APEX-E program expands to include hands-on research experience

A new research opportunity for incoming Iowa State engineering students allows them to experience the life of a Cyclone Engineer before their first semester on campus even begins. APEX-E, or the Academic Program for EXcellence for Engineers, is “designed to increase the success rate of incoming multicultural, first-year engineering students.” APEX-E is a component of the university-wide Academic Program for EXcellence (APEX) and is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. APEX-E  launched in the College of Engineering in 2013, and this summer it expanded to include a new hands-on research experience in real-world applications of engineering.

Nine high-potential projects launched by Exploratory Research Program

Nine new early-stage, high-potential research projects are underway with support from Iowa State College of Engineering’s Exploratory Research Program. The program provides funding to faculty for novel ideas for new research efforts. Recent projects funded by the ERP program are: Ian Schneider, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering, “Topographical Control of Local Stiffness to … Continue reading Nine high-potential projects launched by Exploratory Research Program

New Iowa State biopolymer processing facility to help research initiative

Researchers from Iowa State University are working with a number of other firms to explore the applications and uses of bioadvantaged polymers. The research initiative comes with the shift of previously using petroleum-based polymers to using biopolymers. These biopolymers are able to be partially produced with renewable resources. The team at Iowa State is working … Continue reading New Iowa State biopolymer processing facility to help research initiative

Iowa State ABE team brings home multiple awards from tractor competition

A team of engineers from Iowa State brought home multiple awards in the International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition that took place in Peoria, Illinois earlier this month. The ABE Cyclone Power Pullers took home first place awards for Best Appearance, Manufacturability, Innovation, Written Design Report and the Maneuverability categories. The team also won a $500 prize for taking fifth in the overall competition.