Advanced manufacturing important for Iowa

Iowa State recently hosted Vice President Joe Biden and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who came to campus March 1 to highlight the importance of innovation and advanced manufacturing to the American economy. Vice President Biden’s visit to Howe Hall also included a tour of aerospace engineering’s Make to Innovate lab, where Iowa State President Steven … Continue reading Advanced manufacturing important for Iowa

Students represent college during Vice President visit, share perspectives on engineering and the economy

When Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack came to Iowa State this March, campus was a flurry of excitement as final preparations were pulled together. Students, faculty, and staff at the university partnered with secret service and governmental administrators to coordinate an event that ran seamlessly. Among the commotion were Katie … Continue reading Students represent college during Vice President visit, share perspectives on engineering and the economy

A computational approach to improving organic solar cells

Integrating computational thinking with experimental analysis in renewable energy research, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is focused on designing better organic solar cells. The computational tools he is developing will help classify and characterize the way the plastic thin film cells respond to different conditions and configurations. He explains that doing this work … Continue reading A computational approach to improving organic solar cells

Improving the capabilities of atomic force microscopy

A series of algorithms being developed by Aditya Ramamoorthy could make using atomic force microscopes (AFMs) significantly faster when imaging and characterizing soft materials. Ramamoorthy, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has support from a $413,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award to work on the project “Joint topographic imaging and characterization using atomic force … Continue reading Improving the capabilities of atomic force microscopy

Undergraduate researchers love the lab

Three chemical engineering students are getting a sneak peak into hands-on research as undergraduate research assistants. Thanks to an undergraduate research opportunity, Katelyn Dahlke, Scott Meester, and Drew Sikkema are running experiments on polymer micro-emulsions under the guidance of Jennifer O’Donnell, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering. Dahlke, a sophomore, first heard about undergraduate … Continue reading Undergraduate researchers love the lab

Polikar earns College of Engineering alumni award

Robi Polikar (MSEE’95, MSBME’95, PhDEE’00, PhDBME’00) will receive the 2012 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at the Marston Club Dinner on April 19. The award was created to recognize outstanding professional progress, personal development, and distinguished community service by engineering alumni under the age of 46. Polikar received his bachelor’s … Continue reading Polikar earns College of Engineering alumni award

ME alum Richard Stanley honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Richard H. Stanley (BSME/BSECpE’55) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to Iowa State alumni that recognizes preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work. The ISU Alumni Association will honor him with the award at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration on April 20. Read more about Richard Stanley’s many accomplishments.

Engineering undergraduates among group showcasing research at annual Capitol event April 4

Twenty-four Iowa State University undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the seventh annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. From engineering, the students are: Conrad Brendel, Elizabethtown, Penn., environmental engineering: … Continue reading Engineering undergraduates among group showcasing research at annual Capitol event April 4

Two engineering students take home prizes from inaugural Iowa State pitch contest

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community hosted its inaugural Innovation Pitch Competition on March 20. The competition was open to students from all disciplines on campus and drew 21 participants, ranging from freshmen through the graduate level. Four prizes were awarded, with two of them going to engineering students. Best Overall Pitch – Shaun VanWeelden, a sophomore in computer engineering, took home … Continue reading Two engineering students take home prizes from inaugural Iowa State pitch contest

Sauer-Danfoss donates equipment to Iowa State University student lab

AMES, Iowa — Sauer-Danfoss Inc. of Ames has donated advanced hydraulic and electronics equipment to Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering to enhance hands-on training of students. “We appreciate Sauer-Danfoss’ generous donation and its commitment to helping us achieve the highest quality student education possible,” said Steve Mickelson, chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “This … Continue reading Sauer-Danfoss donates equipment to Iowa State University student lab

IMSE program ranked 20th nationally among public institutions

The Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State ranks 27th nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and is ranked 20th among public institutions. The ISU College of Engineering ranks No. 43 nationally, and among public institutions, maintained its rank of 25th overall. “Iowa State’s College of Engineering continues … Continue reading IMSE program ranked 20th nationally among public institutions