Author: Madison Davies

MSE’s Thuo makes cover of Advanced Functional Materials

Martin Thuo, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his team have been featured on the cover of the October 2019 issue of Advanced Functional Materials for their recent publication, “Heat-Free Fabrication of Metallic Interconnects for Flexible/Wearable Devices.” Thuo and his team have developed a heat-free way to make metallic conductive interconnects, which are … Continue reading MSE’s Thuo makes cover of Advanced Functional Materials

ME’s Greg Maxwell joined the ranks of emeritus faculty

Greg Maxwell, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has retired. Maxwell joined the Iowa State community as an assistant professor in 1985, and he has held various leadership positions since then, including positions at the ISU Research House and the ISU Industrial Assessment Center. He is currently the director of the undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering … Continue reading ME’s Greg Maxwell joined the ranks of emeritus faculty

Synergy between research and application: Project collaboration with CoMFRE and student organization

We put a lot of things in a kitchen microwave, from Hot Pockets to leftover lasagna. But what about rocket propellant?

That’s essentially what Travis Sippel and his team are doing in a Young Investigator Project (YIP) with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. More specifically (and more safely), they are testing methods to dynamically control the combustion of a solid rocket propellant by applying microwave energy.

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!

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

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