Year: 2019

MSE’s Jiang receives EAGER award to study using CRISPR to improve crop plants

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, recently received an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER), funded by a partnership between the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Jiang and his team will investigate methods of using CRISPR-Cas9, a sequence of DNA that is able to cut DNA strands to make edits, to create varieties in crops.

M:2:I Design Build Fly team prepares for national competition

M:2:I’s Design Build Fly (DBF) team is gearing up for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) design competition where they will demonstrate their originally made aircraft. Nearly 110 teams from around the world will compete in this annual student event. The DBF Contest Flyoff will be held April 11-14 in Tucson, Arizona. The … Continue reading M:2:I Design Build Fly team prepares for national competition

Cyclone Engineers work with Iowa DOT to scale up tests of heated pavement

Iowa State engineers are working with the Iowa Department of Transportation to test heated-pavement technology developed on campus. The test slabs at the Iowa DOT are smarter and more complex than the research group’s previous tests at the Des Moines International Airport. And so far, preliminary tests indicate the system works well – even in this winter’s subzero temperatures.

Marisa Mendoza joins Aerospace Engineering team as graduate assistant

Marisa Mendoza has become the new graduate programs assistant in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. She will maintain the day to day operations of the graduate program, while ensuring that graduate students are on track for degree completion as well as work with transitioning incoming graduate students. She will also promote the department to prospective … Continue reading Marisa Mendoza joins Aerospace Engineering team as graduate assistant

Engineered nanoparticle discovery led by MSE’s Jiang makes cover of Nano Letters

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of material science and engineering, led a research group that created a novel Janus nanocrystal platform to control nanoparticle self-assembly. Janus particles are fundamental new materials, and Jiang’s discovery opens opportunities in different areas including energy, drug delivery, disease diagnosis and therapy. The results appear on the cover of the March issue of Nano Letters.

ECpE rankings on the rise: CprE, EE in top 25 among public programs

ECpE rankings on the rise: CprE, EE in top 25 among public programs Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) is passing exponential milestones. This year, ECpE’s computer engineering (CprE) program is placed as the 34th best in the nation, according to U.S. News 2019 Best Engineering Schools Rankings. This placing is … Continue reading ECpE rankings on the rise: CprE, EE in top 25 among public programs

Clean and green

A number of products you use in your home contain resins. Resins are materials that act as a glue between polymers, and polymers make up synthetic organic materials like plastics and fibers. Chris Williams, a professor in civil engineering, is working on a collaborative project that could replace resins with cleaner, more efficient biomaterials. “It … Continue reading Clean and green

Aspiring to success: Software and sports

Aspiring to success: Software and sports Many students in college understand the struggle of balancing schoolwork, jobs, classes and extracurricular activities. Two students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, Bailey Righi and Samantha Williams, are strong athletes and juniors in software engineering, balancing track, softball, school and everything in … Continue reading Aspiring to success: Software and sports