Knowledge on Tap – Uniting Iowa State University and the Ames community

About the author: Allison Cargill is currently a mechanical engineering graduate student at Iowa State University working on biosensor development. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Allison moved to Ames in 2014 for graduate school and is a third generation Iowa State engineer.  What comes to mind when [Continue Reading…]

Assistant professor receives ASEE Mechanical Engineering Division New Educator Award

Since he joined Iowa State in 2012, Ganesh Balasubramanian, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, has been working on developing and implementing learning content for the next generation of students, scientists, and engineers that integrates research with education. He says tying research with student learning is increasingly important and inevitable given the speed of scientific [Continue Reading…]

Alum creates cloud-based application to make payments easier between owners, contractors, and designers.

Throughout his career, ISU alum John Trickel has been providing companies across Iowa with engineering expertise for everything from electrical lighting to plumbing to energy efficiency. Trickel, who earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 1993, owns the company VGI Design, and the impact of his work can even be seen on Iowa State’s campus [Continue Reading…]

Medford resident Dr. Daniela Faas honored by Worcester Academy Varsity Club

Iowa State Formula Team working overtime to re-engineer race car downforce and drag

Mechanical engineering student receives Alliant Energy/Erroll B. Davis Jr. Award

Raul Hernandez, a senior in mechanical engineering, was not always certain of what his future held. Born and raised in Mexico, Hernandez came to the United States in 2001, and he and his family settled in Rock Island, Illinois. Hernandez is the oldest of three and the first to attend higher education—his brother is in [Continue Reading…]

Nastaran Hashemi receives UHC Mentoring and Teaching Award

Nastaran Hashemi, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently received the University Honors Committee Award for Teaching and Mentoring.

Iowa State’s Baja team wins first endurance race of the season, aims for more

Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team has already won a long race and earned a top-10 overall finish. The team’s racing season still has stops in California and New York. To get ready, the student-engineers have been collecting data and fine-tuning their off-road racer.

Levitas Receives ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Dr. Valery Levitas, Iowa State’s Schafer Professor of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, has been named the 2016 recipient of the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. This award recognizes faculty members for outstanding career achievements in research, outstanding national and international recognition in the academic community, and a substantial positive impact of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

Engineers from across the country — including Iowa State’s Ted Heindel — will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

Student – industry collaboration aims to capture energy from the prairie

Written by Bob Mills, communications and marketing for the Bioeconomy Institute Two teams of mechanical engineering students from Iowa State University have designed a system to convert prairie grasses into fuels and other products as part of their senior capstone project. The effort involved close collaboration with an industrial company, Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC, including a visit [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Space Mining doubles down on new and better robot technology