Clean Snowmobile Challenge team takes part in first competition

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While most Iowa State students waited anxiously for the arrival of warmer weather, one student organization spent the first week of March surrounded by snow in Houghton, Michigan. The Iowa State Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team took part in their inaugural competitive event earlier this month, the 2015 SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge Competition. A total [Continue Reading…]

ISU Lunabotics Club featured on KCCI News

During final preparations for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition competition in May, the ISU Lunabotics Club has been featured in various media stories, including a piece by KCCI News Channel 8 and a story from the Iowa State Daily. View the story on KCCI View the story from the Iowa State Daily Keep up with the team: [Continue Reading…]

Nuclear engineering alumnus specializes in alternative energy wastewater treatment

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Mike Locascio uses fluid dynamics knowledge to consult for ethanol plants, distilleries and other industries Most students have a moment where they are sitting in a class thinking they will never use the information once they leave campus. For Mike Locascio, it was a fluid dynamics lab he had to take prior to graduating with [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty honored by Plant Sciences Institute

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Five engineering researchers selected as PSI Faculty Scholars The Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has awarded funding to investigators in three colleges in an effort to stimulate high-risk, high-reward research in the plant sciences. The awards are part of the Plant Sciences Institute’s Faculty Scholars program. The new initiative was spearheaded by PSI director Patrick Schnable [Continue Reading…]

Managing carbon like coffee cups

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Many people find the role of biofuels in managing greenhouse gases difficult to understand. It can be readily explained over a cup of coffee. Imagine a couple who enjoy cups of coffee every morning. Of course, they wash and reuse the cups. The husband discovers that Amazon.com will deliver two new coffee cups every morning [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

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Alireza Sassani turned a switch and sent 60 volts of electricity into a small block of concrete. A few minutes later the Iowa State University doctoral student took some measurements and found the block’s surface temperature had risen from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 189 degrees. Next, Therin Young stepped up to the demonstration table and [Continue Reading…]

ISU’s National Society of Black Engineers partners with Ames Middle School to teach STEM education

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Students are introduced to engineering majors through hands-on experience and interaction with Cyclone Engineers Often times, middle school students are aware of engineering as a field, but they might not know about the more specific engineering disciplines available for them to study. Iowa State’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering alumnus creates “The International Awesomeness League”

Greg Stargell, a mild-mannered, soft-spoken physicist, helps protect the world from missile attacks. Sound like the premise for a comic book superhero? Sure, but it’s also Huntsville physicist Stargell’s real-life day job. The superhero fictions come during Stargell’s nights and weekends when Stargell composes the jokes and story lines for his alter-ego, Da Spokesman, a [Continue Reading…]

Flying high: ME alumnus brings engineering and business skills to ICON Aircraft

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Lei Huang earned his concurrent mechanical engineering and MBA degree in the fall of 2012 from Iowa State University. Today’s successful engineers often need strong business management skills to complement their degree in engineering. Huang is currently a manufacturing engineer at ICON Aircraft in California. It is here that he makes innovative impact in Light [Continue Reading…]

Ph.D. alumnus featured in Taipei Times interview

Jerome Keating talks with David Ho and Edward Friedman about nuclear energy in Taiwan. Ho graduated with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1981. Read the interview here.

Guest post: From a freshman looking for an internship to a recruiter hiring Cyclone Engineers

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Sheela Halbur (BSME ’04) is a senior engineer at Caterpillar. She was recently back on campus as a recruiter for her company at the Engineering Career Fair and took a few minutes to reflect on the value the event offers to both students and recruiters. I always look forward to recruiting trips back to Ames, [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students take part in 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship

Several members of the ISU weight club will travel to Dubuque, Iowa to join about 70 lifters from across the Midwest at the 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.  “Some of our lifters will potentially break some lifting records for this particular federation of powerlifting.  Others will simply be trying [Continue Reading…]

Nuclear engineering alumnus selected as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Applied LNG

Greg Roche, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering in 1982, will join Applied LNG. He will be responsible for the company’s commercial activities in the regions surrounding the Topock, Arizona and Midlothian, Texas production platforms and work with customers and strategic partners to expand the role of LNG in the North American [Continue Reading…]

How crop waste could become carbon-negative energy

Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to determine whether crop residue could pay off in three ways simultaneously: as a source of biofuel, as a soil enhancer, and as a long-term sink for carbon dioxide. At the heart of their investigation is a heating process known as pyrolysis that turns plant matter into biochar, [Continue Reading…]

CoE engineering students return to high school to discuss abroad experiences

Former Ankeny students Katie Powers and Kevin Hyler recently returned to Ankeny Centennial High School to share their experience studying abroad with students at the school. Powers and Hyler are both enrolled in engineering at Iowa State University and spent time studying overseas last year. This story was originally published by the Des Moines Register.

Rise of Machines competition: Engaging students in robotics

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In December, a group of Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students gathered at the Applied Science Complex to demonstrate their passion for making robots smarter and more autonomous. The event was the first “Rise of Machines” robotics competition, organized by Professor Sourabh Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering who has been developing a cutting edge research program [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering alumnus named chairman of TiE Global

Al Kapoor, who graduated from Iowa State in 1992 with a M.S. in mechanical engineering, was recently named chairman of TiE Global. The company fosters entrepreneurship across the world by nurturing future entrepreneurs. This article was originally posted by INDIA New England.

Hundreds of Iowa students to show off LEGO skills, compete for Iowa Championship

The new year was started off with Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship, which was held on Saturday, January 10. Mechanical engineering senior Christopher Guetzlaff was one of two event co-chairs. Read more about the event at the Iowa State News Service.

Mechanical engineering alumnus elected to Wound Management Technologies Board of Directors

John Siedhoff was recently elected to Wound Management Technologies, Inc., an emerging company mainly producing FDA-approved product collagen product, CellerateRX(R). Read more about the mechanical engineering alumnus at Baystreet.ca Media Corporation.

Cyclones advance space exploration while working on Orion’s first test flight

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Aerospace engineering alumni are part of successful NASA test flight mission NASA began a new era of exploration with the Orion test flight on December 5, 2014. The Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) was a two-orbit and nearly five-hour mission to test critical Orion systems, including the avionics, parachute and heatshield. This program would not be [Continue Reading…]

Adarsh Krishnamurthy: Incorporating video game technology into pacemaker therapy

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Mechanical engineer focuses research on speeding up simulations for biomedical applications Growing up, Adarsh Krishnamurthy had a fascination for cars that later inspired him to pursue engineering as a career. However, he also had an affinity for computer science, thanks in part to his older brother, who earned degrees in the field. Krishnamurthy found a [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State assistant professor studies interdisciplinary area of data science and system science after career in industry

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From engineering to mathematics and physics, Soumik Sarkar’s varied experience has given him a strong foundation for building a research program and educating others. As Soumik Sarkar settles into the mechanical engineering department as an assistant professor, he’ll continue to pursue complex systems and data in as many ways as he can. Sarkar initially received [Continue Reading…]

ME ROTC graduate to enter leadership role

On Dec. 20, 2015, three cadets concluded their ROTC journeys during a ceremony on campus. They are now beginning new paths as commissioned second lieutenants in the United States Army. Second Lt. Derrick Hill, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, will go on to be an engineer officer. Additionally, Second Lt. Trenton Speer, graduate in interdisciplinary [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

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Real World Design Challenge hosts Iowa State freshmen in Washington, D.C. Getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been an educational goal for many schools, organizations and the government. The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) also has this goal, which it emphasizes during state competitions and a national competition in [Continue Reading…]