Making life better in Iowa

Iowa State University educates nearly 30,000 students each year, from all 50 states and 106 countries. Its faculty and staff participate in research shared with a national and international audience. Iowa State’s global reach – to create, share, and apply knowledge to make the world a better place – is legendary.

But at the heart of Iowa State University’s land-grant mission is its unwavering commitment to serve and educate the people of Iowa. Iowa State educates more Iowans than any other university in the state. Nearly one million Iowans were served last year through ISU Extension and Outreach programs. Extension also assisted more than 1,100 Iowa companies and added or retained more than 5,000 jobs. The university’s $342 million in external grants and contracts last year maintained a strong focus on practical research applied to meeting the needs of Iowans. And Iowa State supports Iowa farmers whose work makes a multi-billion-dollar impact on the state’s economy.

In its people, its research, its economic development, its community support, and in all those intangible “value added” services, Iowa State University is making life better for Iowans.


Good grapes

Iowa’s 90-plus wineries and 300 vineyards are thriving in large part because of the experts at Iowa State’s Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute.

The Institute conducts research on growing cold-hardy grape varieties, helps Iowa winemakers make better-tasting wine, and offers outreach programs and specialized workshops.

Before planting their first grapes in the fertile Iowa soil, John and Rose Guinan, owners of Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, approached Iowa State’s Mike White, viticulture field specialist, for help with their business plan. They also heeded his advice: Spend your first $1,000 on traveling across the Midwest and learning as much as you can.

“We talked to at least 25 wineries,” John said. “We filled notebooks with information.”

The Guinans then attended classes taught by Institute director Murli Dharmadhikari and later asked him to critique their first wines.

“Murli was indispensable,” John said, “and Mike White was instrumental in getting us the details on everything we’d need.

Santa Maria Winery opened in Carroll in 2009 and has become, by all measures, a huge success. The Guinans employ 70 people to run the vineyard, winery, restaurant, event space, and sales. But John is quick to give credit to the Institute that helped launch the business.

“We’d have never made it off the ground with any degree of efficiency or accomplishment [without the Institute],” he said. “They’re absolute pros.”

Technology licensing ‘powerhouse’

A National Science Foundation study calls Iowa State University a technology licensing “powerhouse.” What does that mean to Iowans? It means that the research and discovery at Iowa State translates into new businesses, employment growth, and economic development for the state.

High return on investment

•    Of Iowa State’s $1.069 billion total budget, only $236 million (22%) comes from State of Iowa appropriations.
•    ISU channels $1.5 billion into the state economy annually, more than six times the state’s appropriation.

Research Park boosts economic development

Turning research discoveries into cutting-edge products often begins at the ISU Research Park, where more than 60 companies are currently receiving start-up assistance. More than $135 million in direct economic activity grows to $202 million in goods and services, $65 million in labor, and about 1,390 jobs when supplier activity is added and it ripples into the state’s economy. Park tenants have doubled over the last decade, and the not-for-profit corporation plans a 100-acre expansion in 2012.

Statewide impact

Through the Small Development Centers across Iowa, ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), and Iowa State’s Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT), Iowa State University assisted more than 1,100 Iowa companies and helped add or retain more than 5,000 jobs in Fiscal Year 2010.

Startup software company offers high-tech look inside the human body

Imagine a surgeon being able to “travel” under a patient’s skin, past the bones, through the arteries, blood vessels, and organs, and virtually “fly” through the body. Software developed by engineering professors at Iowa State can do all that and more.

Leveraging expertise developed as the leaders of Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Application Center, James Oliver and Eliot Winer created the BodyViz 3-D software company along with an endoscopic surgeon, Thom Lobe. BodyViz can be used with MRI or CT scans in hospital settings and for teaching medical students. The user interface is operated by an Xbox 360 game controller, and the software can be used on an ordinary laptop or PC.

“We started the company with one goal: to make an inexpensive and easy-to-use medical visualization system,” said Oliver. “Our market niche is physicians, who think more three-dimensionally than do radiology technicians, who read scans one slice at a time.”

BodyViz, located at the ISU Research Park, was awarded the prestigious Prometheus Award for Breakout Company of the Year for 2011 by the Technology Association of Iowa.

