Graduate student in mechanical engineering named honorable mention for Zaffarano Prize

Ammar Meliabari, graduate student in mechanical engineering, was selected as an honorable mention for the 2015 Zaffarano Prize. The Zaffarano Prize recognizes superior performance in publishable research by an Iowa State graduate student. This year’s recognition continues a streak in graduate research awards for the mechanical engineering department. In 2013, Joe Miller became the first … Continue reading Graduate student in mechanical engineering named honorable mention for Zaffarano Prize

Clean Snowmobile Challenge team takes part in first competition

While most Iowa State students waited anxiously for the arrival of warmer weather, one student organization spent the first week of March surrounded by snow in Houghton, Michigan. The Iowa State Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team took part in their inaugural competitive event earlier this month, the 2015 SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge Competition. A total … Continue reading Clean Snowmobile Challenge team takes part in first competition

Flying high: ME alumnus brings engineering and business skills to ICON Aircraft

Lei Huang earned his concurrent mechanical engineering and MBA degree in the fall of 2012 from Iowa State University. Today’s successful engineers often need strong business management skills to complement their degree in engineering. Huang is currently a manufacturing engineer at ICON Aircraft in California. It is here that he makes innovative impact in Light … Continue reading Flying high: ME alumnus brings engineering and business skills to ICON Aircraft

Rise of Machines competition: Engaging students in robotics

In December, a group of Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students gathered at the Applied Science Complex to demonstrate their passion for making robots smarter and more autonomous. The event was the first “Rise of Machines” robotics competition, organized by Professor Sourabh Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering who has been developing a cutting edge research program … Continue reading Rise of Machines competition: Engaging students in robotics

ME professor’s research has lifesaving potential

Ganesh Balasubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is conducting research with High Performance Computing (HPC) that could someday change the way tumors are treated. Using HPC technology, a surgeon could treat a tumor through chemical injections rather than radiation. HPC technology can compute a much higher volume of atoms than a regular computer, which allows Balasubramanian to study molecular … Continue reading ME professor’s research has lifesaving potential

Alumni Merit Award winner works to support next generation of engineers

Dale Johnson received the 2014 Iowa State Alumni Association’s Alumni Merit Award. Created in 1932, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that go beyond purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university. Johnson received a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1960 and 1962, respectively. Unbeknownst to … Continue reading Alumni Merit Award winner works to support next generation of engineers

ME faculty member, student featured on Honors Research Program website

Terry Meyer, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Chloe Dedic, graduate student in mechanical engineering, are both featured in videos on the Honors Research Program website. For more than 20 years, this spring-semester program has provided opportunities for faculty to work with talented first-year students in their research. This program introduces students to the world … Continue reading ME faculty member, student featured on Honors Research Program website

Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

Nine engineering students are currently working in Nicaragua with Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS), in order to better understand how to design for people with very different needs and environmental constraints. EOS is a not-for-profit organization started by Wes Meyer and Greg McGrath, two Iowa State mechanical engineering alumni. The organization focuses on providing low-cost, culturally and … Continue reading Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

Transient electronics research featured on Fox News

Fox News featured transient electronics research being done by Reza Montazami, assistant professor in mechanical engineering. The goal of the research is to be able to trigger electronic devices to dissolve and become unusable. Access the Fox News video story below, and read more about Montazami’s research in a story by ISU News Service. Fox News – … Continue reading Transient electronics research featured on Fox News

Baughman’s work with CIRAS highlighted

Jackie Baughman, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering, was featured in the Spring newsletter for Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Read the full profile in the CIRAS newsletter.

Xinwei Wang elected ASME Fellow

Xinwei Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his contributions in the fields of micro/nanoscale thermal probing and characterization, and laser-material interaction. Members of ASME are eligible for fellowship after 10 years of practice in the field of mechanical engineering and 10 years … Continue reading Xinwei Wang elected ASME Fellow

ME graduate student recognized for outstanding dissertation

Mahdi Javanbakht, postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering, was awarded the 2014 Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation. The Karas Award recognizes excellence in doctoral research at Iowa State. Two winners are selected each year, and are therefore nominated for the national competition for the Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award. Javanbakht’s dissertation … Continue reading ME graduate student recognized for outstanding dissertation

Mechanical Engineering students share research at undergraduate symposium

Several mechanical engineering students were among the undergraduates that presented their research at the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression in April. The event served as an opportunity for students to share their work with peers, mentors and the rest of the university community. The mechanical engineering students that presented were: Alex Avendano – “Measuring … Continue reading Mechanical Engineering students share research at undergraduate symposium

ME junior awarded $10,000 scholarship

Emmett Konrad, junior in mechanical engineering, has received the prestigious Willis H. Carrier scholarship, a $10,000 national scholarship sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Two Carrier scholarships are awarded every year, and were originally established by The Carrier Corporation in honor of its founder, who made significant contributions to … Continue reading ME junior awarded $10,000 scholarship