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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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...]

Delta Tau Delta receives national honor

Traditional values have landed an ISU fraternity a top-ranking slot among the country’s greek community. The Delta Tau Delta chapter of Iowa State has received 22 Hugh Shields Awards, ranking the fraternity highest in the country for the chapter. Truth, courage, faith and power are the pillars that make up the Gamma Pi chapter of [Continue Reading...]

Eric Almeida: A pilot’s dream

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2009 mechanical engineering alumni completes Air Force pilot training Eric Almeida knew he wanted to be a pilot from the age of 10. After graduating from Iowa State, he was selected for Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) but was later medically disqualified due to poor eyesight. Never giving up on his dream, Almeida [Continue Reading...]

Sonal Padalkar: Studying materials systems with microscopy and engineering

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A fascination for microscopes from an early age led Sonal Padalkar, a new assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Iowa State, to develop an affinity for problem solving using microscopic techniques. Sonal Padalkar grew up looking through the lens of a microscope, seeing new worlds of changing colors and patterns. The experience, she says, gave [Continue Reading...]

Two brothers: One major, one company

Luke (left) and Adam (right) Upah stand next to their father at an ATV race.

Luke and Adam Upah work together at Honda after graduating from mechanical engineering in 2008 and 2013 The Upah brothers grew up in Tama, Iowa, racing and riding dirt bikes and ATVs. Over 20 years later, the duo still lives and races together, but now they work together at Honda off-road power sports research and [Continue Reading...]

Bringing virtual reality into the real world

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A German mechanical engineer is using his background in computer vision and object tracking to design software programs that may one day materialize lifelike 3-D models. Is the table in front of you a real or digital copy? Right now, you might be looking at a four-legged, rectangular figure made of wood and metal. You [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Nine engineering students learn about the human-centered design process in Central America “The opportunity was great, and I would go back in a heartbeat,” said Michelle Bruns, senior in mechanical engineering, about a recent trip to Nicaragua. Nine students from Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department, as well as Luther College’s biology department, relocated to San [Continue Reading...]

Professor dedicates ice bucket challenge to students’ father

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has captured the nation’s attention made its way to Iowa State again. Gloria Starns, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering, dedicated her challenge to the deceased father of two former students. “Two of my former students’ father was a victim of ALS,” Starns said. “I’ll be dedicating this challenge and [Continue Reading...]

Lisa Garrett: An engineer with diverse interests

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Mechanical engineering alumna awarded Tau Beta Pi Laureate award Marching band, Dance Marathon, Tau Beta Pi and study abroad were just a few things Lisa Garrett participated in during her undergraduate career at Iowa State. Because of her diverse interests and excelling beyond engineering, Tau Beta Pi named her a Laureate. In October, Garrett will [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]