Iowa State University attracts businesses to locate in Iowa

Case study #1: Laboratoria Hirpa
•    Laboratoria Hipra, a multinational animal health company based in Spain, chose to locate in Iowa because of Iowa State’s strengths in animal health and biologics, infrastructure support, and proximity to the National Animal Disease Center
•    The company’s North American head-quarters, research and development, and production facility will be in the ISU Research Park in Ames
•    With a $68 million capital investment and initial workforce of 60 employees, the total economic impact for Iowa is expected to
be more than $10 million annually

Case study #2: Dupont Danisco
•    DuPont Danisco, a cellulosic ethanol production facility to be built in Story County, chose to locate in Iowa because of Iowa State’s investments and strengths in biorenewables and ISU’s partnership with DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred
•    The company will open in 2013, employ 60 people, and process 300,000 tons of cellulosic material annually
•    With a $275.5 million capital investment, the total economic impact for Iowa is expected to be more than $30 million annually

ISU Extension: Serving Iowa communities

You need training to care for an elderly family member. And you need assistance in improving the efficiency of your manufacturing company. And you want to begin a recycling program in your community.

Quick: Who do you call?

The answer to all three scenarios is both simple and complex. Iowa State University Extension offers services to assist Iowans with these three needs and thousands more. But the enormity of the organization is staggering.

“We’re a complex organization,” says Cathann Kress, ISU vice president for Extension and Outreach. “Sometimes people know about 4-H or CIRAS [Center for Industrial Research and Service] but they don’t realize that, well, those are part of Extension. I think there are a lot of people who have this stereotype that Extension is simply the old ag agent who would come out to the farm. They don’t realize the bigger story of what Extension is about.”

The quick answer to “what is Extension?” is: Extension provides access to education to anyone who wants to use it to enhance the quality of life for their family, their community, and the state.

According to Kress, three things make Extension unique. First, Extension can anticipate needs because of its relation-ships all across the state. Second, Extension is a catalyst to bring people together. And third, Extension staffers are in it for the long haul.

“We don’t come in after a crisis and are there for a few weeks and leave,” Kress says. “We don’t just set up our tent because there’s a particular issue right now or money right now. We’re there for the long haul.”

The specifics of what Extension is and what Extension does for the state of Iowa could fill this magazine 10 times over. Here are a few general areas in which Extension educates and serves:

•    Agriculture and natural resources
•    Industrial research and service
•    Community and economic development
•    Parenting and families
•    Gardening
•    Healthy living
•    Children and youth, including 4-H
•    Disaster recovery
•    Business and community leadership

“Iowa State University is impacting this state in ways that most people may have never imagined,” Kress says. “I think a lot of Iowans would be stunned to realize that ISU Extension has been working with small manufacturers of, say, 50 people and helping them to move their companies to employing 100 people. I think that they would be stunned to learn that the revitalization of Ottumwa’s main street was through the efforts of Extension and Iowa State University. Childcare training, nutrition efforts, local farm-to-food efforts are all underway because Iowa State University is dedicating expertise and people to making those things a reality all across our state. I really think that people would be stunned and amazed.”

Kress said the challenge in today’s world is how to bring the services of Extension to the people of Iowa in ways that are meaningful to them. Gone are the days of the “Noah’s Ark model” (two in every county), she says. Today, Extension programs must be staffed very differently, for example, for 4-H and natural resources. Some programs need an army of staff, while other programs can be delivered in a virtual mode.

“One size does not fit all,” she says. “We’re trying to be a little savvier, so instead of having just one delivery method – which is the intensive resource county educator who’s connected to the specialist who’s connected to the faculty member – we’re trying to think about how we staff and deliver programs.”


Cathann Kress: A commitment to education

Cathann Kress is a product of Iowa’s commitment to education.

Iowa State’s new vice president for Extension and Outreach is a native of Sharon Center, Iowa. “I had a terrific high school education,” she said. “I attended both Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, and I had phenomenal experiences. When I was young I assumed everybody had these kinds of experiences. Now, after being in many states working at several different institutions and also working in the federal government, what has become very, very clear to me is there’s something special here.”

