Student engineers among Move-In Crew, carry the freshman load

Cars slowed to a crawl around campus Aug. 19 and 20 for freshman move-in days while thousands of students and their totes of clothes, DVDs and plastic dishes were clustered in dorm parking lots. “When I was with my sister when she moved in Illinois State University, it took a couple hours,” said Thomas Siegele, freshman [Continue Reading...]

Remembering Leo Peters

Leo Peters

Mechanical engineering professor emeritus, Leo Peters (82) passed away July 20, 2014. Dr. Leo Charles Peters was a presence in the mechanical engineering department for thirty-five years who preferred spending time mentoring students to doing research. Peters served as an academic adviser in addition to being a professor and researcher, and he enjoyed helping foreign [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering graduate awarded teaching fellowship

Joe Cossette

Joe Cossette (BSME’11) is one of 32 teachers selected as KSTF Teaching Fellow When Joe Cossette graduated from Iowa State in 2011, he thought he wanted to work in mechanical engineering. However, after working at Seagate Technology for two years, he decided his calling was to be an educator. He went on to get his [Continue Reading...]

Ben Sloan: solving problems for farmers

Ben Sloan

Ben Sloan originally majored in mechanical engineering because he wanted to work on cars. However, he eventually became interested in computers and computer software, leading him to his current career at AgSolver. AgSolver offers services that integrate high-resolution data with environmental process simulation and scalable cloud computing resources, providing access to precision agricultural data that [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

Several solar cars from around the world lined up on the finish line in Minnesota. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles [Continue Reading...]

Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

Members of Cyclone Space Mining, left to right, Katie Goebel, John Heinig, Brian Jend, Nathan Beougher, David Peiffer, Phil Molnar, Alex Grant, and Faculty Adviser Jim Heise demonstrate their robotic miner on Hilo Bay Beach in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.

There they were, at 10,000 feet on the remote and rugged slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, running their robot through the same volcanic soil NASA uses to test space rovers. “This was otherworldly,” said Jim Heise, the faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining. Six teams of students from [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm stopped by police, but still third in American Solar Challenge

From the view of Team PrISUm's lead vehicle, Wisconsin police run verify the solar car's licensing and registration. Provided by Team PrISUm.

Members of Team PrISUm had an unexpected surprise today when they raced across the Iowa border into Wisconsin to the La Crosse stage stop of the American Solar Challenge. Their solar car Phaeton was pulled over by the police. While traveling on a rural highway at about 35 miles per hour in a 55, Iowa [Continue Reading...]

After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

Visitors gather from the neighboring American Solar Challenge community event to see Iowa State's solar car Phaeton up close. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

[jwplayer mediaid="17282"] Team PrISUm raced more than 180 miles today – at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour – to arrive in third at the Ames checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge. After much anticipation, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton and its escorts drove into Iowa State Center parking lots where they were [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge

Iowa State's solar car Phaeton races at its best in the blazing heat. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Today went exactly as Team PrISUm had planned for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 180 miles from its overnight stay in Decatur, Texas, and passed Principia College to take third upon arriving at the first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma. Now Phaeton is closing [Continue Reading...]

ME professor’s research has life-saving potential

Ganesh Balasubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting research with High Performance Computing (HPC) that could someday change the way tumors are treated. Using HPC technology, a surgeon could treat a tumor through chemical injections rather than radiation. HPC technology can compute a much higher volume of atoms than a regular computer, which allows Balasubramanian to study molecular [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

2014 APEX E class

Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

CoE alumni amongst Grain Processing Corporation new hires and promotions

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) recently announced new hires and personnel promotions, some of whom are CoE alumni: Tim Foster has joined GPC as a maintenance division engineer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, where he also participated in the Naval ROTC. Kyle Burnham has been promoted to feed [Continue Reading...]

Alumni Merit Award winner works to support next generation of engineers

Dale Johnson received the 2014 Iowa State Alumni Association’s Alumni Merit Award. Created in 1932, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that go beyond purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university. Johnson received a BA and MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1960 and 1962, respectively. Unbeknownst to [Continue Reading...]

ME faculty member, student featured on Honors Research Program website


Terry Meyer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Chloe Dedic, graduate student in mechanical engineering, are both featured in videos on the Honors Research Program website. For more than 20 years, this spring-semester program has provided opportunities for faculty to work with talented first-year students in their research. This program introduces students to the world [Continue Reading...]

Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

EOS students

Nine engineering students are currently working in Nicaragua with Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS), in order to better understand how to design for people with very different needs and environmental constraints. EOS is a not-for-profit organization started by Wes Meyer and Greg McGrath, two Iowa State mechanical engineering alumni. The organization focuses on providing low-cost, culturally and [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers find evidence of growing polarization in U.S.

Personal values, race, as well as social and economic inequality, all contribute to the growing political divide in America. To better understand the impact of this division, Iowa State University researchers developed a technique to determine if election results truly represent the “will of the people.” Their study of ballot data from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student engineers met their goal in Formula SAE Lincoln competition

Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team raced all 14 laps around the twisty endurance course at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Airpark last week, piling up enough racing and fuel economy points for a solid return to the competition’s overall top 20. Over the nearly 14-mile endurance race, the team’s car burned 3.616 liters of E-85 fuel, good [Continue Reading...]

Online certificate, Master’s in Energy Systems add to engineering options

The Iowa Board of Regents has recently approved a new Master’s of Engineering in Energy Systems. The 10-course online or on-campus degree is offered through Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and is bolstered by a Graduate Certificate Program and an undergraduate Minor in Energy Systems. “We are pleased the Board of Regents have [Continue Reading...]

ISU student awarded scholarship by Fluid Power Educational Foundation

Nathan Brace, senior in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a scholarship by the Fluid Power Educational Foundation. Fluid Power Educational Foundation’s (FPEF) scholarships help young people enrolled in high schools, technical colleges and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. After careful review of all scholarship applications, the FPEF Board of Trustees would like [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year's racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Greg Bott, finishing a series of 60 mph acceleration runs in a campus parking lot, pulled over to his teammates with a whoop and a double fist pump. “You like?” asked Derek Peters, the technical director of this year’s Iowa State Formula SAE Team. “I like,” said Bott, a senior studying mechanical engineering from Clinton. And then he [Continue Reading...]

Students win grant to develop biochar business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage small businesses to engage in [Continue Reading...]

Transient electronics research featured on Fox News

Fox News featured transient electronics research being done by Reza Montazami, assistant professor in mechanical engineering. The goal of the research is to be able to trigger electronic devices to dissolve and become unusable. Access the Fox News video story below, and read more about Montazami’s research in a story by ISU News Service. Fox News – [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Kory Budlong Sylvester


Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Just when you’re in total awe of the accomplishments of Kory Budlong Sylvester (’92 nuclear engineering), the program manager for Nonproliferation and Treaty Verification at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, his youngest son, Syler, takes you [Continue Reading...]