Cyclone Power Pullers collect hardware at 2016 1/4-Scale Competition

6th place overall; 1st place – written design report; 3rd place – team presentation; winner of safety category, winner of sound level category.

CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Tingting Huang says transportation engineering data analysis can be daunting. “After we’ve collected this data, how do we know if the data is good enough, is good for the research or application?” Huang said. Pranamesh Chakraborty works with massive quantities of data from freeway sensors. He, too, knows that real-world analysis presents challenges. “It’s a huge [Continue Reading…]

From “hola” to “adios,” it’s a memorable experience for CBE’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab group

  ¡La exploración de la ingeniería química en España! (Exploring chemical engineering in Spain!) That’s exactly what the participants in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab Program have been doing for the past five weeks. The long-running program, held in conjunction with the University of Oviedo and the University of [Continue Reading…]

Students earn International Bridge Conference recognition for accelerated bridge construction research

Zhao Cheng knows first-hand the serious effects of earthquakes. “I experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in high school,” Cheng said. “So I desire to construct a bridge that can resist an earthquake well.” Through his research at Iowa State University, that’s what Cheng and fellow graduate assistant Robert Peggar are doing. The two ISU Department of [Continue Reading…]

Undergrad researchers from around the nation settle in with CBE’s BioMaP

Mentored undergraduate research is in full swing in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with the 2016 BioMaP REU program. Twelve students from institutions around the nation have joined with ISU CBE faculty to participate in this novel nine-week research opportunity, formally known as the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates. Participants [Continue Reading…]

Incoming freshmen check out CBE as part of transition program

Students enrolled in the College of Engineering APEXE program have kicked off their summer of transition to Iowa State and are spending time in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The Academic Program for EXcellence for Engineers (APEXE) is an intensive eight-week summer bridge program designed to increase the success rate of incoming [Continue Reading…]

Transportation engineering takes students, faculty to Rome

When it comes to engineering, Chris Williams knows history tends to lead to Rome. “Engineering in its infancy started back in B.C.” the Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering explained. “If you look at Greek and Roman societies, that’s how they flourished and grew. It was because of those basic engineering principles.” So [Continue Reading…]

CCEE students substitute AGC service trip for spring break

Leaky roofs, chipping paint … Jack Viverito paints a vivid picture of houses devastated by storms in Oklahoma City. “You could just see, some of the houses were a complete mess,” Viverito said. “You couldn’t believe [people] were still living in them, when you look next door and [the house] is perfectly fine.” The construction [Continue Reading…]

Graduate Student’s Algorithm Wins Competition at NASA

After receiving the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship in April of 2015, aerospace engineering master’s student Kyle Webb spent 11 weeks at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. During his time at NASA, Webb fine-tuned the aerocapture guidance algorithm that he has been working on as part of his thesis work under Dr. [Continue Reading…]

FPEF awards scholarship to AST senior

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Eric Herbers of New Vienna, Iowa a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Herbers is a senior in agricultural systems technology and was awarded the prestigious scholarship underwritten by Danfoss. “A minimum GPA, an essay, and three letters of recommendation were required from each applicant. The Board of [Continue Reading…]

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…]