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Digging deeper into current events via in-depth conversations with engineering faculty, alums and students at Iowa State University

Podcast transcripts are available at https://news.engineering.iastate.edu/factoranalysis/

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Digging deeper into current events via in-depth conversations with engineering faculty, alums and students at Iowa State University

Podcast transcripts are available at https://news.engineering.iastate.edu/factoranalysis/

    EP208: An Emergency Response

    EP208: An Emergency Response

    In this episode, we speak with Jesse White, a 2018 mechanical engineering graduate who is part of a team with the Army Corps of Engineers that built a field hospital in McCormick Place in Chicago, adding 3000 beds in under a month for Cook County's efforts to treat patients who test positive for COVID-19.

    • 14 min
    EP207: A Fitbit, But For Plants

    EP207: A Fitbit, But For Plants

    In this episode of Factor Analysis, we speak with electrical engineering expert Dr. Liang Dong, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.

    Dr. Dong is in the process of developing a Fitbit-like device for crops such as corn with the potential to lower the amount of money farmers put toward water — resulting in economical farming methods and cheaper foods on grocery store shelves.

    • 11 min
    EP206: CyberSafety during COVID-19

    EP206: CyberSafety during COVID-19

    In this special #SocialDistancing episode of Factor Analysis, we speak with CyberSecurity expert and University Professor Doug Jacobson about the need for extra precaution as the world moves even further online. Dr. Jacobson offers insight and tips on what to be looking for, and how to avoid potentially costly mishaps online.

    • 10 min
    EP205: Coming Together at the Seams

    EP205: Coming Together at the Seams

    James McCalley, London Professor of Power Systems Engineering in Iowa State's Department of Electrical Engineering, has spent more than a decade working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to evaluate methods of effectively connecting the main US power grid systems to allow efficient transfer of renewable energy from coast to coast. Dr. McCalley recently sat down with Factor Analysis to explain the challenges and obstacles, as well as the benefits of this study.

    • 14 min
    EP204: An Adventure In Confidence

    EP204: An Adventure In Confidence

    Take a look inside Iowa State's mentoring program designed to provide professional development for international students and build community between international and domestic graduate students.

    • 8 min
    EP203: Engineering Apple Park to “Think Different”

    EP203: Engineering Apple Park to “Think Different”

    When you are engineering a project for one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world, perfection isn’t an option … it’s a requirement.

    In this episode of Factor Analysis, we dive into conversation with Eric Borchers, a 2005 civil engineering graduate and one of the engineers to work on Apple Park, Apple’s new global headquarters in Cupertino, California. Borchers takes us inside some of the unique features of the campus and explains the complexities surrounding a project of this size and importance.

    • 14 min

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