Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge

Iowa State's solar car Phaeton races at its best in the blazing heat. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Today went exactly as Team PrISUm had planned for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 180 miles from its overnight stay in Decatur, Texas, and passed Principia College to take third upon arriving at the first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma. Now Phaeton is closing [Continue Reading...]

ELO offers new online certification prep program

The Engineering-LAS Online Learning program is now offering a course for anyone interested in pursuing Methods-Time Measurement Universal Analyzing System (MTM-UAS) certification. The training course discusses construction principles, time elements and simultaneous motions, and methods improvements of MTM-UAS. Those interested in industrial engineering or who have a need to develop optimal work measurement standards and [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

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Kelsey Regan has always had a love for the environment and adventure. As a former runner, Regan trained with Iowa State’s track and field and cross-country teams her first year of college. She left the team when she became injured and realized she wouldn’t continue running much longer. Looking for a new adventure, she took [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm charges through sunny weather, places fourth on first day of American Solar Challenge

Members of Team PrISUm recharge Phaeton's batteries for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Hot, sunny weather and a problem free drive gave Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton a strong head start on the first day of the cross-country American Solar Challenge (ASC). Team PrISUm – the Iowa State students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fourth at the ASC [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

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Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm sets speed record, qualifies for American Solar Challenge

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Despite adverse weather conditions and system bugs, Iowa State’s solar racecar Phaeton set a speed record at the Circuit of Americas this past weekend. Team PrISUm – the students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fifth at the track race hosted by the Formula Sun Grand [Continue Reading...]

AerE alumnus’s career spans three engineering disciplines

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Over the years things change and evolve, but one Iowa State grad stayed true to his roots and found his place in academia. From aerospace to nuclear to mechanical, Gary Pertmer (BS’71 aerospace engineering) has spent more than 40 years blurring boundaries in the engineering field. “Engineering teaches you how to solve problems,” he says. [Continue Reading...]

Helmers to represent ISU in new federal collaboration to address hypoxia in the gulf

Water quality researchers and extension specialists at Iowa State University have joined with scientists at 11 other land-grant universities in the Mississippi River watershed and the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia Task Force in a formal partnership to strengthen efforts to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Helmers, professor of [Continue Reading...]

Agriculture, history and art coalesce at ISU exhibit

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If you stand in just the right spot in the lobby of the shiny new Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, you can see centuries of agricultural history stretching up to the 75-foot ceiling. The story evolves — from an ancient prairie dragonfly to Dolly the cloned sheep — in a series of laser-cut steel [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Laflamme, MIT professor co-author structural engineering textbook

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Civil, construction and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme and his former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) thesis supervisor, Professor Jerome Connor, recently co-authored a textbook on structural motion engineering. The book, aptly titled “Structural Motion Engineering,” reviews formulas and theory based on several topics: calibration of the stiffness of structural columns and beams, passive [Continue Reading...]

Mobile app provides campus tools

Written by Erin Rosacker, Inside Iowa State A completely revamped version of the MyState mobile application for Mac and Android devices rolled out this spring and summer, giving campus newcomers (and veterans) upgraded digital tools in the palm of their hands. “Because of the way the app evolved and grew over time, it was due [Continue Reading...]

ECpE hosts honorary symposium for Aziz Fouad

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The life and career of Aziz Fouad (PhDEE ’56), distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was celebrated during an honorary symposium July 7 at the Memorial Union. Friends, family and colleagues joined in the Campanile Room to honor Professor Fouad and welcome him back to campus. “Whether [Continue Reading...]

ISU Solar Car Team

The Iowa State Solar Car Team is working to finish their latest car before heading to Texas this summer. There they will try to qualify for the 8 day, 1700 mile cross country race from Austin to Minneapolis. The team is hoping to improve on their 2nd place finish in 2012. For more information visit [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners engineering with arts to develop hybrid courses

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Iowa State University’s construction engineering program has partnered engineering students, a multimedia expert, and an alumnus to pilot hybrid learning course development. From 2012 to 2014, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren and his team of engineering students and multimedia experts developed a hybrid learning model that efficiently combines online and in-classroom course content. [Continue Reading...]

Monitoring water quality in Iowa

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A graduate student’s love for the great outdoors inspires him to educate the public about the increasing presence of emerging contaminants – chemical and microbial agents in the environment. Emerging contaminants might be the next big thing when it comes to future policy-making decisions related to human health and water quality, says Maurice Washington. Washington, [Continue Reading...]

Engineering alumnus helps paralyzed man regain movement

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Thanks to technology developed by a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University, a 23-year-old quadriplegic Ohio man has become the first person able to move his paralyzed hand using his thoughts and a microchip sensor implanted in his brain.

Hunger help from the heartland

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Global hunger has no easy answer. But as part of a partnership with the federal government called Feed the Future, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor at Iowa State University, for example, is an expert on fish feed. He says that more nutritious feed, [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Matthew Hake

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Matthew Hake had been the division administrator for the Vermont office of the Federal Highway Administration just two and a half weeks when the unthinkable happened: A massive flood knocked out bridges, destroyed roads, and isolated entire towns [Continue Reading...]

ECpE students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

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by Michael Still The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States. Today, this program continues to recognize and support outstanding graduates in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Iowa State University students [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

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Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth, specifically how variations in climate and soil characteristics affect root growth. That requires highly controlled environments that expose whole plants to environmental [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Justin Ahmann

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Kalispell, Mont., is a long way from Carroll, Iowa. But Carroll native Justin Ahmann (’05 civil engineering) and his wife, Laura, were deliberate about where they wanted to live. Laura is originally from California but went to college [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student engineers met their goal in Formula SAE Lincoln competition

Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team raced all 14 laps around the twisty endurance course at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Airpark last week, piling up enough racing and fuel economy points for a solid return to the competition’s overall top 20. Over the nearly 14-mile endurance race, the team’s car burned 3.616 liters of E-85 fuel, good [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Lisa and Keith Allen

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra You can’t miss Lizzie’s Lunchbox. The hot-pink food truck is a bright burst of color parked between a video store and a carwash in northwest Austin, Texas. Lizzie’s belongs to Iowa State alumni Lisa (’86 business administration) and [Continue Reading...]

Online certificate, Master’s in Energy Systems add to engineering options

The Iowa Board of Regents has recently approved a new Master’s of Engineering in Energy Systems. The 10-course online or on-campus degree is offered through Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and is bolstered by a Graduate Certificate Program and an undergraduate Minor in Energy Systems. “We are pleased the Board of Regents have [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year's racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Greg Bott, finishing a series of 60 mph acceleration runs in a campus parking lot, pulled over to his teammates with a whoop and a double fist pump. “You like?” asked Derek Peters, the technical director of this year’s Iowa State Formula SAE Team. “I like,” said Bott, a senior studying mechanical engineering from Clinton. And then he [Continue Reading...]