Levitas and students published in foremost physics journal

An Iowa State professor and his PhD student are gaining global recognition for their work on surface-induced phase transformations. Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, along with PhD student Mahdi Javanbakht were published in Physical Review Letters (PRL, 2011, Vol. 107, 175701), the world’s foremost … Continue reading Levitas and students published in foremost physics journal

Manatt, Dakovich inducted into AGC of Iowa Hall of Fame

Milt Dakovich, 1976 and 1977 construction engineering alumnus, and the late Michael Manatt, 1975 civil engineering alumnus, were inducted January 11 into the Associated General Contractors of Iowa (AGC of Iowa) Hall of Fame. The AGC of Iowa Hall of Fame inducts those, like Dakovich and Manatt, who have “exhibited extraordinary leadership and commitment to … Continue reading Manatt, Dakovich inducted into AGC of Iowa Hall of Fame

Light-emitting nanofibers shine the way for optoelectronic textiles

Nanowerk, one of the web’s top destinations for news on all things nanotechnology, is highlighting the work of Iowa State’s Liang Dong in its January 27 edition of Nanowerk Highlights. Dong, the Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor in electrical and computer engineering (ECpE), is working with organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and has built a one-dimensional electroluminescent device into a … Continue reading Light-emitting nanofibers shine the way for optoelectronic textiles

Vote for Iowa State engineers in America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge

MSE graduates and postdoc research associates Joel Rieken and Andy Heidloff are competing in the Department of Energy’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge. The duo started the company Iowa Power Atomization Technologies (IPAT) to bring titanium powder, a substance that can be used in military, biomedical, and aerospace applications, to market. Their technology uses a … Continue reading Vote for Iowa State engineers in America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge

Nontraditional engineering student inspires as student, mother, wife

Photo courtesy of The Ames Tribune (Nirmal Majumdar) A typical day for Alexandra Bruns begins at 5:30 a.m. and ends at 2 a.m. the next day. Each day she completes a 20.5-hour cycle in the life of a stellar graduate student, mother, and wife. Bruns is 32 and recently completed the undergraduate portion of her … Continue reading Nontraditional engineering student inspires as student, mother, wife

Aliprantis wants to ‘sculpt’ more powerful electric motors and generators

Dionysios Aliprantis took up an imaginary hammer and chisel and pounded away at the air. “Think of the ancient Greeks and their sculptures,” said the Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Now apply the idea of a sculptor precisely chipping away at stone to the electric motors that run our machines and … Continue reading Aliprantis wants to ‘sculpt’ more powerful electric motors and generators

Jacqueline Shanks named to US Department of Energy committee

Manley R. Hoppe Professor Dr. Jacqueline Shanks has recently been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee (BERAC). As one of four engineers on this 25-member national committee, Shanks lends her expertise in biorenewable and environmental engineering research to recommend solutions to national biological and environmental issues. “I … Continue reading Jacqueline Shanks named to US Department of Energy committee

What the power industry has to learn about cyber vulnerability disclosure

IEEE, the world’s largest professional association advancing technology for humanity, published the January edition of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, which kicks off the new year with a look at what the power industry has to learn about cyber vulnerability disclosure and mitigation in software. Of equal significance are articles on ensuring interoperability amongst products … Continue reading What the power industry has to learn about cyber vulnerability disclosure