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  • 06/18/2012

    Mufit Akinc, an Ames Laboratory associate and a faculty member at Iowa State University since 1981, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering effective July 30. He succeeds Jonathan Wickert, who will assume the role of senior vice president and provost at Iowa State on the same date.

    Akinc is a professor of materials science and engineering and has led the college’s international engagement initiative since 2010. He also holds a courtesy appointment in chemical and biological engineering.

  • 06/18/2012

    Iowa State University’s College of Engineering has named Kristen Constant chair of its materials science and engineering program. Her appointment will begin July 1, 2012. She was identified through an internal search to replace Richard LeSar, chair since 2006, who is stepping down to devote more time to his research activities.

    Constant joined the Iowa State faculty in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2011. She is also an associate scientist at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

  • 04/23/2012

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have designed a method to evaluate different conductors for use in metamaterial structures, which are engineered to exhibit properties not possible in natural materials. The work was reported this month in Nature Photonics.

  • 04/16/2012

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the list of 113 regional middle and high school finalists that will compete in the Energy Department’s National Science Bowl Finals in Washington, D.C., at the end of April. Since January, nearly 14,000 students have competed in regional tournaments in which teams of four or five students were tested via a fast-paced Jeopardy-style format on a range of science-related topics including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy and math.

  • 04/09/2012

    Scientists have overcome a major hurdle facing quantum computing: how to protect quantum information from degradation by the environment while simultaneously performing computation in a solid-state quantum system. The research was reported in the April 5 issue of Nature.