Kress began her new role at Iowa State on July 1. A 1983 ISU graduate with a degree in social work, she taught psychology at Kirkwood Community College and later served as a youth development specialist and a youth and family violence specialist for ISU Extension.

More recently, she was assistant director of Cornell University’s cooperative extension and the New York state program leader for 4-H Youth Development. She served as director of youth development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service in Washington, D.C., for six years and served as senior policy analyst and program lead for Military Community and Family Policy for the U.S. Department of Defense.

“Iowans have had this commitment to education from early in our history,” Kress said. “And now you see it being reaffirmed. The governor is putting the challenge out there for Iowans to lead in terms of education because we recognize that an educated citizenry is really going to be a citizenry of leaders. And I think Extension and Outreach is perfectly poised to assist with that.

“To get to be part of the fabric of these communities at a time when there is this movement underway to renew our commitment to education, I just think it’s a terrific opportunity and very exciting.”


4-H: Learning by doing, leading by example

Iowa 4-H, a program of Iowa State University Extension, has helped Iowa’s youthful citizens “learn by doing” for more than 100 years.

And research shows that the leadership, citizenship, and life skills learned in 4-H translate into stronger leadership and community participation as adults.

In the early days of the program, boys joined “corn clubs” and became early adopters of the new hybrid seed corn technologies. Girls in 4-H “canning clubs” literally changed the diets of the American people through better food preservation techniques.

“The technology needed at that time was very much in those production and
agricultural pursuits,” said Cathann Kress, vice president for Extension and Outreach at Iowa State. “The good news is we’ve kept up with technology, and we’re still working with young people to be productive, whether it’s the use of GPS technologies or new research on bioenergy or the use of computers.”

One program that focuses on the latest technologies is the E-SET (Extension Science, Engineering, and Technology) initiative, which partners with Iowa businesses and industries to increase access to quality STEM (science, tech-nology, engineering, math) educational experiences. Students have opportunities in the areas of robotics, alternative energy, sustainable living, climate, and computer-related technologies.

“Through that ‘learning by doing’ these students end up changing their communities and changing the world,” Kress said. “And I think that’s a really powerful thing.”

Extension: The numbers tell the story

•    Businesses from 97 counties received assistance on projects or attended educational workshops from ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) staff or partners.
•    Company executives reported that 5,254 jobs were added or retained as a result of the research, technical assistance, or education they received from CIRAS and its partners.
•    In addition to direct project and workshop assistance to companies, CIRAS staff provided educational information to more than 9,000 Iowans.
•    226,828 Iowans called ISU Extension hotlines, received newsletters, or had
individual consultations related to
family matters or agriculture and
natural resources issues.
•    One in five Iowa school-age youth participated in 4-H Youth Development programs.
•    271,061 Iowans participated in ISU Extension noncredit workshops,
conferences, meetings, and home study programs to increase their understanding and skills related to agricultural enterprise management, natural resource protection, economic development, and family issues.
•    Nearly 300 municipal employees participated in the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy.
•    In total, more than 943,000 Iowans were served by ISU Extension programs.

Iowa’s living roadways

Last year, 12 communities participated in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program, administered through ISU Extension; 161 local leaders were trained in this program that integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to help community leaders and volunteers make sound decisions about the local landscape. This year, another dozen communities – Brighton, Elk Horn, Kimballton, Lisbon, Madrid, McGregor, Monroe, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Prairie City, Rockwell City, and Sidney – are participating in the program. Since 1996, 172 Iowa communities have benefitted from the program, which is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation in partnership with ISU Landscape Architecture Extension and Trees Forever.

Extension is there when disaster strikes

Floods, storms, and other natural disasters can cripple a community. ISU Extension provides resources to cope with disasters and the aftermath, from cleaning up to dealing with stress to getting a business back on its feet to sorting out the damage to agricultural crops.

Better business

Iowa State’s 16 Small Business Development Centers serve businesses and entrepreneurs in all 99 Iowa counties. In Fiscal Year 2011, SBDC’s professional business advisors helped more than 2,600 clients to obtain more than $42 million in financing, create or retain 1,900 jobs, and grow 15 times faster than the average small business in the state.

