Honors and awards

August 2016

Rajala receives national ABET Fellow Award

Sarah Rajala, dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, has been named a 2016 ABET Fellow Award recipient. Rajala has been active in ABET for more than 20 years -- serving as a program evaluator for ASEE and IEEE, a member of the engineering commission representing ASEE and on the engineering commission executive committee for the past six years. Rajala is currently serving in the role of past chair.

Purchasing earns 12th straight national procurement award

The ISU purchasing department recently received the National Purchasing Institute 2016 Award of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award is given to institutions that undergo a peer review of their practices and systems. ISU was one of only three agencies in Iowa and 25 higher education institutions in the United States and Canada to receive the award.  The latest award also puts ISU's purchasing department among a handful of organizations to receive the honor for 12 consecutive years.

VanDerZanden receives award of excellence

Ann Marie VanDerZanden, professor of horticulture and director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), received the 2016 Teaching Award of Excellence from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA). The award is presented to one individual nationally who demonstrates excellence in post-secondary instruction in agriculture. It reflects VanDerZanden's commitment both in the classroom and as a catalyst to help other faculty become excellent teachers through her work with CELT.

Wu receives major honor from chemical engineering group

Yue Wu, ISU's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. This honor recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology by engineers or scientists in the early stages of their professional careers.