College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME research project to examine two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

Flexible circuits, sensors, and low power transistors could become more feasible with the help of a research grant recently awarded to a mechanical engineering professor. Xinwei Wang, a professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a $337,730 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. The project, “Conjugated Energy Transport …Continue reading “ME research project to examine two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides”

ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research

Researching in a new country takes a lot more than packing your bags and grabbing your passport. Hasan Borke Birgin, a structural engineering doctoral student and researcher, traveled from Europe to study at Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) during the summer as a part of the European Commission …Continue reading “ISU through a new lens: graduate student in European exchange program participates in structural engineering research”

How I Intern: Updates from Alex Lewis at International Paper

Hi, I’m Alex Lewis, and I’m a senior in chemical engineering. I’m interning at International Paper in Cedar Rapids this summer. I’m actually back for a second internship with International Paper and excited to once again get the opportunity to expand on what I’ve learned in my engineering classes. Come back and read posts about my internship experience – I’ll be adding more over the next couple of weeks!

Research by AerE’s Sheidaei in orbit with International Space Station lab

Research led by Department of Aerospace Engineering assistant professor Azadeh Sheidaei has taken off – literally – into space with the NASA International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory. Sheidaei was selected as one of a handful of principal investigators from around the nation to oversee various projects involving rodents in microgravity on board the SpaceX …Continue reading “Research by AerE’s Sheidaei in orbit with International Space Station lab”

The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam

“We’ve been collaborating informally, just motivated by the science questions, without any funding for a year or so. As we were working out those science questions, we thought, ‘Hey, we should really move this forward,’” said Shankar Subramaniam, professor of mechanical engineering. Subramaniam and collaborators from Minnesota and Michigan recently received funding for a three-year …Continue reading “The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam”

CBE’s Shao promoted to associate professor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) faculty member Zengyi Shao has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure. Shao, who is also the Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow, joined Iowa State CBE as an assistant professor in 2013. She received her B.S. from Nankai University in 2002, and her Ph.D. from …Continue reading “CBE’s Shao promoted to associate professor”

Cyclone Engineers on multi-university team promoting faculty success for women in STEM

Researchers from four Midwestern research universities – including Iowa State – are joining forces to promote faculty success for women of color and women with family responsibilities in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Their project is supported by a three-year, $996,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

From day one: First-year engineering learning communities explore diversity and inclusion

Thousands of new students are beginning their Cyclone Engineering adventure this week, creating new friendships, memories and preparing for their careers. Clayton Johnson, an engineering academic advisor and leader of the learning community for undecided engineering majors, sees these first few weeks as a critical time to begin the conversation on race, diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism.

Alumni Blue Chip Network bridges gap between undergraduate students and seasoned professionals

“There’s nothing more powerful than feeling like you are part of a community.”

That’s Steven Bell’s philosophy. Bell, a senior lecturer of agricultural and biosystems engineering, wanted to close the gap between alumni and undergraduate students. So he founded the Blue Chip Network (BCN) earlier this year. The network of more than 80 professionals has grown since the group’s founding earlier in 2019, and it is a unique tool for students as they begin to understand the ins and outs of industry.

NCEES honors ISU CCEE alumnus and Nebraska professional engineer Michael Conzett for service

Michael Conzett, P.E., of Omaha, Nebraska, has been awarded the NCEES Distinguished Service Award for his dedicated service to NCEES and the engineering and surveying professions. Conzett received this award at the organization’s 98th annual meeting, held August 14–17, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Iowa State University doctoral candidate strives to make swine barns more efficient, profitable

“I’m striving to have my research be very practical and beneficial for the industry, so that when other producers are reading the results of our research, they’re really not questioning, ‘Is this even similar to what my operation is going to be like for conditions?’ ” Ben Smith, a graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering, says.

Iowa State Mechanical Contractors Association earns Chapter of Excellence Grant

This month, the Iowa State University chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) was awarded a Chapter of Excellence Grant. This grant is awarded by the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. This means that the chapter will get $2500 for operating expenses and $5000 for scholarships for the students in the chapter. The chapter at …Continue reading “Iowa State Mechanical Contractors Association earns Chapter of Excellence Grant”