Mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate awarded for paper on spray research

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Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]

Class develops proposal to improve transportation safety on campus

Many cities have functioning bike share programs to help people get around the cities faster, save money and reduce pollution than driving a car. Now, bike share has potential to come to Iowa State and give students the option of getting to these places faster and with less pollution. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On a warm spring day, Iowa State’s campus appears to swell with people. Eager to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter, students pack the sidewalks and roadways as they head to their next class. CyRide drivers carefully navigate the crowded streets, keeping a wary eye out for distracted students that jaywalk in front of [Continue Reading…]

Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Hong receives 2015 Bailey Career Development Award

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Wei Hong, associate professor of aerospace engineering, has been named one of two recipients of the 2015 Bailey Career Development Award. Award funding will support his work as detailed in this proposal titled, “Next-generation micro-structured materials through additive manufacturing”. “I would like to express my gratitude to the award committee. The support provided by the award [Continue Reading…]

Young innovators bring creations to life in NASA Goddard Spinoff Challenge

Which of NASA’s space-venturing creations would you like to see used on Earth? Are there ways to reinvent spacecraft technologies that could improve the lives of humans? Students across the country joined forces to answer these questions and ultimately design a virtual environment for showcasing ideas in the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Spinoff Challenge. [Continue Reading…]

CCEE professors Jim Alleman, Say Kee Ong awarded 2015 Cerwick Medallion

From left to right: President Steven Leath, award recipients Say Kee Ong and Jim Alleman, and award donors Judy and Joel Cerwick following the award ceremony.

Last fall Jim Alleman and Say Kee Ong were appointed Cerwick Faculty Professors – an award that recognizes and promotes the excellence of the faculty in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. At a May 4 ceremony, Alleman and Ong received their Cerwick Medallions from President Steven Leath. [Continue Reading…]

Does hog size impact manure production?

Daniel Andersen, aka Dr. Manure, addresses a multi-part question about the proper facility design and size to adequately handle the manure produced in a swine operation in a late-April blog. Andersen is an assistant professor in the Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. He had received the question “why are more swine farmers [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students apply construction engineering theory to electrical boards

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Thirty-nine students, divided into seven teams, compile power drills, load centers, pull wire, screws, circuit breakers, and light bulbs to assemble them onto 2-by-4-foot plywood boards. They build scaled-down building electrical systems – an exciting project in CON E 353, the electrical systems for building course in Iowa State University’s construction engineering program. Jenny Baker, [Continue Reading…]

French high jumper Vallet warming to life at Iowa State

A little Googling took Marine Vallet a long way. The high jumper from France needed to complete a study-abroad program as part of her degree requirements for INSA Rennes. So the materials engineering major did a little research and landed at Iowa State. She found the corresponding courses. She got along well with the coaches. [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA compeition

Phillip Molnar, left, Tyler Broich, right, and the rest of the Cyclone Space Mining team are busy assembling their robot for NASA's May 18-22 competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Larger photo. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready [Continue Reading…]

Fireshark’s immersive game theater is like laser tag—only way, way better

The Fireshark platform offers unique social gameplay across the floor and along four walls.

Kent Johnson, founder of Wichita-based Fireshark Gaming and 1990 ISU electrical engineering graduate, came up with the idea for an immersive theater 18 months ago out of a desire to create something for his teenage sons to enjoy. “He has three sons, all in high school and middle school,” said Jake Williams, General Manager. “He was taking [Continue Reading…]

Influential Chemical Engineering professor Tom Wheelock saluted on 90th birthday

Tom Wheelock (right) chats with CBE professors Chuck Glatz (left) and Kurt Hebert at his 90th birthday reception.

The department of Chemical and Biological Engineering recognized one of its most influential members on his 90th birthday. Dr. Thomas (Tom) Wheelock, University Professor Emeritus, was honored with a reception, and was joined by many well-wishers from not only from his department, but other corners of the university as well. Wheelock has had a 70-year [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Jenny Baker named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer ‘40 under 40’

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Jenny Baker, senior lecturer in civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, was recently named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine’s “40 under 40.” Baker will officially be recognized at a CSE awards ceremony in Chicago Sept. 29. CSE’s “40 under 40” recognizes 40 industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all [Continue Reading…]

Buchele awarded Anson Marston Medal

Wesley Buchele, professor emeritus of ISU’s department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, served in the U.S. Army and worked as a tractor engineer at the Deere & Company Waterloo Works before embarking on a career in academia. He began as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas in 1948 and then joined Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

IE grad students, alum featured in Des Moines Register

Morgan Hampel (MSIE’15), Tyler Fox, graduate student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Justin Coaldrake (BSIE’14) were featured in an article in the Des Moines Register. In the article, they discuss how they co-founded ClinicNote, a reporting and note-taking tool for speech pathologists, who have to provide patient progress reports so insurance companies can determine [Continue Reading…]

Robotic Weeders

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A new line of thinking in weed control – small, nimble, and sustainable – is gaining traction. The robotic mechanical intra-row weeder project is being proposed by Iowa State University (ISU) agricultural and biosystems engineering professors Brian Steward and Lie Tang. Originally funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Marketing and Food System Initiative [Continue Reading…]

Chemical engineering alumnus named dean of Wichita State University Business School

Indian American academic Anand S. Desai has been named dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.

Anand S. Desai, a 1975 ISU chemical engineering graduate, has been named dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He will take up the post in July, after the departure of interim dean James Jordan-Wagner. The Indian American educator has served for the past 17 years [Continue Reading…]

Iowa leads in wind

At the end of the 2014 year, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, making it No. 1 in wind energy throughout the nation. Sri Sritharan, professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering as well as associate head for graduate study and research says the state’s success comes from its ability to [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student in mechanical engineering named honorable mention for Zaffarano Prize

Ammar Meliabari, graduate student in mechanical engineering, was selected as an honorable mention for the 2015 Zaffarano Prize. The Zaffarano Prize recognizes superior performance in publishable research by an Iowa State graduate student. This year’s recognition continues a streak in graduate research awards for the mechanical engineering department. In 2013, Joe Miller became the first [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

Senior lecturer Simanta Mitra coaches team members Tyler Uhlenkamp, senior in software engineering, and Jacob Smith, freshman in software engineering, for a computer programming contest. The team will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to compete against 127 teams from around the world.

A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities. Their coach, Simanta Mitra, a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumnus earns prestigious ASCE award for engineering education

Raymond “Paul” Giroux (BSConE’79), a senior engineer at Kiewit Bridge and Marine, is a recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cleveland Section’s G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award. Giroux will officially be recognized this October at ASCE Cleveland Section’s Award Dinner. The G. Brooks Earnest Annual Technical Lecture Award is presented [Continue Reading…]

Chuck Glatz bids farewell to CBE after 40-year stay

ISU Chemical Engineering alum John Kaiser (right) presents Glatz with a book he produced commemorating Glatz' 40 years at Iowa State.

Dr. Charles E. (Chuck) Glatz, University Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has announced his retirement after 40 years of research, education and leadership at Iowa State University. Originally from Rochester, NY, Glatz came to Iowa State in 1975, shortly after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was appointed [Continue Reading…]

Prairie STRIPS program expands with new grant

Narrow strips of native prairie planted on cropland, like the one shown above, can yield immense environmental benefits. The STRIPS program at Iowa State recently received a USDA grant to expand its work. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Schulte Moore)

A recently awarded federal grant will help an innovative Iowa State University program expand its mission to protect soil and water quality by planting strips of native prairie on farmland. The three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow the ISU STRIPS program to widen its [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

The Iowa State Baja SAE Team recently competed in Auburn, Alabama. Team members are, left to right, Zach Verbeck (far back), Jameson Gavac, Nathan Eick, Derick Whited, Andy Raudabaugh, John Bavlsik, Erik Rasmussen (the driver), Katie Ginapp, Jake Conway, Nick Dugan and Ryan Werner. Larger photo. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Baja SAE Team.)

It was a Friday afternoon and there was Zach Verbeck in the back of the Cyclone Racing garage, working away on a homemade brake dyno, looking for data that could improve the performance of Iowa State’s mini off-road racer. The senior from Cedar Falls who’s studying mechanical engineering was taking torque readings in foot-pounds. He [Continue Reading…]