Q&A with ME alum Srikanth Padmanabhan

Srikanth Padmanabhan (PhDME ’91) – President of Engine Business at Cummins Inc. – visited campus earlier this semester and sat down with ME Communications Specialist Nick Fetty to discuss his upbringing in India, his experiences as a student at Iowa State, his memories of Iowa, Cyclone basketball during the Fred Hoiberg Jeff Grayer playing days, [Continue Reading…]

ME’s Claussen uses biosensors to help farmers with pesticide application

Advanced structural health monitoring technology for weapon systems is one goal of new AFRL agreement

ME’s Wickert reappointed as senior vice president and provost

ECpE graduate student paper places second at IEEE Sensors Conference

Early this November, Iowa State University Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Graduate Student Silu Feng was awarded the prestigious IEEE Sensors Conference 2016 Best Paper Award. Her paper, accepted as an oral presentation and entitled “Rapid Detection of Theophylline Using Aptamer-Based Nanopore Thin Film Sensor,” placed second out of 617 accepted papers. According to ECpE [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists create new compound, first intermetallic double salt with platinum

This story was originally published by Laura Millsaps, with Ames Laboratory.  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are being credited with creating the first intermetallic double salt with platinum. Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterize the compound. Cesium platinide hydride, or 4Cs2Pt⋅CsH, forms a [Continue Reading…]

ME staff and faculty participate in No-Shave November

More than a dozen faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering participated in this year’s No-Shave November. No-Shave November is “a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” National organizations participating in this year’s campaign include the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, [Continue Reading…]

Amy Kaleita: Soil Whisperer

From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “nonlinear, somewhat chaotic” array of micro-plots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – and ripe opportunities for smart technology to [Continue Reading…]

Hartmann named 2016 WiSE Champion

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) honors CCEE’s Beth Hartmann for support of STEM education to young women This month, Senior Lecturer Beth Hartmann was honored as a 2016 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Champion. Hartmann, a construction engineering faculty member of the civil, construction and environmental engineering department at Iowa [Continue Reading…]

CCEE seniors finish multi-disciplinary course to cap off semester

Capstone course gives seniors chance to interact with industry partners, gain real-world experience Benjamin Claypool will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering (ConE) this coming December. By the time he crosses the graduation stage, he’s already passed a milestone. Claypool has just finished his senior capstone project. From the moment he [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student voted vice president of Graduate and Professional Student Senate

ME master’s student Ashton Archer has been voted vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Archer replaces outgoing vice president Bharat Agrawal who announced on Nov. 28 he would step down because of “health issues.” Archer along with fellow senator Niloo Parvin were nominated to fill the vacant seat and Archer won [Continue Reading…]

Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle

Materials Engineering senior, Matt Goode, from Coggon, Iowa has been leading over 100 students within PrISUm, the solar car team at Iowa State University, in developing the world’s first solar utility vehicle (SUV) named Penumbra. This vehicle will compete in the cruiser class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to race across the Australian [Continue Reading…]