ME lecturer focuses on biorenewables and energy

Iowa’s role as one of the nation’s agricultural leaders extends beyond helping to feed the rest of the country and other parts of world. Corn, for example, can be used for everything from pharmaceuticals that keep us from becoming ill to providing the fuel that helps to meet our energy needs. The latter is part [Continue Reading…]

ME professor studies biological aspects of mechanical engineering

While mechanical engineering has historically conjured up images of grease and gears, assistant professor Sarah Bentil’s research aims to expand the field by focusing on what she considers “the ultimate machine”:  the human body. “Just as with any machine, the body requires power to do work and it can also fail. The objective of my [Continue Reading…]

Two ME professors receive Air Force research awards

Mechanical engineering assistant professors Soumik Sarkar and Travis Sippel are recent recipients of the Air Force Office of Science Research‘s (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) award. Sarkar was awarded for his research proposal entitled “A Neural-Symbolic approach to Real-time Decision-making in Complex Aerospace Systems” while Sippel’s proposal is “Microwave Enhancement of Composite Solid Propellant Flames.” Matthew Panthani, an [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State researchers fabricate microfibers for single-cell studies, tissue engineering

Human computer interaction grad develops online sports video game site

Experience at Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center jumpstarts career in online game design Josh Brown knew he wanted to design games before he was in high school. He just wasn’t sure how he was going to create a career out of his passion. Thanks to finding the right degree programs at Iowa State—earning a [Continue Reading…]

ISU surpasses Georgia Tech as nation’s largest undergrad mechanical engineering program

Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) recently surpassed Georgia Tech University as the largest undergraduate ME program in the country. According to data provided by each institution, ISU’s undergraduate ME program has 2185 students for the 2016-17 academic year, 28 students more than the Atlanta-based university. “When I learned of the news, I [Continue Reading…]

Students conduct biomass research at BioCentury Research Farm

At the BioCentury Research Farm, student researchers are learning valuable skills, including how to use stalks from crops to create renewable biofuels and how to grow algae for use in aquaculture feed and water cleanup systems. The BioCentury Research Farm is the first integrated research and demonstration facility in the nation dedicated to biomass production [Continue Reading…]

ME lecturer focuses on engaging undergraduate students

As a young student in her home country of Italy, Paola Pittoni remembers it was strong teachers that had the greatest impact on her. Now as a mechanical engineering lecturer herself, Pittoni hopes that she can leave just as lasting an impact on her students. “The reason I wanted to be a lecturer is because [Continue Reading…]

Engineering runs in the family for three generations of ISU alums

For the Cargills, engineering is a family matter. Three decades of Cargills have walked the halls of Iowa State University beginning with Patty Cargill’s father – Lyle Feisel – who studied electrical engineering in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After earning his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from ISU, Lyle went on to have [Continue Reading…]

ME’s Hsu named a 2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher

Ming-Chen Hsu, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, was recently named a 2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. Each year Thompson Reuters, a Toranto-based mass media company, compiles a list of the top 1 percent of the most cited researchers with papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection between 2004 [Continue Reading…]

Faculty and staff recognized during 2016 College of Engineering Convocation

On Sept. 8, Sarah Rajala, James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering, welcomed College of Engineering faculty and staff to the start of the new year with the 2016 Convocation. During the presentation, she discussed the past year’s accomplishments and goals for the next year, provided a financial update, and recognized new faculty and [Continue Reading…]

$2.2 million grant will study bioprosthetic heart valve durability with computer simulations

Ming-Chen Hsu, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, is part of a research team recently awarded more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop computer simulations that improve the durability of bioprosthetic heart valves (BHV). The new study aims to build on existing research in the field of BHV and develop [Continue Reading…]