Author: Madison Davies

How I Intern: Update #4 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!

Making leadership strides: Engineering Student Services grad assistant named 2019 Rising Star

Katie Friesen was recently awarded the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) 2019 Rising Star award, making her the first grad student to ever receive the award. The prestigious award recognizes early career professionals who have made significant contributions in service and scholarship that advance our understanding of leadership education, leadership development and leadership studies. Friesen, … Continue reading Making leadership strides: Engineering Student Services grad assistant named 2019 Rising Star

MSE’s Michael Bartlett makes cover story of ACS journal

Earlier this year, Michael Bartlett, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces for the article titled, “Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites with Independently Controllable and Highly Tunable Droplet Size and Volume Loading.” The work was led by Ravi Tutika, graduate student in materials science and engineering, and was … Continue reading MSE’s Michael Bartlett makes cover story of ACS journal

New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets

In-Ho Cho, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation program. The nearly $600,000 award will cover a 3-year period. The project, “Elements: Development of Assumption-Free Data Curing Service for Robust Machine Learning and Statistical Prediction” will start in the fall. … Continue reading New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets

Shan Jiang awarded prestigious ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant for coating research

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been chosen to receive a highly prestigious Doctoral New Investigator Grant (DNIG), funded by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) for his proposed research to study polymeric particles and their self-assembly for film formation and coating applications. Each year, ACS-PRF holds a highly … Continue reading Shan Jiang awarded prestigious ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant for coating research

Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his team, have recently been published in high-impact ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces for the article titled, “Thin Biobased Transparent UV-Blocking Coating Enabled by Nanoparticle Self-Assembly.” The first author is Emily Olson, graduate student in materials science and engineering. Coauthors include Yifan Li and Ayuna Tsyrenova, both … Continue reading Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Focus. Focus on what you want and go for it. These are the first two lines of Jocelyn Jackson’s personal mission statement. And as the new national chair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as of May 1, focus is Jackson’s top priority. When it comes to NSBE, Jackson treats focus as an acronym … Continue reading Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance

Modern internal combustion engines power military ground transportation and unmanned air vehicles (UAV). But in certain operating conditions fuel drops can significantly impinge on the engine piston surface of these engines, affecting the fuel mixture distribution and performance – and the success of missions. Song-Charng Kong, professor of mechanical engineering, and James Michael, assistant professor … Continue reading Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance

Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff have been recognized with college awards for excellence in inspiring future engineering leaders, pursuing groundbreaking research and celebrating diversity and inclusion.   Staff Excellence Michelle Grawe, laboratory supervisor in materials science and engineering   D.R. Boylan Award Ratnesh Kumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering   Outstanding Achievement in Teaching … Continue reading Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

MSE research duo makes cover of Applied Physics Letters

Iowa State University‘s Department of Materials Science and Engineering honors Xiaoli Tan, professor, and Zhongming Fan, graduate research assistant, who have made the cover of Applied Physics Letters for their research studying a dual-stimuli in-situ transmission electron microscopy technique. They demonstrated the technique on the relaxor ceramic 0.75(Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3–0.25SrTiO3 and proved that this technique is indispensable for exploring the rich … Continue reading MSE research duo makes cover of Applied Physics Letters

ECpE senior awarded MPOWER global citizen scholarship

Tabitha Wacuka Kiiru, senior in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University, has been awarded MPOWER Financing’s prestigious Global Citizen Scholarship. The MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to international students at supported schools. MPOWER Financing is a start-up dedicated to removing financial barriers for the … Continue reading ECpE senior awarded MPOWER global citizen scholarship

In a heartbeat: Machine learning speeds up heart-valve simulations

  Simulation of fluid moving through a valve Simulation of heart movement Simulation of fluid moving through heart valves Adarsh Krishnamurthy and Ming-Chen Hsu got to talking about their research interests – Krishnamurthy works in simulating cardiac mechanics and Hsu in simulating valve dynamics – when they had an idea. “He has the heart without the valve, … Continue reading In a heartbeat: Machine learning speeds up heart-valve simulations