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...]

Materials science and engineering lecturer built energy storage systems for NASA, teaches classes at Iowa State


After earning his Ph.D. this past August, Eliseo De León began his first year teaching at Iowa State University as a lecturer of materials science and engineering. De León earned a bachelor’s in chemistry and a bachelor’s in theater at the University of California, Davis in 1994. He started his Ph.D. program in materials science [Continue Reading...]

Teachers in training

Larry Genalo, University Professor of materials science and engineering, mentors future teachers in the “Toying with Technology” course. In a recent hands-on project, students learned about mass, weight, volume and water displacement, as well as a simple experiment that teaches these concepts to grade schoolers. Read the full story.  

Engineering faculty, staff to be honored Oct. 2

Faculty and staff recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards will be honored Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Memorial Union Sun Room. The awards ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by a reception. Those from engineering being recognized are: Fouad Fanous – Regents Faculty Excellence Awards Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering For the [Continue Reading...]

Karl Gschneidner wins Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award


Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, has been named the winner of the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner, who is also a senior metallurgist at the [Continue Reading...]

Annual U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is 20th among public universities


U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 “American’s Best Colleges” ranking are out and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ranked 20th among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. This is up from 22nd last year. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranked 35th (an eight-way tie) overall, up from 39th last [Continue Reading...]

Developing new batteries for space exploration

Lithium-sulfur battery project

Batteries have become such a modern day convenience that many times we don’t think about them until they need recharged or replaced. Even in space, batteries make life easier by advancing exploration when they are used in land rovers, astronaut equipment and energy storage devices. But creating a battery for space exploration requires some interesting [Continue Reading...]

Six NASA scholarships awarded to undergraduate students


Six students from the College of Engineering were awarded NASA scholarships for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. The funding comes through the Iowa Space Grant Consortium program. Recipients are Dalton Groath, sophomore in aerospace engineering; Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; Christian Setzer, senior in aerospace engineering and physics; Elmer Tse, junior in [Continue Reading...]

Anja Mudring returns to Iowa State University

Anja Mudring

It would be misleading to say that Anja Mudring, the Glenn Murphy Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is new to Iowa State. In fact, the Bonn, Germany, native is enjoying a homecoming to one of her favorite research institutions when she begins her appointment this fall. “The research community [Continue Reading...]

Osteoceramics: A new medical industry for the state of Iowa


When Thomas McGee became an as assistant scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop in 1963, he had no idea a casual conversation about bone implants would inspire 50 years of research. Not to mention a new type of implant he would eventually develop that helps guide bone regeneration. “It’s really an exciting project that [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering grad student wins 2013 Zaffarano Prize


Joseph Miller, a recent Ph.D. graduate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2013 Zaffarano Prize, which recognizes superior performance in publishable research by a graduate student. A check for $1,500 and a plaque was presented to Miller by the Iowa State University chapter of Sigma Xi, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers, [Continue Reading...]