New Iowa State civil engineering professor promotes big data-seismic engineering research

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In Ho Cho, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, saw a future in earthquake engineering through virtual reality video games. In particular, puzzle building games he played in high school inspired his future research, which combines structural engineering and computational science. “While playing puzzle games, I video-taped [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Nine engineering students learn about the human-centered design process in Central America “The opportunity was great, and I would go back in a heartbeat,” said Michelle Bruns, senior in mechanical engineering, about a recent trip to Nicaragua. Nine students from Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department, as well as Luther College’s biology department, relocated to San [Continue Reading...]

Mingyi Hong: Interacting with students and developing better ways of life

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New IMSE professor brings interdisciplinary background and optimization research to ISU “Joining the faculty of ISU,” answered Mingyi Hong about the best part of his career so far. Hong was recently hired as assistant professor in the IMSE department. He decided to join Iowa State’s faculty because of the university’s strong engineering college and partnerships [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

Martin Thuo: Discovering the knowledge of teaching and problem solving

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Materials engineering department hires assistant professor “Was there another option? I don’t think so. There is just something special about learning something and passing it on to those coming after you,” Martin Thuo said about becoming a professor. Thuo recently joined Iowa State as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. [Continue Reading...]

Identical twins + engineering ≠ identical careers

They look the same, sound the same and possess the same thirst for knowledge and adventure. They even studied engineering for their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Despite these similarities, identical twins Erik and Luke Goetzke chose to pursue different career paths – albeit in the engineering industry. “We’re not the inseparable [Continue Reading...]

New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

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Coming all the way from his home country of Iceland, Leifur Leifsson is excited to begin his career at Iowa State University this fall. He will teach a class on aerodynamics—his favorite subject—and continue his research in surrogate-based optimization. Leifsson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in [Continue Reading...]

Yue Wu: Ignited by a passion in chemistry and nanomaterials

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Chemical and biological engineering department hires associate professor researching nanomaterials A small fire on Yue Wu’s apartment balcony when he was a child created a spark in chemistry and research for Wu that has kept burning ever since. The fire, which he started after trying to make a rocket with different chemicals found in his [Continue Reading...]

Liming Xiong joins aerospace faculty, plans to create new research lab

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As the College of Engineering welcomes several new members to its faculty this fall, the Department of Aerospace Engineering gains professors who intend to build on Iowa State’s growing research program. Liming Xiong has big plans for the university, including integrating materials research into the aerospace engineering discipline. After spending many years working on materials [Continue Reading...]

Alumni and Friends Show Enthusiastic Support for Marston Hall Transformation

Graduates of the Iowa State University College of Engineering and other friends who know the college and the profession well are some of the biggest supporters of the Marston Hall revitalization. These alumni and friends recognize a state-of-the-art facility is needed to address the exciting growth and evolving educational needs of the college. They are [Continue Reading...]

Remembering Leo Peters

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Mechanical engineering professor emeritus, Leo Peters (82) passed away July 20, 2014. Dr. Leo Charles Peters was a presence in the mechanical engineering department for thirty-five years who preferred spending time mentoring students to doing research. Peters served as an academic adviser in addition to being a professor and researcher, and he enjoyed helping foreign [Continue Reading...]

ABE faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

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A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. Michelle Lynn Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the five-year duration of the study will allow the research team to [Continue Reading...]

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Augustine Villa named Cargill Scholar

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A chemical engineering student is learning about advancing the future global economy thanks to a scholarship opportunity. Brain cancer survivor, high school valedictorian and Cargill Global Scholar are just three things Augustine Villa has achieved in his 21 years of life. But that’s not all Villa, who is a chemical engineering major with Spanish minor, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State geotech student presents asphalt research in Spanish

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Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University geotechnical engineering doctoral student, recently presented – in Spanish – at the 9th International Conference of Asphalt. Ng developed a presentation on the modification of asphalt-rubber binders and mixes with polyoctenamer, based on geotechnical engineering research under the direction of Professor Chris Williams. “There is an international push [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

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Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is [Continue Reading...]

New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money

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In collaboration with John Deere, Iowa State University materials engineers developed a new method to quickly and accurately predict fatigue crack growth in metals – a costly engineering problem that is responsible for loss of human life. Fatigue ultimately caused the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota that killed 13 people [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

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Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

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The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.” Most tornadoes (about 90 percent of them) are EF3 or less in intensity. And [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project

Iowa State researchers used a 3-D laser scanner (left) to scan a flood-breached embankment to rapidly and accurately estimate volumetrics of the 2011 Missouri River breach. Field performance testing was used to determine flood damage and recommend assessment, repair and mitigation methods (Pottawattamie County, Iowa).

Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) recently received national recognition for roadway flood damage research. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified an Iowa State research project, “Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair and Mitigation Research,” as a 2014 Sweet 16 High Value Research [Continue Reading...]

Astronaut Clayton Anderson inspires, organizes Iowa State workshop on spaceflight ops

Clayton Anderson waves during a 2007 spacewalk at the International Space Station. Photo by NASA.

AMES, Iowa – The week’s objectives include scuba certification, wilderness survival, skydiving, flight simulation and a virtual visit to the International Space Station. Those objectives are all part of an Iowa State University prototype workshop designed to give six students a taste of the operational aspects of spaceflight training and Iowa State educators a first [Continue Reading...]

Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

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Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had [Continue Reading...]

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

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A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]