ME graduate student recognized for outstanding dissertation

Mahdi Javanbakht, postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2014 Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation. The Karas Award recognizes excellence in doctoral research at Iowa State. Two winners are selected each year, and are therefore nominated for the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award. Javanbakht’s dissertation … Continue reading ME graduate student recognized for outstanding dissertation

Nine faculty honored with special promotions

Nine Iowa State faculty members received special promotions for the 2014-15 academic year. Three faculty each have been named Distinguished, University or Morrill professor. They, along with other university and regent award recipients, will be honored this fall at the annual faculty and staff awards ceremony, tentatively scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22.

Electrical engineering alum Ryan Chapman named among CSE magazine’s 2014 40 Under 40

As the son of an electrical contractor, Ryan Chapman spent most of his summers and weekends throughout high school and college helping his father and two uncles on construction sites. The experience gained throughout his younger years helped Chapman kick-start his career path in the field of electrical consulting and engineering. Chapman earned his bachelor’s … Continue reading Electrical engineering alum Ryan Chapman named among CSE magazine’s 2014 40 Under 40

As rocky racing turns to mud runs, Iowa State Baja Team expects more success

Iowa State’s off-road racers already have a big win to their credit. Last month, competing over a dusty course at the University of Texas at El Paso, the Baja team bounced to a frame-bending-but-not-breaking win in the four-hour endurance race. That helped the team move up to seventh overall (among 96 registered teams from as … Continue reading As rocky racing turns to mud runs, Iowa State Baja Team expects more success

Cyclone Power Pullers look to prototype tractor for glimpse of the future

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service If the genuine article performs like the prototype, the 2014 Cyclone Power Pullers are in business. The Cyclone Power Pullers, a team of Iowa State University students who have designed and built a ¼-scale tractor from scratch over the course of the last academic year, know … Continue reading Cyclone Power Pullers look to prototype tractor for glimpse of the future

Students help with swine industry research at Iowa State University

Some student employees at Iowa State University are playing a vital role in research on critical issues in today’s swine industry. Assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering Dan Andersen said a current three-university research project focusing on the causes of manure pit foaming offers great opportunity for student involvement.

Egg Industry Center looking to fund research

The Egg Industry Center (EIC) is seeking pre-proposals for egg industry-oriented research to fund through its grant award program. “The number of pre-proposals in response to the 2013 call created a highly competitive selection process,” said Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center and Iowa State University professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and … Continue reading Egg Industry Center looking to fund research

Cyclone Space Mining ready to defend title at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Even though other teams have started to copy some of their winning ideas, the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining feel good about defending last year’s NASA championship. “That’s all right,” David Peiffer, a junior in industrial engineering from Marion and the president of Iowa State’s robotic mining club, said of the copycat teams. “We’ve had issues in the past and … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining ready to defend title at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

ECpE, MSE students harness energy from liquid crystals

Recent graduates in electrical engineering Josh Grindeland and John Etherington, and graduates in materials engineering Tommy Geske and Trent Borman proved that it is possible to extract electrical energy from waste heat at the ECpE Senior Design Demonstration on May 30. The team had spent nine months prior designing and developing a device that uses … Continue reading ECpE, MSE students harness energy from liquid crystals

Lehtola is 2014 Distinguished Alumna of Bethany Lutheran College

Carol (Gilbertson) Lehtola is the recipient of the 2014 Bethany Lutheran College Distinguished Alumna Award. Lehtola earned both a master’s and doctoral degree in agricultural engineering at Iowa State. It was during this time in graduate school where her agricultural engineering interests became focused. Lehtola renovated agriculture safety courses at Iowa State and also developed a … Continue reading Lehtola is 2014 Distinguished Alumna of Bethany Lutheran College

Starns and Attinger named ME Professors of the Year

Each year the mechanical engineering senior class votes for the Professor of the Year. This year, they have bestowed the honor on two great educators: Associate Professor Daniel Attinger and Senior Lecturer Gloria Starns. An open house reception was held on May 1 in the Kiewit Undergraduate Student Services Center to celebrate and congratulate them on the honor. View … Continue reading Starns and Attinger named ME Professors of the Year