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ISU MA named Most Outstanding Chapter for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, the Iowa State chapter of Material Advantage (MA) has received the Most Outstanding Chapter award. The 2011 award was presented at the national Materials Science and Technology Conference, held from October 16–20 in Columbus, Ohio. This year, MA sent 32 students from Iowa State to attend the conference, and they … Continue reading ISU MA named Most Outstanding Chapter for eighth consecutive year

CBE post-doc gets 2nd place in national chemical engineering grad student contest

Iowa State University chemical and biological engineering post-doctorate research associate Latrisha Petersen earned second place in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) BioNanotechnology Graduate Student Competition, presented at AIChE’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 18. Petersen earned the award for her research on the rational design of pathogen mimicking amphiphilic nanoparticle adjuvants. While … Continue reading CBE post-doc gets 2nd place in national chemical engineering grad student contest

Fox and team earn $300K DOE grant for estimating reliability in multiphase flow simulations

The National Energy Technology Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE/NETL) recently awarded ISU Distinguished Professor and Herbert L. Stiles Chair of Chemical Engineering Rodney Fox a $300,000 grant to develop a methodology for estimating uncertainty in simulations of multiphase gas-particle flows, and to implement it into computer code developed at NETL for the … Continue reading Fox and team earn $300K DOE grant for estimating reliability in multiphase flow simulations

Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship

When Kristopher Spoth finished his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky, eight weeks ago, he knew he did well. But he didn’t realize he did well enough to qualify for the Ironman World Championship held October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman World Championship is a long, brutal triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a … Continue reading Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

A laser in Iowa State University’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible fiberglass fabric used to make wind turbine blades. A computer took the laser readings and calculated how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. And if there was … Continue reading Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship

When Kristopher Spoth finished his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Kentucky, eight weeks ago, he knew he did well. But he didn’t realize he did well enough to qualify for the Ironman World Championship held October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman World Championship is a long, brutal triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a … Continue reading Electrical engineering student returns triumphantly from Ironman World Championship

Recycling nuclear waste makes sense for energy future

Carolyn Heising, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, discusses the benefits of recycling used fuel from power reactors, and why it’s a good idea for our country to consider in a guest column in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. One of the arguments against recycling the waste is a risk of plutonium being more accessible. … Continue reading Recycling nuclear waste makes sense for energy future

Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Academics and researchers at Iowa State University have developed a cyber test bed that can simulate all sorts of Internet-based attacks on computer networks, and will soon begin using this test bed to simulate attacks on portions of the national electricity grid. With the help of $500,000 in seed money from the U.S. Department of … Continue reading Cyber test lab at Iowa State University will simulate threats on national grid

Engineering hosts middle school students

The Engineering Student Council hosted Middle School Engineering Day on Tuesday, October 25, an event intended to get junior high students interested and excited about engineering. The day kicked off in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union with electromagnetism demonstrations by Mani Mina, senior lecturer in electrical and computer engineering. Following the presentation, the middle schoolers … Continue reading Engineering hosts middle school students