Picture this

As part of ISU’s 2011 Iowa State Fair display, ISU Extension launched an interactive website, “Main Street Engaging ISU,” that showcases how Iowa State University makes a difference in Iowa communities. Iowans across the state have participated in the project, sending photos and brief descriptions of how Iowa State is making their communities better. As of press time, 1,575 photos had been submitted, with every county participating. Visit the site and send your own photos:

Top research university

Iowa State University is one of 35 public research universities in the nation to be a member of the Association of American Universities.

Studying Iowa’s climate

“Climate change is affecting how Iowans live and work,” says a study by the Iowa Climate Change Committee.The committee was made up of researchers from the three Iowa regent universities. The 2010 report included the findings of some of Iowa State University’s top climate researchers. “Current state climate changes are linked, in very complex and sometimes yet-unknown ways, to global climate change,” said Gene Takle, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences and agronomy and director of the university’s climate science program. “Some changes, such as the increased frequency of precipitation extremes that lead to flooding, have seriously affected the state in a negative way. Others, such as more favorable summer growing conditions, have benefitted the state’s economy.”

The Farm Poll

The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll has been around since 1982, helping Iowans understand how the ongoing changes in the state’s rural areas affect farmers and rural society as a whole. The annual survey on agriculture and rural life covers topics as diverse as community life and neighboring, population loss, agritourism, and the next generation of farmers. The poll is a cooperative project at Iowa State.

Innovative partnerships

Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides one-stop shopping for Iowa businesses and industries that wish to partner with Iowa State researchers. “I want to keep Iowa State as free of institutional road blocks as possible,” says Sharron Quisenberry, VP for Research and Economic Development. “Researchers, as well as industry collaborators, need an efficient and supportive environment in which to work and to move their discoveries and innovations from the laboratories into the world beyond.”

Biorenewables leader

Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute is leading the development of new sources of energy, fuels, chemicals, and other materials from renewable resources – for Iowa and the nation.

•    Iowa State’s Biorenewables Complex provides a visible “front door” to the university’s diverse and broad-reaching programs in biorenewables. Phase I of the complex (the Biorenewables Research Laboratory) opened in 2010; ground was broken on Phase II of the project in October 2011. Funded by state and private dollars, the completed project will include three buildings connected by an 8,000-square-foot atrium.
•    Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation research and demonstration farm devoted to biomass production and processing.
•    Researchers are developing attachments that allow conventional combines to harvest corn stover (below), which can be used as fuel.
•    In 2007 ConocoPhillips established a $22.5 million biofuels research program at Iowa State. The collaboration has supported dozens of research projects.
•    Researchers at Iowa State are studying microalgae’s ability to generate renewable biofuels and chemicals.
•    In September 2011, an ISU-led research group was awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study land use and biofuel production.

These are just a few highlights of Iowa State’s leadership in the bioeconomy.
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Brent Shanks: Iowa can become a leader in biorenewable chemical technology

When the National Science Foundation was conducting a national competition to establish its new round of prestigious Engineering Research Centers, it made sense to support one focused on biorenewable chemicals in Iowa, one of the nation’s premier agricultural states. And it made sense to award the grant for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals to Iowa State, one of the nation’s premier research universities.

Brent Shanks, the Center’s director, says that Iowa obviously has the farms – and the efficient farmers – to grow feedstock for food and also for fuel and chemicals as the country is forced to become less dependent on crude oil.

But Iowa also has the technological resources to do more.

“The state of Iowa is at a very important branch point,” Shanks, the Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering, says. “As a state, we have a choice. We can say what we’re going to do is be very good at developing the feedstock that feeds the [biofuel and biochemical] industry, but then we’re just going to be a net exporter of feedstock. Or we can become a processing technology player. We’re going to get job growth if we make products out of the feedstock as opposed to being just a raw materials supplier for the country.”

The three-year-old Center for Biorenewable Chemicals is conducting cutting-edge research that will literally transform the existing chemical industry and create new startup companies. Additionally, the Center is partnering with Des Moines middle school and high school teachers to provide meaningful and lasting educational programs through summer immersion workshops, learning communities, and graduate student assistantships in the science classrooms.

Attracting industrial partners is also central to the Center’s mission, and the confluence of technology experts here has attracted interest throughout the U.S. and as far away as Europe and Japan.

