Zhaoyu Wang, a former Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor and currently the Northrop Grumman Associate Professor in electrical and computer engineering, knows America’s aging power grids are not prepared for the peril posed by climate change and cyberattacks. It’s one of America’s most pressing energy and infrastructure issues, for which Wang is seeking solutions through Department of Energy-funded research on microgrids.
Martin Thuo and his research group have developed heat-free solder. They’ve printed electronics on rose petals. They’ve made “chameleon metals” that change surfaces in response to heat. With a bit of “metal whispering,” they’ve found a better way to recover precious metals from electronic waste.
And now, after two and a half years of work, they’ve invented a new seed lubricant.
What’s the source of that creativity?
The 2021 Impact Report from the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is out now! Take a look back at all that we’ve accomplished in the past year, and join us as we look ahead. Here in ECpE, The Future Is What We Do!
The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research has announced two winning teams for the 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI), distributing a total of $900,000 in institutional funding to support two of the largest collaborative initiatives in award history. For the 2021 award cycle, two teams led by associate professor of mechanical engineering Soumik Sarkar, and professor of electrical and computer engineering Hongwei Zhang and professor of architecture Kimberly Zarecor, were each recently selected to receive $450,000 in PIRI funding over the next three years.
The Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) welcomes Makayla Lim to its staff as administrative assistant.
A “macrogrid” that increases the electricity moving between America’s Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to research papers published this summer and fall by the Interconnections Seam Study. An Iowa State research team developed computer models for the study.
Several graduate students in the Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) recently received departmental awards and scholarships: Scott Blazanin, Tyler Del Rose, Yifan Li, Matthew Marander, Madison Olson and Skye Supakul.
Cybersecurity experts from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to build a coalition that will train and educate a workforce capable of defending critical infrastructure, including energy providers, from computer attacks. A two-year, $2 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a part of the National Security Agency, will support the project.
Iowa State University Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Vikram Dalal, along with his former students and several corporations, have provided a gift to establish the Vikram L. Dalal Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State. The professorship honors Dalal, who has been with the ISU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) since 1988.
October is cybersecurity awareness month and the Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and Outreach (CyIO) hosted its first fair last week. Faculty, staff and students saw how important cybersecurity is and how easily information can be exploited.
Iowa State University Teaching Professor Alan Constant officiated the wedding of high school sweethearts Jonathan Zaugg and Sara Medina. Zaugg is a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, where Constant teaches.
Iowa State’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation & Outreach, in collaboration with IT Services, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Fair on Friday as a part of CyIO Week. The event will feature Cyber Security related student clubs and demonstrations to educate the campus on the importance of Cybersecurity.
Iowa State hosts Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman for a three-week visit from September 24 to October 14, 2021.
Dan “Danny” Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work discovering what are known as quasicrystals. He’s a distinguished professor in Iowa State’s materials science and engineering department and he’s worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Shechtman is visiting Ames for three weeks this fall.
We’ve all heard about George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.” But what about our future? That’s the question Joel E. Lorentzen tries to answer in his novel “Proles: A Novel About 2084.”