Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

Members of Cyclone Space Mining, left to right, Katie Goebel, John Heinig, Brian Jend, Nathan Beougher, David Peiffer, Phil Molnar, Alex Grant, and Faculty Adviser Jim Heise demonstrate their robotic miner on Hilo Bay Beach in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.

There they were, at 10,000 feet on the remote and rugged slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, running their robot through the same volcanic soil NASA uses to test space rovers. “This was otherworldly,” said Jim Heise, the faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining. Six teams of students from [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm stopped by police, but still third in American Solar Challenge

From the view of Team PrISUm's lead vehicle, Wisconsin police run verify the solar car's licensing and registration. Provided by Team PrISUm.

Members of Team PrISUm had an unexpected surprise today when they raced across the Iowa border into Wisconsin to the La Crosse stage stop of the American Solar Challenge. Their solar car Phaeton was pulled over by the police. While traveling on a rural highway at about 35 miles per hour in a 55, Iowa [Continue Reading...]

After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

Visitors gather from the neighboring American Solar Challenge community event to see Iowa State's solar car Phaeton up close. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Team PrISUm raced more than 180 miles today – at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour – to arrive in third at the Ames checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge. After much anticipation, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton and its escorts drove into Iowa State Center parking lots where they were greeted by [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm to visit Ames in American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm raced more than 257 miles today and was third to arrive at the stage stop in Omaha, Nebraska – the halfway point in the American Solar Challenge race. They’ll soon be on their way to Ames, Iowa – the race’s next checkpoint. “It’s a lot of fun knowing that we’ll be heading home [Continue Reading...]

Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm lost valuable race time during yesterday’s rain, but they’re planning to make a comeback tomorrow – the fifth day of the American Solar Challenge. “We had a hard time yesterday, but we still held onto third place,” said Rachel Hoke, the team’s treasurer and a junior in electrical engineering, “and we’re slowly working [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm races through rainy weather in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm readies its solar car Phaeton on the morning of day three of the American Solar Challenge. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Rain or shine, Team PrISUm raced more than 230 miles today while holding onto third place in the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton had barely set out from the race’s first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma, when the skies darkened and rain began to fall. “We tried to beat the weather a [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge

Iowa State's solar car Phaeton races at its best in the blazing heat. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Today went exactly as Team PrISUm had planned for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 180 miles from its overnight stay in Decatur, Texas, and passed Principia College to take third upon arriving at the first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma. Now Phaeton is closing [Continue Reading...]

ELO offers new online certification prep program

The Engineering-LAS Online Learning program is now offering a course for anyone interested in pursuing Methods-Time Measurement Universal Analyzing System (MTM-UAS) certification. The training course discusses construction principles, time elements and simultaneous motions, and methods improvements of MTM-UAS. Those interested in industrial engineering or who have a need to develop optimal work measurement standards and [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

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Kelsey Regan has always had a love for the environment and adventure. As a former runner, Regan trained with Iowa State’s track and field and cross-country teams her first year of college. She left the team when she became injured and realized she wouldn’t continue running much longer. Looking for a new adventure, she took [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm charges through sunny weather, places fourth on first day of American Solar Challenge

Members of Team PrISUm recharge Phaeton's batteries for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

Hot, sunny weather and a problem free drive gave Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton a strong head start on the first day of the cross-country American Solar Challenge (ASC). Team PrISUm – the Iowa State students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fourth at the ASC [Continue Reading...]

APEX for Engineers helps incoming multicultural students adjust to university life

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Twenty-two engineering students are getting a jump-start on their Iowa State experience through a summer bridge program. When Alexis Moreno was preparing for his freshman year at Iowa State a year ago, he was nervous about the transition from high school to college. Moreno, who is originally from Chicago, says he was looking forward to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm sets speed record, qualifies for American Solar Challenge

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Despite adverse weather conditions and system bugs, Iowa State’s solar racecar Phaeton set a speed record at the Circuit of Americas this past weekend. Team PrISUm – the students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fifth at the track race hosted by the Formula Sun Grand [Continue Reading...]