“Commonly, some of these large multinational corporations say, ‘Well, I’ve flown over Iowa, but I’ve never really been there,’” Shanks says. “I think having them come here and see this Center is positive for the state. It might just plant a seed with some of those companies to think about expanding here, whereas it might not have been on the radar screen before.”

Agriculture is key to economic growth

A new report makes the case that agriculture and agri-cultural sciences are poised to drive economic growth and job creation to new heights – with the essential research and extension support of land-grant universities like Iowa State.

The report, “Power and Promise: Agbioscience in the North Central United States,” was released by Battelle research and development group Aug. 1.

“The report makes it abundantly clear that land-grant universities are core institutions to address national and global needs in agricultural productivity, food security, human health, and environmental quality,” said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, “This report confirms what I have been seeing around the state: that agriculture and agricultural sciences are key economic drivers in Iowa. It is vital that we have the education system in place so that we have
the employees equipped to take advantage of the opportunities available.”

Protecting our water supply

•    Iowa State University researchers are looking at the effects of organic farming
on water quality. Thirty plots on the ISU Agronomy Farm in Boone County will be connected to data-loggers that read water flow and nutrient analysis.
•    The Iowa Water Center at Iowa State University is part of a nationwide network
of state water resources institutes located at land-grant universities. The Center will hold its 2012 Iowa Water Conference March 6-7 at the Iowa State Center.
•    When Iowa’s water resources are threatened by agricultural pollutants, ISU Agronomy Extension provides effective management methods that reduce
pollution while maintaining farm profitability.

Learning on the road

ISU Extension’s “Iowa Learning Farms” program works across Iowa to encourage conservation practices on Iowa’s farms. A new mobile learning center, the “Conservation Station” has traveled to farmers’ markets, county fairs, and elementary schools.

Tomatoes everywhere!

Studies at Iowa State’s Research and Demonstration Farms show that Iowa’s commercial growers can nearly double their production of tomatoes through succession plantings, using a high tunnel for their early and late crops and fields for their mid-season crops.

More watermelons.
More profit.

Over the past 75 years, Iowa State research and outreach have helped watermelon growers in Muscatine experience a 400% increase in yields, from 5 tons per acre to 20 tons per acre.

Iowa tourism

More than 225 people from 42 states participated in ISU’s “Road Scholar” program. Marketed to a national audience, this Iowa travel program was developed by ISU Extension and includes themes such as “Exploring Uncommon Communities” and “Upper Mississippi River Reflection.” In 2010, the program benefitted more than 100 businesses, with a total economic impact estimated at nearly $290,000. And the money stayed in the local communities.

Sustainable agriculture

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

One Health

The One Health Commission – a globally focused organization dedicated to promoting improved health of plants, animals, and the environment – chose the Iowa State University Research Park as the location of its headquarters.

Improving STEM education: Science, technology, education, math

Iowa State’s Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education conducts innovative research to create change in STEM education in Iowa. Goals include improving the performance of Iowa youth in science and math and improving the quality and number of Iowa science and math teachers.

Opportunities for students from every county

The Hixson Opportunity Award is a need-based grant given annually to 100 high school seniors from across Iowa – one from each county in the state. Students who receive the award have shown great personal and/or financial hardship but also possess tremendous potential for success. The program, which was established in 1995 through the generosity of Christina Hixson, has today helped educate a total of 1,671 students, of whom 989 have already graduated. Of those graduates of the Hixson program, 82% currently live and work in the state of Iowa. (Numbers are as of August 2011.)

Iowa’s top scholars choose Iowa State

Iowa’s top high school grads have their choice of colleges anywhere in the country. Yet 12 students named to the Des Moines Register’s 2011 Academic All-State Team chose to attend Iowa State University. Their majors range from aerospace engineering to animal science to architecture.

Top educator

Sarah Brown Wessling, a 1998 graduate from Iowa State’s English education program (master’s ’03) was honored as the 2010 National Teacher of the Year. Wessling is a Johnston (Iowa) High School language arts teacher.

