AirISU completes its first plane, looks ahead to next project

After six years of hard work, challenges, and unforeseen time delays, AirISU has finally come to the end of the club’s first building project—a two-passenger, light sport aircraft. The group was established as an Iowa State student organization in 2004 with plans to design and build a plane from scratch. In 2006, the students decided … Continue reading AirISU completes its first plane, looks ahead to next project

Cyclone Power Pullers say new design, utility and driveline should boost performance

AMES, Iowa – This year’s ¼-scale tractor looks a lot more like a garden tractor than a hot rod pulling tractor. There’s a nice black hood. LED headlights for the front. And a three-point hitch for the back. It’s all about selling the 31-horsepower tractor as a multi-use vehicle for home, garden or acreage. And … Continue reading Cyclone Power Pullers say new design, utility and driveline should boost performance

Iowa State Programming Team Returns from Poland World Finals

Three Iowa State students returned from Warsaw, Poland from the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest early this May. Out of 113 teams from all around the world, they placed 95th. The team members: Devon Eilers, junior in management information systems, Bryce Sandlund, senior in computer science and Kerrick Staley, senior in computer … Continue reading Iowa State Programming Team Returns from Poland World Finals

Students in HABET prepare to launch a high altitude balloon

Engineering professor and student bond over shared interests

Traditionally, graduate students and their major professors become very well acquainted. They spend hours together furthering research and exploring new theories. Every now and again, a passion outside of academics crops up, just as it has for Doug Jacobson and Joseph Idziorek, who formed a unique bond over foot races that have had them doing … Continue reading Engineering professor and student bond over shared interests

Collaboration helps prepare ConE seniors for future

This spring, students in a new construction engineering course got to experience what it was like to be part of a multidisciplinary design team. The two students taking Building Energy Modeling (ConE 454X) worked in collaboration with an architecture studio class, serving as engineering consultants for a green and sustainability buildings course. Brad Perkins, senior … Continue reading Collaboration helps prepare ConE seniors for future

Iowa State University-patented solder keeps life rolling, cash flowing

AMES, IA. — Most people spend their lives within arm’s reach of lead-free solder, a material that has earned Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University more than $47 million in royalties. To understand how the alloy became the highest-grossing patent in ISU history, think about where and how the average American comes into contact with the … Continue reading Iowa State University-patented solder keeps life rolling, cash flowing

Forging Campus-wide Partnerships

Increasing demand, new technologies, reduced budgets, and a desire for improved efficiencies led to establishing or strengthening partnerships with colleges. Information Technology Services (ITS) and the colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences established shared goals and outcomes in 2011, and other colleges are currently considering ways to partner with ITS toward meeting their … Continue reading Forging Campus-wide Partnerships

Iowa State’s Lunabotics team celebrated by Georgia columnist

While traveling to NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition held in Cape Canaveral, Florida, this week, the Iowa State Lunabotics team met a Georgian columnist who was quite fascinated by the groups’ work. The columnist shared his story in the opinion section of the Cordele Dispatch. Read the full article here.

Mechanical engineering student makes discovery in ductwork

When it comes to creating more energy efficient ventilation systems, one Iowa State student’s research is paving the way for major advancements in the industry. Anthony Fontanini, graduate student in mechanical engineering (ME), is working on several projects that show how simply changing materials can conserve energy by nearly 25 percent in heating, ventilation, and … Continue reading Mechanical engineering student makes discovery in ductwork

Sole Iowa State student awarded national PTI scholarship

Grant Schmitz, a graduate student studying structural engineering, recently won a William C. Bailey Scholarship from the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI). His award was presented at the PTI Technical Conference and Exhibition May 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Schmitz was the only Iowa State University student, of eight winners from schools around the country, to receive a … Continue reading Sole Iowa State student awarded national PTI scholarship