Somani named Distinguished Professor
Arun K. Somani, the Jerry R. Junkins Chair Professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, has been named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering. He is one of six Iowa State faculty members awarded the title of Distinguished Professor or University Professor this spring. They will be honored at the university convocation and awards ceremony September 10. (Feature article)
Three Iowa Staters helped at the three-day competition. Brandon Newendorp, senior in computer engineering, was a referee; Jake Ingman, mechanical engineering and human computer interaction alum, was field manager; and Camille Schroeder, director of K-12 outreach, served as judge advisor, overseeing all of the judging.
Later this month, Cedar Falls, the runner-up from the Iowa FLL, will compete in the FLL European Open in Norway, representing the United States as one of only six North American teams invited to participate.
Alum prepares for June space flight
Clay Anderson, the first Iowa State alum to become an astronaut, is preparing to go to the International Space Station. Anderson, who earned his MS in aerospace engineering in 1983, is slated to be on board the space shuttle Atlantis for the June 8 launch from Kennedy Space Center. (News release)
Graduate students honored
Twelve graduate students in the College of Engineering received spring 2007 Teaching and Research Excellence awards from the Iowa State Graduate College.
The teaching excellence winners are Suphalat Chittamvanich, IMSE; Hemanth Porumamilla, ME; Daniel Helvick, ECpE; Philip Reusswig, ECpE; Hakan Topakkaya, ECpE; and Shuning Wu, IMSE.
The research excellence winners are Jae Ho Ho, CCEE; Samantha Hockerman, CCEE; Piyamart Kumsaikaew, IMSE; Zhenhui Shen, ECpE; Jin Sun, ME; and Changyan Zhou, ECpE.
Solar car tours Iowa
Thirteen members of Iowa State University's Team PrISUm will take Fusion, the 2005 solar race car, on a SunRun around the state May 7-11. They will show the car to elementary, middle school, and high school students. They will also stop at a community college, an aviation museum, and the Science Center of Iowa. They will talk about the value of renewable energy and the fun of innovation and answer questions about the car, which is designed, built, and raced by Iowa State students. (News release)
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