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

Geiken and Kraft's team met with Senator Chuck Grassley while in Washington, D.C.

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…]

Iowa State Student Wins AIChE Poster Competition

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Written by Robert Mills A poster by Tannon Daugaard, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, won first place in a competition held at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in November in Atlanta. Daugaard, who hopes to graduate in 2016, won in a poster session called [Continue Reading…]

Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian spelled out a major goal of his work on the title page of a conference presentation: “Revolutionizing Science through Simulation.” Baskar, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and the researchers in his group are serious about that. They’re confident they have developed the tools and the methods to mathematically and computationally simulate problems across [Continue Reading…]

CoE students visit Uganda to improve rural livelihoods

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Summer provides opportunities for Iowa State students to apply their engineering skills to African agricultural practices and education. Two Iowa State student engineers visited the Kamuli District in Uganda this past summer with different groups and for different projects. However, they shared the same goal: enhance the quality of life in rural African communities. Hand-operated [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2014 commencement

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Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

George Serovy, ME alumnus and professor emeritus passes away

George Serovy, mechanical engineering alumnus and previous Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, passed away November 14 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames. George Kaspar Serovy was born in 1926 to George and Helen (Kaspar) Serovy. He enrolled at Iowa State College in 1943, and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering after enlisting in the Navy [Continue Reading…]

Teaching engineers the value of communication and “soft” skills

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An ME alum uses his engineering perspective to build his own training business Don Gallagher, BSME’82, says the skills he learned at Iowa State and in the co-op program have been invaluable for his career. “Learning a clear problem-solving methodology in the classroom gave me a solid foundation. Then it all came to life in [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State says goodbye to one of its most consistent players

Mechanical engineering senior Spencer Thornton geared up for final Iowa State home game on Nov. 29. The Iowa State long snapper has flown under the radar and is rarely talked about. Last Saturday, Thornton finally got his due. Thornton, perhaps the most under-appreciated and consistent player for Iowa State the last three seasons, was honored during Senior Day [Continue Reading…]

Pittsburgh’s New Immigrants: Iowa State alum, CMU president Subra Suresh makes the case for diversity

The guest of honor was running late. The 85 students waiting for him were patient, though, because it was a beautiful fall day, and they shared a special bond with the man coming to join them. Each of the students was born in another nation and had chosen to come to Carnegie Mellon University to [Continue Reading…]

New courses in biorenewables leverage Iowa NSF EPSCoR

The Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) Program at Iowa State University is growing with the help of Iowa NSF EPSCoR support and faculty expertise. The graduate program was the first in biorenewable resources established in the United States. It pulls faculty from 16 academic departments and five colleges for a truly interdisciplinary experience. Iowa NSF [Continue Reading…]

Engineers Without Borders teaches about poverty, water scarcity

This week, Engineers Without Borders aimed to educate the ISU and Ames community about the issue of poverty in and outside of America with Poverty Awareness Week. It started on Monday outside Parks Library with a water walk organized by Engineers Without Borders member Ha Lim Jeong, sophomore in mechanical engineering. Participants pumped water into a [Continue Reading…]

Jonathan Claussen: Designing disease detection and prevention technologies

An expert in nanotechnology and microfabrication recently joined Iowa State University to advance medical science with an engineering perspective. After watching individuals, families and communities slowly succumb to debilitating diseases – like Alzheimer’s, cancer and type-2 diabetes – throughout his life, Jonathan Claussen is determined to find a way to relieve the effects of these [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering alum appointed to National Coal Council

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently appointed Iowa State alum Maohong Fan (PhDME’00) to serve as a member of the National Coal Council – a federal advisory group that provides recommendations and guidance on policy issues pertaining to coal. “I am appointing you to represent the viewpoints of universities with curricula in chemical engineering, as applied to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer helps Army Lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines

Iowa State's Song-Charng Kong uses this campus engine lab and computer modeling to study and improve internal-combustion engines. Photo by Bob Elbert.

The compression-ignition, internal-combustion engine goes all the way back to the 1890s and the work of one Rudolf Diesel. All these decades later, engineers have developed advanced diesels featuring higher pressures, lighter parts, cleaner emissions and better efficiencies. Turbo diesels have even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. So, engineers have it all figured out? [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…]