Team PrISUm stopped by police, but still third in American Solar Challenge

From the view of Team PrISUm's lead vehicle, Wisconsin police run verify the solar car's licensing and registration. Provided by Team PrISUm.

Members of Team PrISUm had an unexpected surprise today when they raced across the Iowa border into Wisconsin to the La Crosse stage stop of the American Solar Challenge. Their solar car Phaeton was pulled over by the police. While traveling on a rural highway at about 35 miles per hour in a 55, Iowa [Continue Reading...]

After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

Visitors gather from the neighboring American Solar Challenge community event to see Iowa State's solar car Phaeton up close. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Team PrISUm raced more than 180 miles today – at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour – to arrive in third at the Ames checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge. After much anticipation, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton and its escorts drove into Iowa State Center parking lots where they were greeted by [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge

Iowa State's solar car Phaeton races at its best in the blazing heat. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Today went exactly as Team PrISUm had planned for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 180 miles from its overnight stay in Decatur, Texas, and passed Principia College to take third upon arriving at the first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma. Now Phaeton is closing [Continue Reading...]

ME professor’s research has life-saving potential

Ganesh Balasubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting research with High Performance Computing (HPC) that could someday change the way tumors are treated. Using HPC technology, a surgeon could treat a tumor through chemical injections rather than radiation. HPC technology can compute a much higher volume of atoms than a regular computer, which allows Balasubramanian to study molecular [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

2014 APEX E class

Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

CoE alumni amongst Grain Processing Corporation new hires and promotions

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) recently announced new hires and personnel promotions, some of whom are CoE alumni: Tim Foster has joined GPC as a maintenance division engineer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, where he also participated in the Naval ROTC. Kyle Burnham has been promoted to feed [Continue Reading...]

Alumni Merit Award winner works to support next generation of engineers

Dale Johnson received the 2014 Iowa State Alumni Association’s Alumni Merit Award. Created in 1932, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that go beyond purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university. Johnson received a BA and MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1960 and 1962, respectively. Unbeknownst to [Continue Reading...]

ME faculty member, student featured on Honors Research Program website


Terry Meyer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Chloe Dedic, graduate student in mechanical engineering, are both featured in videos on the Honors Research Program website. For more than 20 years, this spring-semester program has provided opportunities for faculty to work with talented first-year students in their research. This program introduces students to the world [Continue Reading...]

Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

EOS students

Nine engineering students are currently working in Nicaragua with Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS), in order to better understand how to design for people with very different needs and environmental constraints. EOS is a not-for-profit organization started by Wes Meyer and Greg McGrath, two Iowa State mechanical engineering alumni. The organization focuses on providing low-cost, culturally and [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers find evidence of growing polarization in U.S.

Personal values, race, as well as social and economic inequality, all contribute to the growing political divide in America. To better understand the impact of this division, Iowa State University researchers developed a technique to determine if election results truly represent the “will of the people.” Their study of ballot data from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student engineers met their goal in Formula SAE Lincoln competition

Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team raced all 14 laps around the twisty endurance course at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Airpark last week, piling up enough racing and fuel economy points for a solid return to the competition’s overall top 20. Over the nearly 14-mile endurance race, the team’s car burned 3.616 liters of E-85 fuel, good [Continue Reading...]

Online certificate, Master’s in Energy Systems add to engineering options

The Iowa Board of Regents has recently approved a new Master’s of Engineering in Energy Systems. The 10-course online or on-campus degree is offered through Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and is bolstered by a Graduate Certificate Program and an undergraduate Minor in Energy Systems. “We are pleased the Board of Regents have [Continue Reading...]

ISU student awarded scholarship by Fluid Power Educational Foundation

Nathan Brace, senior in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a scholarship by the Fluid Power Educational Foundation. Fluid Power Educational Foundation’s (FPEF) scholarships help young people enrolled in high schools, technical colleges and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. After careful review of all scholarship applications, the FPEF Board of Trustees would like [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year's racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Greg Bott, finishing a series of 60 mph acceleration runs in a campus parking lot, pulled over to his teammates with a whoop and a double fist pump. “You like?” asked Derek Peters, the technical director of this year’s Iowa State Formula SAE Team. “I like,” said Bott, a senior studying mechanical engineering from Clinton. And then he [Continue Reading...]

Students win grant to develop biochar business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage small businesses to engage in [Continue Reading...]

Transient electronics research featured on Fox News

Fox News featured transient electronics research being done by Reza Montazami, assistant professor in mechanical engineering. The goal of the research is to be able to trigger electronic devices to dissolve and become unusable. Access the Fox News video story below, and read more about Montazami’s research in a story by ISU News Service. Fox News – [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Kory Budlong Sylvester


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Just when you’re in total awe of the accomplishments of Kory Budlong Sylvester (’92 nuclear engineering), the program manager for Nonproliferation and Treaty Verification at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, his youngest son, Syler, takes you [Continue Reading...]

First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD


As a first-generation college student, Kahni Pr’Out says both she and her parents always knew she would go on to pursue a higher degree. Now in the midst of her Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering, she’s getting ready to start a job in industry. After completing her undergraduate degree in math at Savannah State University [Continue Reading...]

Future ISU mechanical engineer interns at Cargill

Katy Fish, an Ottumwa High School junior, was selected for a summer internship at Cargill Corn Milling in Eddyville. Fish, who plans to pursue mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, has taken courses at OHS that support her career path, including advanced math and a Project Lead The Way engineering course. The internship will require [Continue Reading...]

Baughman’s work with CIRAS highlighted

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Jackie Baughman, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, was featured in the Spring newsletter for Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Read the full profile in the CIRAS newsletter.

Several linemen distinguishing themselves in the engineering lab

At Iowa State University, there is a good partnership brewing between the football players and the engineers. In multiple cases, they are one in the same. Three offensive linemen headline a pack of aspiring engineers, who double as Cyclone football players. Daniel Burton (who started 8 games as a freshman) is majoring in mechanical engineering [Continue Reading...]

Xinwei Wang elected ASME Fellow


Xinwei Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his contributions in the fields of micro/nanoscale thermal probing and characterization, and laser-material interaction. Members of ASME are eligible for fellowship after 10 years of practice in the field of mechanical engineering and 10 years [Continue Reading...]

ME graduate student recognized for outstanding dissertation


Mahdi Javanbakht, postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2014 Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation. The Karas Award recognizes excellence in doctoral research at Iowa State. Two winners are selected each year, and are therefore nominated for the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award. Javanbakht’s dissertation [Continue Reading...]

As rocky racing turns to mud runs, Iowa State Baja Team expects more success

Iowa State's Baja racer kicks up West Texas dust during an April competition. Photo by the Iowa State Baja SAE Team.

Iowa State’s off-road racers already have a big win to their credit. Last month, competing over a dusty course at the University of Texas at El Paso, the Baja team bounced to a frame-bending-but-not-breaking win in the four-hour endurance race. That helped the team move up to seventh overall (among 96 registered teams from as [Continue Reading...]

Cyclone Space Mining ready to defend title at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Members of Cyclone Space Mining assemble the team's robot during a recent workday in a campus lab. Left to right are Robert Prucha, a sophomore from Missouri Valley; Brandon Keesling, a sophomore from Oskaloosa; and Jim Heise, the team's faculty adviser. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Even though other teams have started to copy some of their winning ideas, the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining feel good about defending last year’s NASA championship. “That’s all right,” David Peiffer, a junior in industrial engineering from Marion and the president of Iowa State’s robotic mining club, said of the copycat teams. “We’ve had issues in the past and [Continue Reading...]