recent years. The day was followed by 835 interviews of students by employers. (Career fair news release)

College ranks high in recruiter picks among Top 100

The College of Engineering ranked No. 14 overall among engineering programs in the Wall Street Journal rankings of Top 25 Recruiter picks. Iowa State University made The Next 20 list. Determined by a survey of corporate recruiters, the rankings were also reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

BRLBiorenewables Research Laboratory opens doors to collaboration

Iowa State University's new Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL), formally dedicated on September 17, establishes a visible "front door" to the university's diverse and broad-reaching programs in biorenewables. Construction of the environmentally friendly building, located on the west side of campus between the College of Design and Howe Hall, was made possible through a $32 million appropriation from the State of Iowa. (BRL news release and video)

ChemE student to speak at national conference of influential women

Meredith GibsonMeredith Gibson, junior in chemical engineering, will be a guest speaker at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. Gibson was chosen to speak because of her involvement in engineering at Iowa State and her participation in the National Math and Science Young Leaders Program (NMSYLP) last July. Gibson is one of only two college women from the NMSYLP invited to the summit and the only college student guest speaker. (Student news item)

Big scholarship leads to priceless story

A $100,000  Proton Energy Scholarship is allowing Alexandra Olivares, a freshman in biosystems engineering, to pursue her academic dreams at Iowa State. (Scholarship news item)

Engineering students awarded international scholarship

Erica Jensen and Adam Tyler

Erica Jensen, a junior in industrial engineering, and Adam Tyler, a junior in civil engineering, have each been selected to receive a  Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship toward their study abroad experience this fall and spring semesters.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is a highly competitive national study abroad program that offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. (Gilman Scholars news release)

Wind energy short course offered for industry professionals, policymakers

Iowa State University is offering a new two-day short course for industry professionals called Midwestern Wind Energy: Beyond 20% in 2030 on October 27-28 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, Iowa. The course is targeted for professionals involved in or interested in utility-scale wind generation, government policymakers, wind energy promotional organizations, wind energy developers, system planners and engineers, renewable energy advocates, managers and engineers at municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, and utility operators. (Wind news release)

ISU graduates leverage university resources to fast-track bio-oil enterprise

Avello team

Iowa State University graduates Jared Brown, Cody Ellens, and Anthony Pollard have been featured in an article published by Biorefining Magazine. The article focuses on the group's startup, Avello, and their partnerships with ISU resources such as the Bioeconomy Institute and the BioCentury Research Farm. (Full magazine article)

Exchange program gives students international opportunities to study biorenewables

October 1 is the deadline for seniors and graduate students to apply for an educational exchange program to study and research biorenewables, bioproducts, and food processing in Europe this spring semester. (Exchange news release)

E-News schedule

E-News is published twice a month during the academic year. The next issue will be published on October 12, 2010. If you have news items or event dates to include, please send them to Eric Dieterle by October 5.

Mark your calendars!

September 29--President and Provost visit

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