Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

Jaime Juarez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a McNair Mentor, had read a multitude of articles about portable optical microscopes that obtain real-time measurements out in the field instead of in a lab. But among these many articles, he did not find any portable means of performing rheology measurements. Rheology is a branch of … Continue reading Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

Larry Cormicle

Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Larry Cormicle, Dave and Katy Pepper Senior Lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is retiring this May. Cormicle has been teaching at ISU since 2002, has a 24-year career in the construction industry and has been a construction educator for nearly 29 years. He is a registered … Continue reading Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Three engineering postdocs win research and seed funding awards

Three Cyclone Engineer postdoctoral research associates won research awards and funding from the Iowa State University PostDoc Association. Azahar Ali, postdoc in electrical and computer engineering, won a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award. Timothy Morgan, postdoc in mechanical engineering, and Fei Lu, postdoc in materials science and engineering, both have won Postdoctoral Seed Grant funding support.

ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xianglan Bai has been awarded a patent for a process she has developed to convert lignin into precursors of biofuels and chemicals. U.S. Patent 10,190,053, entitled “Pyrolysis of Lignin,” is one of the products of her research group in developing biobased chemicals and fuels. Bai was issued the patent in collaboration … Continue reading ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

Is there a future leader in the house? Perspectives from design and construction students

While it might sound cliché, it’s also true. The future of our industry will be defined by young people in college and apprenticeships today. What do they expect from and will contribute to a career in the architecture, engineering and construction industry? We put those questions, and many more, to members of the National Design-Build Student Championship team from Iowa State. They provide some interesting insights into future generations of design-builders and also offer advice for student teams considering competing in this year’s DBIA National Design-Build Student Competition.

ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship

Two alums from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michael Davies and Tara Mina, recently received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Davies, currently a student in his first year of pursuing a doctorate in computer architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mina, a second-year student pursuing a master’s … Continue reading ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship

CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

Maxsam Donta, a graduating senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), took top honors for research presentations in a recent College of Engineering symposium. Donta’s project is titled “Transdifferentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Schwann Cell-like Phenotypes using Electrical Stimulation.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Surya Mallapragada. Each semester the College of … Continue reading CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

Three ME students win awards at 2019 GPSS Conference

Mechanical engineering graduate students had a strong showing at Iowa State University’s 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Conference, taking home three prizes. Alex Wrede, a Ph.D. student, took home the top-prize in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) category for his presentation entitled “Characterizing the Response of the Brain to Surrounding Cavitation.” “In summary, … Continue reading Three ME students win awards at 2019 GPSS Conference

ECpE’s Vaswani receives prestigious ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

Professor Namrata Vaswani from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University was recently named a recipient of the ISU Award for Mid-Career Achievement in Research. Vaswani has also recently received the ECE Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater University of Maryland, College Park. With 14 years in ECpE at … Continue reading ECpE’s Vaswani receives prestigious ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

Spring 2019 student marshal and outstanding seniors

Each semester, twelve graduating seniors are selected as outstanding seniors to represent the College of Engineering. Of these twelve, one is chosen as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 11.