Author: Nick Fetty

Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car

Iowa State University’s solar car club, Team PrISUm, unveiled its newest model on Friday afternoon at the Student Innovation Center: Eliana. Eliana is the 15th iteration of a solar-powered vehicle that the student club has developed since its founding in 1989. Typically, the team develops a new model every other year. The name for the … Continue reading Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more … Continue reading Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University

Longtime Iowa State University faculty member Steve Vardeman officially retired at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. Vardeman first joined the Iowa State University faculty as an assistant professor of statistics in 1981. He became an associate professor in 1983 and in 1985 joined the industrial engineering (IE) department, serving appointments in both statistics … Continue reading Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University

Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University

Growing up in coastal Saudi Arabia, Fahad Alsaggaf developed a strong personal connection to the sea. So, it was a major change of scenery when he attended college in a landlocked state like Iowa, but he said he has never regretted his decision. Alsaggaf grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a port city along the … Continue reading Sea-loving Saudi finds a loving home at landlocked Iowa State University

How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

From growing up in a town of fewer than 400 people to working with companies valued in the billions, Fred Dotzler has done a lot in his career but he never forgets about the role that Iowa State University played in shaping him personally and professionally as a young man. Dotzler grew up in Defiance, … Continue reading How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition

Mechanical engineering students had an impressive showing during the Research Days 2021 competition, hosted last month by Iowa State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Saurabh Aykar, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering (ME), took first place in the People’s Choice category in the iPoster competition — which was hosted through the iPoster platform … Continue reading MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit … Continue reading Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship