Richard LeSar named an AAAS Fellow

For his work advancing materials science, statistics, animal science and biophysics, Richard LeSar, the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of four Iowa State researchers to have been named 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). LeSar, who is also [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering student group named Chapter of Excellence

The Materials Advantage student organization was selected as a Chapter of Excellence at the Materials Science and Technology Conference.

Material Advantage selected for honor at the Materials Science and Technology Conference  Iowa State‘s Material Advantage group has been selected as one of the top 10 chapters in the world for eleven years straight. When asked how the group has kept this record, club adviser and materials science and engineering professor Scott Chumbley said, “We [Continue Reading…]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

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Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading…]

Materials science and engineering assistant professor awarded prestigious award

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Ludovico Cademartiri is selected for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 2014 Young Investigator Award Developing tools for studying how plants interact with each other and their environments is a big task, but materials science and engineering assistant professor Ludovico Cademartiri has a solution. Cademartiri was recently selected for the highly prestigious 2014 Beckman Young [Continue Reading…]

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading…]

Mufit Akinc receives two faculty awards

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Materials science and engineering professor receives Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award. Mufit Akinc was recently recognized by his peers and graduate students with two prominent awards. During Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony held on September 22, 2014, Akinc received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence that is given [Continue Reading…]

Jiles elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

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David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow. He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications [Continue Reading…]

Ames Laboratory’s Thiel winner of 2014 Welch Award

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Written by Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs Pat Thiel has been named the 2014 winner of the AVS Medard W. Welch Award, which recognizes outstanding research in the fields of materials, interfaces and processing. Thiel, who is a faculty scientist at the U.S. Department of Ames Laboratory and a Distinguished [Continue Reading…]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading…]

Martin Thuo: Discovering the knowledge of teaching and problem solving

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Materials engineering department hires assistant professor “Was there another option? I don’t think so. There is just something special about learning something and passing it on to those coming after you,” Martin Thuo said about becoming a professor. Thuo recently joined Iowa State as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. [Continue Reading…]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money

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In collaboration with John Deere, Iowa State University materials engineers developed a new method to quickly and accurately predict fatigue crack growth in metals – a costly engineering problem that is responsible for loss of human life. Fatigue ultimately caused the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota that killed 13 people [Continue Reading…]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…]