ME alum Rex Harvey elected chair of USA Masters Track & Field

ISU mechanical engineering alum and former Cyclone pole vaulter Rex Harvey has been elected chair of USA Masters Track & Field. The Redfield, Iowa-native will head the division of USA Track & Field for athletes 35 years and older. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State and an MS in systems management from the [Continue Reading…]

Q&A with ME alum Srikanth Padmanabhan

Srikanth Padmanabhan (PhDME ’91) – President of Engine Business at Cummins Inc. – visited campus earlier this semester and sat down with ME Communications Specialist Nick Fetty to discuss his upbringing in India, his experiences as a student at Iowa State, his memories of Iowa, Cyclone basketball during the Fred Hoiberg Jeff Grayer playing days, [Continue Reading…]

ME’s Claussen uses biosensors to help farmers with pesticide application

ME’s Wickert reappointed as senior vice president and provost

ME staff and faculty participate in No-Shave November

More than a dozen faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering participated in this year’s No-Shave November. No-Shave November is “a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” National organizations participating in this year’s campaign include the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student voted vice president of Graduate and Professional Student Senate

ME master’s student Ashton Archer has been voted vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Archer replaces outgoing vice president Bharat Agrawal who announced on Nov. 28 he would step down because of “health issues.” Archer along with fellow senator Niloo Parvin were nominated to fill the vacant seat and Archer won [Continue Reading…]

ME’s Agba uses software to prepare students for industry

Similar to a set of calipers, micrometers and tape measure, computers have become tools that are part of the daily routine for many mechanical engineers. Students in the ME 324 Manufacturing Engineering Lab work closely with a simulation software program known as MAGMASOFT® which helps to model various casting processes for a wide variety of [Continue Reading…]

ME Grad Student Gets Double Win with Research Poster

This article was written by Robert Mills of the Bioeconomy Institute Jake Lindstrom, Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, has recently won two awards for his research poster on thermal deconstruction of biomass to increase monosaccharide yields. He won the best student poster award conference at TCS 2016, marking the third straight time an [Continue Reading…]

ME lecturer looks forward to his role as a teacher at ISU

With more than three decades of experience between industry and academia, mechanical engineering senior lecturer Michael Messman brings a unique perspective to the department. Messman joined the Iowa State faculty at the start of the 2016-17 academic year after spending nearly a decade at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, South [Continue Reading…]

ME alum, Iraq War vet implements conservation farming practices in Northern Iowa

An Iowa State University mechanical engineering alumnus and Iraq War veteran was recently featured on the United States Department of Agriculture blog for his efforts practicing conservation farming techniques in Northern Iowa. Adam Boge joined the military right out of high school before attending ISU where he studied Ag Systems Technology and Mechanical Engineering. His [Continue Reading…]

2nd Annual Caterpillar Innovation Challenge

Students from various clubs participated in a daylong workshop in which they brainstormed and produced a door design for bulldozers and other machinery. The event was hosted by Caterpillar Inc. and took place October 15, 2016 on the Iowa State University campus. Check out the video below as well as photos from the event.

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…]