Cyclone Space Mining invited to first “World Cup” of robotic space mining

A disappointing first round in the mining arena kept Cyclone Space Mining from defending its NASA title. But, the team still made its presence known at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. The Iowa Staters will forever be the contest’s first team to successfully run a fully autonomous mining robot. The result … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining invited to first “World Cup” of robotic space mining

Xinwei Wang elected ASME Fellow

Xinwei Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his contributions in the fields of micro/nanoscale thermal probing and characterization, and laser-material interaction. Members of ASME are eligible for fellowship after 10 years of practice in the field of mechanical engineering and 10 years … Continue reading Xinwei Wang elected ASME Fellow

Gilbert gives talk on interdisciplinary research

Stephen Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, gave a keynote address on the challenges of interdisciplinary research at the Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference at Iowa State this spring. Gilbert’s talk, “The Pros and Cons of Interdisciplinary Research”, focused on the challenges researchers face as well as useful traits … Continue reading Gilbert gives talk on interdisciplinary research

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