Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix

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The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

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Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research

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The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), which is housed at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), partnered with the Civil, Construction and Environmental (CCEE) department at Iowa State University to receive the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation J. P. Gleason Fellowship. Peter Taylor, research associate professor of CCEE and director of the [Continue Reading…]

Aaron Still: From a Raider to a Cyclone

Aaron Still, a 2014 graduate of Hudson High School, is a member of the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band.

Aaron Still had a great freshman year at Iowa State University. It was a busy one, too. The week before the fall semester began, Still auditioned for the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band. He demonstrated his marching skills for the directors; played a short, difficult composition on his trombone; and finished by performing the “ISU Fight Song” from memory.

Iowa Learning Farms guest blog post: Making a difference

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Today’s guest blogger is Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! student intern Pacifique Mugwaneza Simon, or Pac for short! Pac is a fourth year student at Iowa State University studying Industrial Technology and Agriculture System Technology. His family is originally from Burundi, a small country in East Africa, but Pac spent most of his childhood in refugee [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

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Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic [Continue Reading…]

Danfoss Fluid Power Teaching Lab places 3rd in photo contest

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A photo submitted by Dr. Brian Steward, and taken by communications specialist Dana Woolley, earned 3rd place in the “Fluid Power Professionals in Action” category. The photo contest was started to celebrate the wonder of fluid power and those in this industry. It’s a fun, creative way to get professionals involved and showcase what they [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Creating positive change through engineering and leadership

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“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” – Brené Brown Before I even officially chose Iowa State, I was approached by a learning community called Women in Science and Engineering. After hearing more about the program on my campus visit, I quickly made my decision and then [Continue Reading…]

FPEF Awards Scholarship to Andrew Hansen, Iowa State University

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Andrew Hansen, mechanical engineering senior, a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Hansen was one of the top eight (8) students and received the distinguished FPEF scholarship underwritten by Danfoss, Ames, Iowa. Hansen was formerly enrolled in ABEME 413 taught by Dr. Brian Steward, professor of agricultural and biosystems [Continue Reading…]

Caterpillar crowdsourcing event demonstrates students’ innovative capabilities

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Student organizations work on real-life design challenge The College of Engineering hosted its first ever crowdsourcing day with Caterpillar on April 11, 2015. Seven student organizations that work with engineering design were invited to participate in this full-day challenge to solve a real problem the company was facing. Students were charged with developing a new [Continue Reading…]

Governor, Iowa DOT to honor Iowa State construction engineering students

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department of Transportation selected students of the Iowa State University Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award. They will be honored at a recognition ceremony June 8 at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Andy Reynolds, a spring 2015 construction engineering graduate, is [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate awarded for paper on spray research

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Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]

Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Young innovators bring creations to life in NASA Goddard Spinoff Challenge

Which of NASA’s space-venturing creations would you like to see used on Earth? Are there ways to reinvent spacecraft technologies that could improve the lives of humans? Students across the country joined forces to answer these questions and ultimately design a virtual environment for showcasing ideas in the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Spinoff Challenge. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students apply construction engineering theory to electrical boards

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Thirty-nine students, divided into seven teams, compile power drills, load centers, pull wire, screws, circuit breakers, and light bulbs to assemble them onto 2-by-4-foot plywood boards. They build scaled-down building electrical systems – an exciting project in CON E 353, the electrical systems for building course in Iowa State University’s construction engineering program. Jenny Baker, [Continue Reading…]

French high jumper Vallet warming to life at Iowa State

A little Googling took Marine Vallet a long way. The high jumper from France needed to complete a study-abroad program as part of her degree requirements for INSA Rennes. So the materials engineering major did a little research and landed at Iowa State. She found the corresponding courses. She got along well with the coaches.

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA compeition

Phillip Molnar, left, Tyler Broich, right, and the rest of the Cyclone Space Mining team are busy assembling their robot for NASA's May 18-22 competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Larger photo. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready to order a few more blocks of aluminum that could be turned into all those new parts.

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student in mechanical engineering named honorable mention for Zaffarano Prize

Ammar Meliabari, graduate student in mechanical engineering, was selected as an honorable mention for the 2015 Zaffarano Prize. The Zaffarano Prize recognizes superior performance in publishable research by an Iowa State graduate student. This year’s recognition continues a streak in graduate research awards for the mechanical engineering department. In 2013, Joe Miller became the first [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

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A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities.

Iowa State bids farewell to graduating class of 2015

Three commencement ceremonies this weekend gave Iowa State over 4,000 new alumni. The Graduate college commencement happened Friday, with an address by Susan Lamont, C.F. Curtis Distinguished Professor in agricultural and life sciences. “I propose to you tonight that when you follow your own internal compass guided by your own personal set of wisely chosen and deeply hallowed values, then you will have a life of satisfaction and a life that will make a significant contribution to society and to the world,” Lamont said. “Because I know that 10 years from now it will make a difference that you graduated from Iowa State University.”

Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

The Iowa State Baja SAE Team recently competed in Auburn, Alabama. Team members are, left to right, Zach Verbeck (far back), Jameson Gavac, Nathan Eick, Derick Whited, Andy Raudabaugh, John Bavlsik, Erik Rasmussen (the driver), Katie Ginapp, Jake Conway, Nick Dugan and Ryan Werner. Larger photo. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa State Baja SAE Team.)

It was a Friday afternoon and there was Zach Verbeck in the back of the Cyclone Racing garage, working away on a homemade brake dyno, looking for data that could improve the performance of Iowa State’s mini off-road racer. The senior from Cedar Falls who’s studying mechanical engineering was taking torque readings in foot-pounds. He [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State freshmen build multidisciplinary research, 3D printing technology experience

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Three freshman honors students used 3D printing technology and more to conduct structural engineering research with Simon Laflamme, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University. Students involved in the project were mechanical engineering freshman Heather Murphy, pre-industrial design freshman Derek Coulter, and industrial engineering freshman Connor Theisen. They participated in [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace graduate students recognized at PDC

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The 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) was held April 13 – 17, 2015, in Frascati, Italy. The theme was “Assessing Impact Risk & Managing Response.” Over 300 people from all over the world traveled to Frascati, a town in the province of Rome in central Italy. Representing Iowa State University and the Department of [Continue Reading…]

CBE grad student Kiva Forsmark earns Teaching Excellence Award

Kiva Forsmark (right) celebrates her Teaching Excellence Award with Chemical and Biological Engineering Department Chair Dr. Andy Hillier (left) and Dr. Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, who nominated her for the award.

Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student Kiva Forsmark has been presented with an Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award for her work as a Teaching Assistant in ChE 381, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics. Her nomination was initiated by Professor Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, with Professors Matthew Panthani and Yue Wu co-signing the nomination. Forsmark was assigned to work [Continue Reading…]