Year: 2019

Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

Jaime Juarez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a McNair Mentor, had read a multitude of articles about portable optical microscopes that obtain real-time measurements out in the field instead of in a lab. But among these many articles, he did not find any portable means of performing rheology measurements. Rheology is a branch of … Continue reading Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

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Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

Larry Cormicle, Dave and Katy Pepper Senior Lecturer in Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE), is retiring this May. Cormicle has been teaching at ISU since 2002, has a 24-year career in the construction industry and has been a construction educator for nearly 29 years. He is a registered … Continue reading Senior lecturer leaves lasting legacy of mentoring and service

ECpE Spring Senior Design teams win big

For the spring 2019 semester, Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering named three winning teams for the Senior Design project, along with three honorable mentions.   First Place: Automatic Solder Dispenser Students: Samuel Willford, Jason Austin, Justin Wheeler, Zachary Bumstead, Kevin Carlson, Trent Allison. Adviser: Lee Harker Our task is to build … Continue reading ECpE Spring Senior Design teams win big

Three engineering postdocs win research and seed funding awards

Three Cyclone Engineer postdoctoral research associates won research awards and funding from the Iowa State University PostDoc Association. Azahar Ali, postdoc in electrical and computer engineering, won a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award. Timothy Morgan, postdoc in mechanical engineering, and Fei Lu, postdoc in materials science and engineering, both have won Postdoctoral Seed Grant funding support.

ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xianglan Bai has been awarded a patent for a process she has developed to convert lignin into precursors of biofuels and chemicals. U.S. Patent 10,190,053, entitled “Pyrolysis of Lignin,” is one of the products of her research group in developing biobased chemicals and fuels. Bai was issued the patent in collaboration … Continue reading ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

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CIRAS’ Joy Donald to receive Outstanding New Professional Award

Joy Donald, industrial specialist at the Center for Industrial Research and Service, will receive an Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award at the university award ceremony on Sept. 23. The award recognizes Iowa State staff members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in their professional career. 

ME’s Ted Heindel named University Professor

Iowa State faculty and staff will be honored during the university’s annual awards ceremony on Sept. 23.  Theodore Heindel, Bergles Professor of Thermal Science and professor of mechanical engineering, will be bestowed the title of “University Professor” at the ceremony. The title of University Professor is awarded to a faculty member who has acted as … Continue reading ME’s Ted Heindel named University Professor

Four Aerospace Engineering graduate students honored with teaching, research awards

Four Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate students have been awarded Teaching Excellence and (TEX) and Research Excellence (REX) Awards from the Iowa State University Graduate College. The awards are presented annually to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in these areas. Xiaosong Du and Andrew Bodling were nominated for REX Awards by Dr. Leifur Leifsson and … Continue reading Four Aerospace Engineering graduate students honored with teaching, research awards

Is there a future leader in the house? Perspectives from design and construction students

While it might sound cliché, it’s also true. The future of our industry will be defined by young people in college and apprenticeships today. What do they expect from and will contribute to a career in the architecture, engineering and construction industry? We put those questions, and many more, to members of the National Design-Build Student Championship team from Iowa State. They provide some interesting insights into future generations of design-builders and also offer advice for student teams considering competing in this year’s DBIA National Design-Build Student Competition.

ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship

Two alums from Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michael Davies and Tara Mina, recently received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Davies, currently a student in his first year of pursuing a doctorate in computer architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Mina, a second-year student pursuing a master’s … Continue reading ECpE alums receive NSF Fellowship