Fall 2011: Record-setting enrollment

• Record total enrollment: 29,887
• Largest freshman class: 5,048
(3,105 are Iowans)
• Record number of new transfer students: 1,781 (1,050 are from Iowa community colleges)
• Most diverse student enrollment in Iowa State history: 21.31% are U.S. minority or international students
• Increase in non-resident students: 11,361 students are from out of state, up from 10,234 in fall 2010


Iowa State’s 2011-2012 student body is the largest and most diverse in history. Front row from left, Dan McCoy, Lakeville, Minn.; Hannah Vetter, St. Louis, Mo.; Kayla Nielsen, New Hartford, Iowa; back row: Afifah Abdul-Rahim, Singapore; Evan Brehm, Van Horn, Iowa

Family ties: Iowa State education prepares
Susanne Veatch to lead the family business

When Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch was growing up, her father never pressured her to go to work in the family business, Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg, Iowa.

But when it came time to go off to  college, Veatch knew that it was likely that she’d one day come back to the company her father, Jon Kinzenbaw, started in 1965. So she chose to attend Iowa State University.

“I liked the fact that Iowa State is an ag-based college, and I knew that I would likely go into business and that Iowa State also had a very good business school,” Veatch explained.

She received “solid classroom instruction” in ISU’s College of Business, teamwork experience through the college’s clubs and activities, and important professional training with internships at Pella Corp. and Maytag.

After graduating in 2001 with a degree in finance and management information systems, Veatch went to work for Caterpillar in Aurora, Ill.

“My dad said, ‘I never want you to feel forced to come back to the business; however, if you do decide to come back I want you to go somewhere for at least four years and be successful because the employees will have a much better respect for you coming back into the business than to just come back immediately after graduating from college.’”

Following four years at Caterpillar, Veatch was ready to join the family business. She’s currently the vice president and chief marketing officer at Kinze Manufacturing. Kinze is one of the largest farm implement companies in the U.S.

Veatch says that despite the economic downturn, Kinze is growing.

“We’ve had two very, very good years, and next year could be our best year ever,” she said.

A snapshot of Iowa State alumni leaders in the state of Iowa:

•    Ric Jurgens (’71 industrial administration), chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee
•    U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (’62 government)
•    Des Moines attorney Steve Zumbach (’73 ag business, PhD 80 economics)
•    Former lieutenant governor of Iowa Sally Pederson (’73 institution management)
•    Ann Fields (’92 ag business, MS ’94 economics, PhD ’01 educational leadership & policy studies), president of William Penn University
•    Dennis Choate (’82 business administration), CEO of Quaker Oats
•    Terry Rich (’74 speech communication), CEO of Iowa Lottery
•    Jane Patrick Sturgeon (’85 accounting), CEO of Barr-Nunn Transportation
•    National Pork Producers CEO Neil Dierks (’79 speech communication)
•    Suku Radia (’74 accounting & industrial administration), president, Bankers Trust of Des Moines
•    Eric Crowell (’80 industrial administration), president & CEO of Iowa Health Systems, Des Moines
•    Jerald Dittmer (’80 accounting and industrial administration), executive vice president of HNI Corporation and president of The HON Company in Muscatine
•    Glenn DeStigter (’66 construction engineering), executive chairman, the Weitz Company
•    Deborah Turner (’73 distributed studies), medical director of gynecologic oncology services, Mercy Hospital
•    Art Wittmack (’70 civil engineering), president and CEO, Science Center of Iowa
•    Rob Denson (’70 political science, MS ’72 higher education administration), president of Des Moines Area Community College
•    Phil Hodgin (’82 architecture), partner/architect, RDG Planning & Design
•    Jack Cosgrove (’56 electrical engineering), retired president, Rockwell Collins
•    Jan Schuiteman (’74 doctor of veterinary medicine), CEO, Trans Ova Genetic Advancement Center, Sioux Center

Did you know?

More dieticians in the state have degrees from Iowa State than from any other college or university.

63% of licensed landscape architects in Iowa are Iowa State graduates.

84% of agricultural bankers in Iowa are graduates of Iowa State University.

Three out of 5 licensed architects in Iowa are Iowa State graduates.

87% of Iowa high school agriculture teachers are Iowa State graduates.

In 2010, Iowa State University graduated more physics teachers than any other university or college in the state.

75% of licensed veterinarians in the state of Iowa are Iowa State graduates.