Year: 2010

Mechanical engineering students exhibit projects at Design Expo

Mechanical engineering students exhibited projects they have worked on since August at the first Design Expo at Howe Hall. “The purpose is to showcase all the work that the students have done this semester on design projects,” said Dr. Erin MacDonald, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “They work so hard to have these tangible outcomes … Continue reading Mechanical engineering students exhibit projects at Design Expo

Corn stover converted into bioproducts at research farm

At the Biorenewable Research Farm, many projects are underway that deal with conversion or transportation of biofuels. One project deals with using corn stover transported from fields and harvesting, and converting it into types of bioproducts. The project is led by Matthew Darr, assistant professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering, and Stuart Birrel, associate professor … Continue reading Corn stover converted into bioproducts at research farm

Chaudhary fabricates more efficient polymer solar cells

Researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have developed a process capable of producing a thin and uniform light-absorbing layer on textured substrates that improves the efficiency of polymer solar cells by increasing light absorption. “Our technology efficiently utilizes the light trapping scheme,” said Sumit Chaudhary, an Iowa State assistant professor of electrical … Continue reading Chaudhary fabricates more efficient polymer solar cells

Wlezien receives Coffman Medallion

  On November 19, Rich Wlezien received the Coffman medallion during a ceremony that included remarks from President Gregory Geoffroy and Dean Jonathan Wickert. Wlezien joined the college in August this year as chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and is the first to hold the recently created Coffman departmental chair. Vance Coffman, an … Continue reading Wlezien receives Coffman Medallion

MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering

Each summer, juniors in Army ROTC from around the nation participate in a Leadership Development and Assessment Course where they are evaluated on different leadership attributes. Trenton Fredrickson, now a senior in materials engineering, traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington, to endure a physical fitness test, obstacle course, day/night land navigation scenario, first-aid training, gas chamber … Continue reading MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering

Vlasta Klima Balloun professorships benefit wide-ranging research

A named professorship steeped in history, gifted by an alum with deep family ties to Iowa State, is advancing the work of two prominent engineering researchers. The Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Engineering—actually two professorships—is a title now held by Balaji Narasimhan, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and a professor of … Continue reading Vlasta Klima Balloun professorships benefit wide-ranging research

MSE group named best chapter for 7th straight year

The Iowa State Chapter of Material Advantage (MA) received the “Most Outstanding Chapter” Award at this year’s national Materials Science and Technology Conference, marking seven consecutive years of earning the award. Kate Lindley, junior in materials engineering and president of the Iowa State chapter, said each award is an amazing achievement that continues to push … Continue reading MSE group named best chapter for 7th straight year

ISU grad, spacewalker ponders NASA’s future as shuttle program ends

by Matt Kelley on November 25, 2010 in Human Interest,Technology The countdown clock is winding down on America’s space shuttle program, but astronaut Clay Anderson says he isn’t giving up on space. Anderson, the first and only Iowa State University graduate ever to reach orbit, says he hopes as this era of NASA space shuttles … Continue reading ISU grad, spacewalker ponders NASA’s future as shuttle program ends

College’s cabinet in place

The College of Engineering’s announcement in October that Dr. Gary Mirka has been promoted to the position of associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education capped a period of administrative changes that began last spring. Mirka, currently the John Ryder Professor and Department Chair of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, moves into the associate dean’s … Continue reading College’s cabinet in place