Ames Laboratory awarded $5 million to improve metal powders for advanced manufacturing

Research and Teaching Excellence Awards given to four MSE students for the fall 2016 semester

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Graduate College have announced the recipients of the 2016 fall semester Research and Teaching Excellence Awards. The recipients include: Darrel Enyart- Teaching Excellence Award Stephanie Oyola- Reynoso- Research Excellence Award Jiahao Chen- Research Excellence Award Honghu Zhang- Research Excellence Award These graduate students have been recognized [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…]

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…]

Iowa State engineers study glass in batteries as a way to increase performance and safety

Iowa State University’s Steve Martin has researched battery materials for 30-plus years. He has a new grant that will allow him to expand his fundamental materials studies into research and development of new, all-solid-state technology for actual batteries. He calls it a “dream-come-true” project.

MSE assistant professor develops self-assembling particle

Shan Jiang, a new assistant professor in materials science and engineering, is pioneering new technology in nano-engineering and biomaterials. Jiang received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and held a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After he finished his post-doc, Jiang went into the industry for one of the largest chemical [Continue Reading…]

Michael Bartlett: Innovating soft materials with unconventional properties

Michael Bartlett, assistant professor in materials science and engineering, brings his research on soft, bio-inspired materials to Iowa State. Bartlett completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From the research he performed as a graduate student, he developed a strong, reusable adhesive inspired by the gecko’s toe. Named Geckskin, this material can hold [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.

Faculty and staff recognized during 2016 College of Engineering Convocation

On Sept. 8, Sarah Rajala, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, welcomed College of Engineering faculty and staff to the start of the new year with the 2016 Convocation. During the presentation, she discussed the past year’s accomplishments and goals for the next year, provided a financial update, and recognized new faculty and [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering enrollment reaches 9,645

The information below originally appeared in a story written by Annette Hacker with University News Service. Iowa State’s enrollment continues to flourish. The university’s official fall 2016 enrollment of 36,660 is the largest in school history, an increase of nearly 1.9 percent (659) over the previous record of 36,001 in fall 2015. In the last [Continue Reading…]

Mufit Akinc named interim director of the Iowa Energy Center

PrISUm: Changing the future of transportation