ISU engineering students will auction Ghanaian folk art coffin to fund village dam

Engineers Without Borders-ISU will auction the folk art coffin by Eric Adjetey Anang to help fund an earthen dam in Ghana. From left, engineering students Kevin Strohm, Jason Schmitt and Joe Gettemy. (Photo by Christopher Gannon)

Iowa State University engineering students hope that auctioning a rare work of folk art can help fund construction of an earthen dam for an African village. The artwork is a painted coffin in the form of an ear of corn. It was sculpted by Ghana’s leading fantasy coffin artist, Eric Adjetey Anang, when he was [Continue Reading…]

Graduate students present clean energy product at Clean Energy Challenge

From left to right: Casey Nelson, Matt Kieffer, Juan Proano, Wendy Borja, Edson Vendrusculo and Bernardo del Campo.

ISU graduate students spent Tuesday, April 14, in Chicago to present their product ARTichar, a renewable activated carbon used for water filtration, at the Clean Energy Challenge. The six students represent Advanced Renewable Technology International, a company that was founded in 2013 by ISU students. Bernardo del Campo and Matthew Kieffer, both graduate students in mechanical [Continue Reading…]

Distinguished Awards Celebration is April 17

The ISU Alumni Association and the ISU Foundation will honor 10 individuals and one company with the university’s highest awards during the annual Distinguished Awards Celebration on April 17 (1:30 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union). All are invited to attend. Awards are given each spring to alumni and friends of Iowa State. The 2015 award [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Meis is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering. Two other Iowa State students earned Honorable Mention in this year’s competition. They are Samuel [Continue Reading…]

ISU students have opportunity to learn about, care for baby horses at horse farm

After a few clumsy steps, Quency collapsed into the straw and immediately fell asleep, her mother standing over her protectively. Quency was born Monday morning — the 17th foal to be born this spring at the Iowa State Horse Farm. The university houses up to 65 horses at a time, including babies, yearlings, broodmares and [Continue Reading…]

Five engineering alumni named STATEment Makers by Alumni Association

Iowa ‘STATEment Makers’ is an honor that recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University’s young alumni (graduates 32 years of age and under). Nominations are sought annually for‘STATEment Makers’ who have made differences in their own lives, the lives of others, their communities, and/or their professions through ambitious [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering graduate student selected for international NSF research program

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Jeremy Caplin will travel to Seoul National University for international collaborations The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) recently announced the Fellows selected for its summer program designed to promote international, collaborative research projects in Asia. Mechanical engineering graduate student Jeremy Caplin was one of the students chosen for the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State professor and Ph.D. student explore new phase transformation mechanism

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Researchers focused on the effect of elastic energy on nucleation. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, continues to work on the solid-solid phase transformation via intermediate melt (IM) research he developed a decade ago. His original work (Levitas et al. Phys. Review Letters, 2004, 92, 235702) has [Continue Reading…]

ME alumnus wins SOLIDWORKS Model Mania Contest

Nick (second from left) standing on stage waiting to receive his award.

Would the fastest designer in the room please stand? For 16 years, the fastest designers have been standing up to accept prizes at theSOLIDWORKS World convention. Every year there is a competition called Model Mania. In this contest designers are given a drawing of a part never before seen. They then have to create a [Continue Reading…]

Global Gala brings cultures together

Colorful flags from all over the globe adorned the walls in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union as students prepared for the Global Gala, a live show celebrating Iowa State’s diversity. This was the setting for the 10th annual Global Gala on Friday night.  A total of seven acts performed at the event, including [Continue Reading…]

​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program

Iowa State University has announced the 18 students selected to make up the inaugural class of a new leadership opportunity for students for the 2015-2016 academic year, sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company. Following their application, 54 students proceeded to the interview process managed by University faculty in the Leadership [Continue Reading…]

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…]

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 24

Twenty-one Iowa State undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

With research on sciatic nerve regeneration, the implications of marginal tax rates on housing prices, honey bee survival and extreme winter precipitation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, there will be lots to discuss when 21 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The [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

(Illustration Credit: Stephanie Dao)

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…]