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Thuo’s research featured in Scientific Reports

Research by MSE Assistant Professor Martin Thuo and his team was published in Scientific Reports, a journal from the publishers of Nature. The paper, titled “Mechanical Fracturing of Core-Shell Undercooled Metal Particles for Heat-Free Soldering,” was co-authored by postdocs Simge Cinar and Ian Tevis, Ph.D. student Jiahao Chen, and Thuo. Their work focused on heat-free …Continue reading “Thuo’s research featured in Scientific Reports”

Camille Sloan Schroeder, Iowa State Engineering community outreach manager, will represent ISU College of Engineering at national conference

Camille Sloan Schroeder from Iowa State University Engineering Community Outreach has been chosen to present multiple sessions at the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit 2016 – in Indianapolis next month. PLTW, a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S., serves more …Continue reading “Camille Sloan Schroeder, Iowa State Engineering community outreach manager, will represent ISU College of Engineering at national conference”

Ames Laboratory will lead new consortium to research caloric materials, advance refrigeration technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be the home of a new research consortium for the discovery and development of more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient refrigeration technologies, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The consortium, named CaloriCoolTM, will pursue the development of alternative forms of refrigeration technologies, called caloric cooling, in partnership with the private sector and universities.

Iowa State engineers protect the power grid

Iowa State engineers Doug Jacobson and Manimaran Govindarasu have built the “PowerCyber” testbed to help researchers, industry engineers and students learn to protect the cyber security of the power grid. The testbed will do vulnerability analysis, risk assessment, attack-defense evaluations and other tests. The end goal is to help create a future electric power grid that is secure and resilient.

ITec grad named CALS Young Alum of the Month

Name: Mitchel Steffes, Title and Company: Safety Manager II, Wanzek Construction, Inc., Major and Graduation Date: BS, Industrial Technology (Occupational Safety), Minor: Engineering Studies – 2013, Major Job/Position Responsibilities: At Wanzek Construction, it is my responsibility to take a systematic and proactive approach in all aspects of the construction processes. Wherever people run the risk of personal injury …Continue reading “ITec grad named CALS Young Alum of the Month”

Investigating the Owl to Develop New Technology

Anupam Sharma earns NSF CAREER award to study the silent flight of the owl. As new inventions fill our skies, from wind turbines whirling in an open field, to unmanned aerial vehicles scurrying around the city delivering packages, to planes buzzing 35,000 feet overhead, that new technology can pose a noisy problem. Anupam Sharma, an …Continue reading “Investigating the Owl to Develop New Technology”

Dennis Muilenburg Named Boeing Chairman

Iowa State Aerospace Engineering alum Dennis Muilenburg was elected chairman of the board of directors of The Boeing Company, effective March 1, 2016, the company announced Monday. Muilenburg, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State in 1986, was named Boeing’s chief executive officer in 2015 and president in 2013. Muilenburg joined the board of directors in …Continue reading “Dennis Muilenburg Named Boeing Chairman”

Helmers: Keeping nitrates on the farm

Helmers: Iowa has the methods to do it; but it will take public funds Dr. Matt Helmers, an Iowa State University agriculture and biosystems engineering professor, spoke with members of the ag committee of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance Feb. 4, outlining the challenges of farming’s impact of grain farming on water quality and …Continue reading “Helmers: Keeping nitrates on the farm”

Wagner receives Schafer Education Trust award

Kortney Wagner, a senior in biological systems engineering, was awarded the Schafer Educational Scholarship. Wagner also belongs to Tau Beta Pi. The Schafer Educational Trust (SET) was established in 1999 by agricultural engineering & engineering mechanics alum, Bob Schafer, to honor his late mother, Pansy Head Schafer, father, Marion L. Schafer, and brother, David L. Schafer. Cash awards are made …Continue reading “Wagner receives Schafer Education Trust award”

AST alum’s quest for knowledge takes him to Germany

Todd VerHeecke likes to learn about agriculture, so much so that last summer he went to Germany. Mr. VerHeecke farms about 150 acres near the farm of his father, Rich VerHeecke, about five miles west of Geneseo. He also is a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau. “My interest in agriculture started in high …Continue reading “AST alum’s quest for knowledge takes him to Germany”

Iowa State’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering celebrates 30 years

Thirty years ago, the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was a fraction of what it is today. With initially only two programs – Taking the Road Less Traveled and a summer internship – the program now boasts several K-12 outreach programs, learning communities, study abroad opportunities and so much more.

Advancing aviation technology one recycled plane at a time

AerE alums lead ecoDemonstrator project at Boeing A degree from Iowa State in aerospace engineering has brought two alums to a big project in their field. Doug Christensen (AerE ’87) and Dean Hawkinson (AerE ’00) both currently work on the ecoDemonstrator program at Boeing. The program is an inventive and environmentally progressive way for engineers …Continue reading “Advancing aviation technology one recycled plane at a time”

Andersen: Producers alerted to hydrogen sulfide dangers

An Iowa father and son and a Wisconsin father and son died in July when they were overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas in manure pits. In both cases, one went into the pit to work on or retrieve equipment and was overcome. The others went in to help. Hydrogen sulfide is a serious issue, said …Continue reading “Andersen: Producers alerted to hydrogen sulfide dangers”

The magic of 3-D metal printing

Deep in the basement of the agricultural and biosystems engineering building at Iowa State University, a tiny laser pings back and forth from the guts of a gargantuan 3-D printer, striking a thin layer of metal dust on a metal plate at precisely the right spots. Within seconds, the outline of a pair of scissors …Continue reading “The magic of 3-D metal printing”