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...]

ABE students in agricultural systems technology featured in RESOURCE Magazine

Identical twins + engineering ≠ identical careers

They look the same, sound the same and possess the same thirst for knowledge and adventure. They even studied engineering for their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Despite these similarities, identical twins Erik and Luke Goetzke chose to pursue different career paths – albeit in the engineering industry. “We’re not the inseparable [Continue Reading...]

IE senior leads new ISU student organization

Steven Way, senior in industrial engineering, combined his passions for soccer and giving back to others to create a new student organization at Iowa State. The organization, Pencils of Promise (PoP) at Iowa State University, is a service organization that is part of an international mission to build sustainable schooling programs in four countries around [Continue Reading...]

Student engineers among Move-In Crew, carry the freshman load

Cars slowed to a crawl around campus Aug. 19 and 20 for freshman move-in days while thousands of students and their totes of clothes, DVDs and plastic dishes were clustered in dorm parking lots. “When I was with my sister when she moved in Illinois State University, it took a couple hours,” said Thomas Siegele, freshman [Continue Reading...]

Impressive salaries for recent CALS, ABE graduates

CALS Career Services has released the annual salary summary for December 2013 and May 2014 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees. The report is the largest ever, with 17 universities participating and more than 3,020 salary data points. The agronomy sector had the highest overall average increase of 2.85 percent, according to Mike Gaul, career services director. [Continue Reading...]

Augustine Villa named Cargill Scholar

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A chemical engineering student is learning about advancing the future global economy thanks to a scholarship opportunity. Brain cancer survivor, high school valedictorian and Cargill Global Scholar are just three things Augustine Villa has achieved in his 21 years of life. But that’s not all Villa, who is a chemical engineering major with Spanish minor, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State geotech student presents asphalt research in Spanish

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Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University geotechnical engineering doctoral student, recently presented – in Spanish – at the 9th International Conference of Asphalt. Ng developed a presentation on the modification of asphalt-rubber binders and mixes with polyoctenamer, based on geotechnical engineering research under the direction of Professor Chris Williams. “There is an international push [Continue Reading...]

New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money

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In collaboration with John Deere, Iowa State University materials engineers developed a new method to quickly and accurately predict fatigue crack growth in metals – a costly engineering problem that is responsible for loss of human life. Fatigue ultimately caused the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota that killed 13 people [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

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Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

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While Iowa State University is already known for its engineering school, Clayton Anderson wanted to give more experience to students. Anderson, an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, formed a week-long space operation workshop for six students. Throughout this week, the students have experienced lessons such as scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving in [Continue Reading...]

Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

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Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had [Continue Reading...]

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

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A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV [Continue Reading...]

Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

Several solar cars from around the world lined up on the finish line in Minnesota. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles [Continue Reading...]

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.

[jwplayer mediaid="17282"] 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 [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...]