College welcomes new IMSE chair
Gary Mirka joined the faculty July 1 as the new chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Prior to coming to Iowa State, Mirka served as a professor, associate department head, and director of graduate programs in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University. Mirka, who earned his PhD at Ohio State University in 1992, has more than $1 million in active research funding and has completed more than $2 million in sponsored projects. Mirka’s primary research interest is ergonomics, including spine biomechanics, cumulative trauma disorders, and biomechanical modeling. (News article)
Workshop draws prospective students
During the next few weeks, 150 high school seniors will spend three days on the Iowa State campus as participants in Engineering & Beyond. Three sessionsJuly 811, 1518, and 2225are filled to capacity with 50 students each. Fifty engineering faculty and staff and five student counselorsMegan Lamb, MSE 3; Bethany Lintin, IMSE 4; John O’Brien, ME 3; Dustin Salmons, AerE 1; and Kristina Staley, CBE 4will help the students explore the breadth of opportunities offered in engineering. The office of Engineering Outreach and Recruitment runs the camp with Sadie Kohlhaas as program coordinator.
The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech University has raised questions about safety on a university campus. A representative of the Iowa State Department of Public Safety (DPS) will give a 30-minute presentation on Tuesday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m. in 209 Marston. Topics that will be discussed include when to call DPS, what constitutes harassment, and what to do in a worst-case scenario. Bring your questions to this interactive presentation.
New technology makes top 10 list
Designated an AE50 winner by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in 2004, a fertilizer application system designed by Mark Hanna, ABE, has now been named one of the top 10 new products of the last 20 years. In honor of its centennial celebration, ASABE selected the top 10 new technologies in agriculture, food, and biological systems industries from among the 1,000 winners chosen since 1987. The awards program focuses on innovative achievements that improve the environment and people's lives.
With research support from the Leopold Center, Hanna and his research team designed the technology that has the potential to reduce the amount of ammonia typically used on crops. Called the Impellicone, the technology is licensed to CDS-John Blue Company, an agricultural equipment manufacturer in Huntsville, Alabama. The technology will be showcased at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Leopold Center on July 11. (News release)
Alum settles into new home in orbit
AerE alum Clay Anderson is now living and working on board the International Space Station. While his Russian colleagues, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov, continue to troubleshoot computers, Anderson has been performing leak checks on the microgravity science glovebox. Anderson and Yurchikhin are also preparing for a spacewalk on July 20. To get Anderson’s perspective on his experience, check out his in-flight journal.
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