Team PrISUm visits the National Governor’s Association Meeting

On Saturday, July 16, Team PrISUm took to the road to visit the National Governor’s Association Summer Meeting held July 14-17 in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Governor’s Association is an organization that speaks with a collective voice on national policy and develops innovative solutions that improve state government. This year, the organization asked Team PrISUm to display its solar car as part of the festivities that take place during the meeting.

ASCE student chapter earns recognition for “outstanding activities”

Iowa State University (ISU) senior Erica Mack didn’t waste time diving into civil engineering. “My first week of Iowa State was when I started getting involved in ASCE,” Mack said, describing her first experience with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at Iowa State University (ISU). For going on four years, the Department of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s solar car team ready to race 1,800 miles from national park to national park

Iowa State’s solar car team is getting ready to race a qualifying grand prix and then 1,800 miles across the middle of the country. While the team will certainly try to defend last year’s first-ever overall title, there are other goals, too. The team has big ambitions to race across Australia during next year’s World Solar Challenge. And so team members will use this year’s races to test new systems for the car they’ll design and build for the Australian race.

Discovering new ways of learning abroad

Tyler Miller didn’t always know what his path in college would be. Growing up in the small town of Northfield, Minnesota, Miller knew he wanted to do something in the sciences. When it came time to make a decision, Miller turned to his parents who gave him guidance that led him to Iowa State.

Promoted associate professors teach “cutting edge” engineering in ISU CCEE Department

Professors have multiple responsibilities. That’s how Iowa State Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) Simon Laflamme describes his work. “I think there are two distinct jobs that we do—teaching and research,” Laflamme said. “These are very different.” This July, Laflamme and fellow CCEE Department Professor Jeramy Ashlock earned promotions from assistant to associate [Continue Reading…]

Making the most of her adventure

Leslie Harder, a senior in chemical engineering with a minor in food science, grew up in the small town of Swisher, Iowa. Throughout her life, Harder’s parents have encouraged by her parents to try new things. She’s participated in dance, soccer, and everything in between and graduated near the top of her class with two recognitions: National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.

MSA Professional Services awards scholarship to Pech

BARABOO, WI: As a future agricultural engineer, Spencer Pech wants to help create a more sustainable form of agriculture that can help feed the world in the future. MSA Professional Services (MSA), Baraboo, WI, recently awarded Pech a $1,000 scholarship for the fall 2016 semester to help him achieve that goal.

Shaw awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Santosh Shaw, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, was recently awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Shaw was recognized for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics, or other light-based science. Working with MSE Assistant Professor Ludovico Cademartiri, Shaw’s research [Continue Reading…]

Improving fan efficiency in barns

Katlyn DeVoe grew up on a dairy farm in in Juda, a small town in southern Wisconsin, where her and her family milked 100 head of cattle. When she was ready to go to college, she wanted to continue to learn more about the dairy industry at a strong university that still offered a small-town feeling.

Learning about engineering in Germany

Allie Flessner, an undergraduate in chemical engineering, recently returned from studying abroad in Mannheim, Germany. She’s says the trip introduced her to a new culture while also helping her learn more about engineering concepts.

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…]