New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.
Imagine a shift from our current petroleum economy—where carbon is pumped out of the ground to generate energy—toward an economy in which energy and other products are generated while putting carbon back into the ground, ultimately reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air. Iowa State’s Robert C. Brown and a group of [Continue Reading…]
This post originally appeared on the EOS International blog. It’s written by Gloria Starns, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. Starns has been to Nicaragua the past two summers with the non-profit Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS). EOS was founded by ISU engineering alumni and is dedicated to providing sustainable technology to help generate income and [Continue Reading…]
The last time Team PrISUm raced around the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas, the team turned the fastest lap of the 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix. Iowa State’s solar racing car negotiated the 20-turn, 3.41-mile racetrack – including the 133-foot climb to turn 1 – in a quick 4 minutes and 35.285 seconds during last July’s grand prix.
Kevin Harvick may be leading the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, but did he build his entire car from scratch? Cyclone Racing did. Cyclone Racing is a student run organization that is focused on Formula SAE racing. The 45 horsepower car is designed, manufactured and assembled by its members. The vehicle tops out around 85 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Carl Kirpes is being recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the incredible accomplishments he’s made as a young professional. Kirpes graduated from ISU with bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical and industrial engineering in 2012. After his time at Iowa State, he went to work for GENESYS Systems Integrator, where he was quickly promoted to [Continue Reading…]
FIRST Lego League (FLL) team Tek-Konnekt from Muscatine, Iowa, recently competed in the 2015 FLL World Class Open Championship held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, in mid-May. The team was chosen to represent Iowa after its outstanding performance at the state championship that takes place annually at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering. FIRST is [Continue Reading…]
Freshman year at college is a year full of firsts. It’s a year that can be spent learning about the traditions and rituals students take part in. Getting involved and learning the ins and outs of being a Cyclone during freshman year can make your time here at Iowa State more memorable. Starting to check things off your college bucket list during the first year is a great way to become familiar with campus and the city of Ames, while making friends at the same time. Here are 15 things you might put on your ISU bucket list.
The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Andrew Hansen, mechanical engineering senior, a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Hansen was one of the top eight (8) students and received the distinguished FPEF scholarship underwritten by Danfoss, Ames, Iowa. Hansen was formerly enrolled in ABEME 413 taught by Dr. Brian Steward, professor of agricultural and biosystems [Continue Reading…]
Roger Steinforth has been through all the data from all the computer simulations. And he thinks adding wings to Cyclone Racing’s mini open-wheel racer could cut lap times by a second or two. That’s a big performance boost for the student-designed and student-built race cars of the formula racing series sponsored by SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers.
A new presentation from the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), co-authored by ISU mechanical engineering senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba, seeks to educate company owners about the place automation could have in their business. According to Agba, the presentation was created because of a “gap in communication and understanding of what is needed by manufacturers and what should be provided by system integrators.”
Student organizations work on real-life design challenge The College of Engineering hosted its first ever crowdsourcing day with Caterpillar on April 11, 2015. Seven student organizations that work with engineering design were invited to participate in this full-day challenge to solve a real problem the company was facing. Students were charged with developing a new [Continue Reading…]
Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]
As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]
Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready to order a few more blocks of aluminum that could be turned into all those new parts.
Ammar Meliabari, graduate student in mechanical engineering, was selected as an honorable mention for the 2015 Zaffarano Prize. The Zaffarano Prize recognizes superior performance in publishable research by an Iowa State graduate student. This year’s recognition continues a streak in graduate research awards for the mechanical engineering department. In 2013, Joe Miller became the first [Continue Reading…]
It was a Friday afternoon and there was Zach Verbeck in the back of the Cyclone Racing garage, working away on a homemade brake dyno, looking for data that could improve the performance of Iowa State’s mini off-road racer. The senior from Cedar Falls who’s studying mechanical engineering was taking torque readings in foot-pounds. He [Continue Reading…]
Three freshman honors students used 3D printing technology and more to conduct structural engineering research with Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. Students involved in the project were mechanical engineering freshman Heather Murphy, pre-industrial design freshman Derek Coulter, and industrial engineering freshman Connor Theisen. They participated in [Continue Reading…]
Each year, the senior class in mechanical engineering votes for Professor of the Year. This year, the recipient was senior lecturer Matt Hagge. Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering honor society, held a reception on April 30 to recognize and congratulate him for this honor. Associate professor Terry Meyer was also recognized for his contributions as the [Continue Reading…]
Jordan Barr, William Lindemann and Jill Middendorf are recognized as outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines Three students who started their engineering careers at Iowa State were selected for a prestigious research award. The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to encourage involvement in science and engineering and has continued [Continue Reading…]
The state Board of Regents approved 70 Iowa State faculty promotion or tenure awards for the 2015-16 year during its April 23 meeting at the Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs. The full list is posted on the provost’s website. The awards take effect July 1 for A-base (12-month appointment) faculty and Aug. 16 [Continue Reading…]