Ben Kwasa feature

Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had … Continue reading Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV … Continue reading Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized … Continue reading ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles … Continue reading Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

There they were, at 10,000 feet on the remote and rugged slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, running their robot through the same volcanic soil NASA uses to test space rovers. “This was otherworldly,” said Jim Heise, the faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining. Six teams of students from … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

[jwplayer mediaid=”17282″] Team PrISUm raced more than 180 miles today – at speeds reaching up to 50 miles per hour – to arrive in third at the Ames checkpoint of the American Solar Challenge. After much anticipation, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton and its escorts drove into Iowa State Center parking lots where they were … Continue reading After a brief stop home, Team PrISUm races to finish the American Solar Challenge

Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm lost valuable race time during yesterday’s rain, but they’re planning to make a comeback tomorrow – the fifth day of the American Solar Challenge. “We had a hard time yesterday, but we still held onto third place,” said Rachel Hoke, the team’s treasurer and a junior in electrical engineering, “and we’re slowly working … Continue reading Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge

History, suspended

The four-story foyer in the biorenewables complex was partially filled this month with a three-story suspended sculpture, Floating World, by artist Ralph Helmick of suburban Boston.