ABE student wins scholarship from meat industry

After holding a record-setting fundraising event during the Food Processing Suppliers Association Annual Conference earlier this year, a total of seven, $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students studying meat science at universities across the country by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF). The scholarship winners include Ashley Collins, Kansas State Univ.; Cody [Continue Reading...]

ECpE hosts honorary symposium for Aziz Fouad

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The life and career of Aziz Fouad (PhDEE ’56), distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was celebrated during an honorary symposium July 7 at the Memorial Union. Friends, family and colleagues joined in the Campanile Room to honor Professor Fouad and welcome him back to campus. “Whether [Continue Reading...]

ISU Solar Car Team

The Iowa State Solar Car Team is working to finish their latest car before heading to Texas this summer. There they will try to qualify for the 8 day, 1700 mile cross country race from Austin to Minneapolis. The team is hoping to improve on their 2nd place finish in 2012. For more information visit [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State partners engineering with arts to develop hybrid courses

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Iowa State University’s construction engineering program has partnered engineering students, a multimedia expert, and an alumnus to pilot hybrid learning course development. From 2012 to 2014, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren and his team of engineering students and multimedia experts developed a hybrid learning model that efficiently combines online and in-classroom course content. [Continue Reading...]

ECpE students earn NSF graduate research fellowships

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by Michael Still The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) was started in 1952 to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States. Today, this program continues to recognize and support outstanding graduates in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Iowa State University students [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student engineers met their goal in Formula SAE Lincoln competition

Iowa State’s Formula SAE Team raced all 14 laps around the twisty endurance course at the Lincoln (Nebraska) Airpark last week, piling up enough racing and fuel economy points for a solid return to the competition’s overall top 20. Over the nearly 14-mile endurance race, the team’s car burned 3.616 liters of E-85 fuel, good [Continue Reading...]

Major league summer scholars

Ever wonder how the future scientists and engineers of America spend their summers? Chances are they’re doing some major league computing, modeling, theorizing and experimenting like Iowa State’s four Goldwater Scholars. In March, William Lindemann, Jacob Harry, Rachel Philiph and Thomas Knief received Goldwater Scholarships — the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship for science and engineering. [Continue Reading...]

ISU student awarded scholarship by Fluid Power Educational Foundation

Nathan Brace, senior in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a scholarship by the Fluid Power Educational Foundation. Fluid Power Educational Foundation’s (FPEF) scholarships help young people enrolled in high schools, technical colleges and engineering schools pursue their interests in fluid power. After careful review of all scholarship applications, the FPEF Board of Trustees would like [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student-engineers tune their open-wheel racer for speed, reliability

Greg Bott takes the 2014 Formula SAE racer out for another test run across a campus parking lot. This year's racer sports the colors of its primary sponsor, Patriot Renewable Fuels of Annawan, Illinois. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Greg Bott, finishing a series of 60 mph acceleration runs in a campus parking lot, pulled over to his teammates with a whoop and a double fist pump. “You like?” asked Derek Peters, the technical director of this year’s Iowa State Formula SAE Team. “I like,” said Bott, a senior studying mechanical engineering from Clinton. And then he [Continue Reading...]

ISU students visit Warsaw University, Ag Study Abroad in Poland (translated article)

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CoE students reflect on their adventure at Iowa State

Hear what these four engineering students have to say about their adventure at Iowa State University – thanks to ISU Marketing. Chemical engineering graduate Nicholas Bormann shares how he was able to research with a professor, become published and get involved to enjoy his adventure. Civil engineering graduate Ryan Francois shares his experiences studying abroad, participating in [Continue Reading...]

Students win grant to develop biochar business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs encourage small businesses to engage in [Continue Reading...]

Chemical and biological engineering grad student aims to conquer limits with PhD

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Joseph Petefish, a chemical engineer from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, chose to pursue his Ph.D. at Iowa State University for the world of opportunities that comes along with a doctorate degree in his field. The Ph.D. will come in handy if Petefish ever decides to teach, but for now, he wants to make sure he has [Continue Reading...]