Iowa State Student Wins AIChE Poster Competition


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


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


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

Tori Sorensen

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

Don Gallagher

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…]

Visions Across America: Matt Dunker


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Matt Dunker scraped together enough money to buy his first car when he was still too young to drive it. It was a red 1966 Ford Mustang. He was 15 years old. “It was a great-looking car,” he [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering alum and Indian American doctor Subra Suresh honoured

Subra Suresh (MSME’79) will be inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of his research into cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and certain types of cancer. Suresh would be one of the only 16 living Americans to be elected to all three national academies — IOM, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Robert Brown

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading…]

Better biodiesel: ISU graduate students receive grant to continue biochar research

Having a job while in college can be stressful, but creating your own company is a whole other briquette in the fire.For for mechanical engineering grad students Bernardo Del Campo, Juan Proano and Matthew Kieffer, that is their reality. Their company, Artichar, works to sell the bio-renewable product called Biochar, a charcoal-like substance used as a carbon [Continue Reading…]

ISU mechanical engineering alum Greg Brown brings data-driven methods to Oly Ortho

Iowa State University alum Greg Brown recently joined Olympia Orthopaedics Associates on Oct. 6, bringing his extensive background in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine training to the Olympia Eastside Clinic. Raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Brown was the epitome of a well-rounded student athlete, playing varsity football, as well as playing trombone and tuba with the band, debating with [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State mechanical engineering alumnus and advisory council member is named LEED Fellow

Scott Bowman

Scott Bowman (BSME’82) recognized for exceptional contributions to green building After he was introduced to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, Scott Bowman’s career took a different direction. “The organization and the standard aligned with my personal beliefs and engineering practice to increase energy [Continue Reading…]

ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering


ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can [Continue Reading…]

Seeing people’s faces after walking for the first time – ‘it’s amazing’

Christopher Meadows

Spring 2014 mechanical engineering graduate designs robotic exoskeletons  After losing his home to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Christopher Meadows knew he would become an engineer because “engineering was a way to go and make the world a better place.” He says he can do just that working for a startup robotics company. Meadows began working [Continue Reading…]

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, [Continue Reading…]

Pursuit of higher education leads Shan Hu to ISU


Shan Hu left her home country and flew across the world in pursuit of higher education. Her journey has landed her in Iowa where she hopes to share her expertise and experiences with students at Iowa State University. Hu grew up watching her father, who was a carpenter, make furniture and other products that were sold [Continue Reading…]