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College of Engineering E-News
February 10, 2009

New scholarship program launched

E2020 - Scholars ProgramThe College of Engineering has announced a new scholarship program—E2020—funded by the National Science Foundation. Approximately 23 scholarships ($2,500 per year for four years) will be awarded to first-year and transfer students for fall of 2009 and subsequent years. For a complete description of the program, eligibility requirements, and an online application, check out the E2020 Scholars Program Web site. Applications are due March 15, 2009.

Solar Decathlon team begins construction of Interlock House

Solar Decathlon House

Aaron Brncich from construction engineering and Tim Lentz from mechanical engineering are among the student leaders designing and building the Interlock House, Iowa State University’s entry in the Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon. The multidisciplinary student team, which began designing the solar house more than a year ago, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on January 31. The team will spend the next six months building and testing the house. In the fall, it will be dismantled and transported to Washington, D.C., where it will be reassembled on the National Mall as part of the DOE’s Solar Village October 8–18. (Video and news release)

ECpE robotics researcher focuses on teaching robots to learn

A university news service feature story about Alexander Stoytchev’s work in developmental robotics has attracted interest from both the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. Stoytchev, an ECpE assistant professor, and his students are trying to figure out how a robot can learn what children learn over the first two years of their lives. The long-term goal is for robots to learn how to perform new tasks on their own without human intervention. (News release)

Reminder—Come “twitter” with us February 13

With the College of Engineering now on (, Engineering Communications and Marketing wants to help you join the community. A “Learn@Lunch(time)” is planned for Friday, February 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in 2264 Hoover (enter through 2260 Hoover).

Lin receives NSF CAREER Award

Zhiqun Lin

Zhiqun Lin, MSE assistant professor, is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award. He began work on his project, “Evaporation-Driven Self-Assembly of Hierarchically Ordered Structures from Confined Solutions,” in January. The project goal is to develop a simple, yet robust one-step method via evaporation for creating nanostructured materials with hierarchical order in a precisely controllable manner, dispensing with the need for lithographic techniques and external fields. Two other CAREER award recipients from the College of Engineering—Dionysios Aliprantis, ECpE, and Qingze Zou, ME—were announced in the January 28 E-News.

Fellowships to attend WINDPOWER conference available

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) supports and encourages the participation and advancement of professional women in the wind energy industry. Each year, WoWE awards Rudd Mayer Memorial Fellowships to women college students or recent graduates to attend the premier networking and educational conference for the U.S. wind industry, the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER conference. This year’s event is May 4–7 in Chicago.

Fellows are selected based on their commitment to renewable energy development, academic achievement, and potential for future leadership. Applications are due by March 2, and awardees will be notified by March 31. To learn more and to download a fellowship application, visit the Women of Wind Energy Web site.

Student team selected to compete in NASA rocket challenge

NASA has selected an Iowa State student team as one of 20 teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in the University Student Launch Initiative this spring. John Brendel, AerE1, is leading the 11-person team that is designing and building a rocket for the competition at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (News release)

Mark your calendars!

February 13Learn@Lunch(time), twittering with the College of Engineering, noon–1 p.m., 2264 Hoover

February 26—“Nonrenewable Energy Alternatives and Their Economics,” by Natalie Rolph, chief economist, Black & Veatch Enterprise Management Solutions, as part of the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute thematic year, Energy Security and Sustainability, 7–9 p.m., Howe Hall Alliant Energy-Lee Liu Auditorium

February 28College of Engineering Scholars’ Day, 8:15 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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