Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training

A mechanical engineering faculty member recently received certification as a trainer in additive manufacturing. ME senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba completed a certification program offered by Stratasys, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. The certification program is part of Stratasys’s effort to enhance workforce development and bridge the industry skill gap in 3D printing … Continue reading Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training

Old meets new to make one of ISU’s newest centers a reality

A new research center at Iowa State is making new and innovative discoveries in one of the campus’s oldest buildings. The Iowa Board of Regents in December 2017 elected to give official “center” status to the Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education, also known as CoMFRE. In order to gain the status of “center” … Continue reading Old meets new to make one of ISU’s newest centers a reality

Walter G. Madison – Early African American Pioneer from Iowa State

Walter Garfield Madison was one of the first African American students to graduate from Iowa State and was the first to receive a degree in mechanical engineering when he graduated in 1914. Madison was born and raised in Manor, Texas, just northeast of Austin. He graduated with a diploma in steam engineering from Alabama’s Tuskegee … Continue reading Walter G. Madison – Early African American Pioneer from Iowa State

ME grad student gets funding to study microwave interaction with energetic material flames

Mechanical engineering graduate student Joel Lynch recently received a $2500 grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to study the coupling of microwave fields with solid rocket propellant combustion. His current project is entitled “Modeling of Flames Seeded with Alkali Compounds under the Presence of Alternating Electric Fields.” The research is taking place within the … Continue reading ME grad student gets funding to study microwave interaction with energetic material flames

ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

Two mechanical engineering graduate students recently received awards for their paper at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) national conference earlier this month in Los Angeles. Sanvisna Kogelen (MS, Mechanical Engineering) and Alex Wrede (PhD, Mechanical Engineering) along with Patrick Kreiser (Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor … Continue reading ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

ME grad student receives funding for multiphase X-ray radiography research

Mechanical engineering graduate student Julie Bothell recently received $2500 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for her research related to multiphase X-ray radiography. Her current project is entitled “X-Ray Imaging of the Spray from a Coaxial Air Blast Atomizer” and is a collaborative effort between Iowa State and four other universities: Cornell University, University of … Continue reading ME grad student receives funding for multiphase X-ray radiography research

ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space

ME assistant professor Jaime Juárez recently received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium’s Early Career Investigator Research Program to study materials than can effectively be manufactured on a 3D printer in outer space. Juárez’s research project – Acoustically-Mediated Multi-Material 3D Printing for Polymer-Microparticle Composites – aims to “develop an acoustic-based 3D printing platform as … Continue reading ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space

New ME course focuses on solid modeling, parallel GPU computing

A new course offered by the mechanical engineering department for spring 2018 will focus on solid modeling and parallel computing using graphic processing units (GPUs). ME 570X: Solid Modeling and GPU Computing will be taught by ME assistant professor Adarsh Krishnamurthy. The course will cover the theory and applications of solid modeling and will also … Continue reading New ME course focuses on solid modeling, parallel GPU computing

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Invests in the Young Researchers Making New Discoveries Related to Human Health at Iowa State University

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed more than a quarter of a million dollars to an early-career researcher from Iowa State University’s mechanical engineering department to support her research which focuses on traumatic brain injury in troops. Sarah Bentil, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and William March Scholar in Mechanical … Continue reading Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Invests in the Young Researchers Making New Discoveries Related to Human Health at Iowa State University

ME grad student receives two awards

Mechanical engineering graduate student Hossein Taheri recently received two awards in his field of research. Taheri, a PhD candidate, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) student grant for the POWDERMET2018 and AMPM2018 conferences as well as the R. Bruce Thompson Graduate Fellowship award from ISU’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). The NSF student grant will provide Taheri funding … Continue reading ME grad student receives two awards

New ME course focuses on engineering design and failure prognostics

A new graduate-level course offered by the mechanical engineering department for spring 2018 will focus on reliability as well as uncertainty in engineering system design and post-design failure prognostics. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Russia, the 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minnesota, and the 2016 spurt of exploding batteries in the Samsung Galaxy … Continue reading New ME course focuses on engineering design and failure prognostics

ME student’s independent study project aims to electrify CyRide

CyRide buses frequently spotted around campus and other parts of Ames could soon be getting a facelift. Ryan Saunders, a senior mechanical engineering major, has spent the past semester studying the feasibility of electrifying CyRide, the campus and city bus system. The project, which Saunders is working on as part of an independent study course, … Continue reading ME student’s independent study project aims to electrify CyRide