Nanoparticles: To be or not to be crystalline?

Duane Johnson, an Iowa State University F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Sciences, and a team of researchers discovered that there is no one size where particles go from non-crystalline (disordered) to crystalline (ordered) phases. Instead, they found a range of sizes where both phases coexist statistically, depending on the support and gas surrounding the [Continue Reading...]

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


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...]

Major league summer scholars

Ever wonder how the future scientists and engineers of America spend their summers? Chances are they’re doing some major league computing, modeling, theorizing and experimenting like Iowa State’s four Goldwater Scholars. In March, William Lindemann, Jacob Harry, Rachel Philiph and Thomas Knief received Goldwater Scholarships — the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship for science and engineering. [Continue Reading...]

MSE professor runs in Israel’s presidential race

Dan Shechtman, an Iowa State University Distinguished Professor in materials science and engineering, is officially on the ballot for the presidential race of Israel. Shechtman won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2011 for his discovery of quasicrystals, which he published in 1984. Shechtman splits his time working in the Ames Laboratory and at Technion — [Continue Reading...]

ECpE, MSE students harness energy from liquid crystals


Recent graduates in electrical engineering Josh Grindeland and John Etherington, and graduates in materials engineering Tommy Geske and Trent Borman proved that it is possible to extract electrical energy from waste heat at the ECpE Senior Design Demonstration on May 30. The team had spent nine months prior designing and developing a device that uses [Continue Reading...]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for spring 2014 commencement


Benjamin Jacobson, senior in industrial engineering and Spanish, from Johnston, Iowa, will serve as the College of Engineering student marshal during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony. He will be accompanied by Leslie Potter, senior lecturer of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony held May 10. During his [Continue Reading...]

Three MSE alumni receive NSF Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) honored three Iowa State College of Engineering alumni this year. The respected program recognizes people who have shown the potential to be future leaders in their fields. Alex Bruce, Mandi (Caudle) Buffon and Lisa Rueschhoff each earned their bachelor’s degrees in materials engineering from Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Students showcase work at research symposium

Ryan Hall

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]

Schwartz named director of U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory

Written by Rob Schweers Inside Iowa State Adam Schwartz has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, operated by Iowa State. Schwartz is division leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif. He also coordinates LLNL’s projects for the Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop


As campus sidewalks cleared for the day, Dylan Neal settled behind a corner window and a bank of computer screens. He was devoting a recent midweek evening to a few more hours of solar car engineering. Neal, a freshman from St. Louis who’s studying mechanical engineering, was designing parts of Phaëton, Team PrISUm’s 12th solar race car. [Continue Reading...]

All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Four Iowa State University Honors students with ties to the College of Engineering received Goldwater Scholarships in March. The program is the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The students—Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; William Lindemann, senior in materials science engineering and mathematics; Rachel Philiph, senior in materials science engineering; [Continue Reading...]

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

Digital Lab for Manufacturing

Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

Ames Laboratory’s Karl Gschneidner won Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award

Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was presented the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award on February 18. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner, known as “Mr. Rare Earth,” is considered the world’s foremost authority [Continue Reading...]

First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

Written by Anne Krapfl The provost’s office has selected the first 22 graduate programs to receive central funding for an additional – and exceptional — doctoral student under President Steven Leath’s Presidential Scholars program announced in November. Seven of the programs selected are interdepartmental and two were submitted by two colleges. With funding available for up to [Continue Reading...]

Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence


A passion for the fundamental sciences and for things that grow motivate Ludovico Cademartiri, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering, as he develops methods for making new materials using polymers and crystals at Iowa State University. In a recent study, Cademartiri led a team of scientists that researched the formation and properties of [Continue Reading...]

CoE student marshal, outstanding seniors named for fall 2013 commencement

Dalia Abo Sheasha

Dan Voss, senior in materials engineering from Atkins, Iowa, will serve as Iowa State’s College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2013 commencement ceremony held Dec. 21. He will be accompanied by Clint Stephens, scholar in residence for leadership education, as he leads the engineering class into the ceremony. Voss will graduate with an [Continue Reading...]

Klocke honored with Academic Advising Impact award

Andrea Klocke, academic adviser in materials science and engineering, received the 2013-2014 Academic Advising Impact award, given by the University Academic Advising Committee. The award recognizes faculty or professional staff who have continued to demonstrate outstanding performance in advising Iowa State University undergraduate students throughout their professional career. Devna Popejoy-Sheriff, academic adviser in industrial and manufacturing systems [Continue Reading...]

Biotechnology Surges Forward With Help From Electrical Engineering

Santosh Pandey, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has developed microfluidic systems by creating very specific micropatterns in polymers on glass slides or chips. His technology has impacted departments within and outside of the College of Engineering. Rebecca Cademartiri, ISU Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering [Continue Reading...]

Brunnier Art Museum hosts art, pottery exhibit and ‘adoption’

The Brunnier Art Museum is displaying an exhibition that hits home for Iowa State’s history, titled “Iowa Collage Pottery”.The exhibition displays pottery that was created between 1920 and 1930 in the Ceramic Engineering Department, which is now a part of the materials science and engineering department. It all began when Paul Cox became head of the department in the 1920s. Cox [Continue Reading...]

Interdisciplinary leadership program develops leadership skills in engineers

Dan Voss

Increasingly, employers are looking for engineering graduates with leadership skills to complement their technical abilities. At Iowa State, community leadership and public service is an academic certificate program designed to develop the leadership, communication and organizational abilities in its graduates, including many engineers. Administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences through the Carrie [Continue Reading...]

Ten consecutive years: ISU’s Material Advantage continues streak as Most Outstanding Chapter

2013 Most Oustanding Chapter

For current members of Iowa State’s Material Advantage group, being the Most Outstanding Chapter is all they have ever known. That’s because the group has received the title for 10 consecutive years—a trend they want to continue for years to come. Ben Hagarty, president of the group for 2013-14, says Material Advantage is proud of [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State launches Presidential High Impact Faculty Hires Initiative


Iowa State University has launched the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative to support targeted faculty hiring in areas of strategic importance. A cluster hire of 12 faculty in five colleges within the strategically important area of Big Data and a cluster hire of 8 faculty in four colleges within the strategically important area of Translational [Continue Reading...]