Author: Nick Fetty

John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

John Billings Slater was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 10, 1921. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1938 and the following year graduated from Lane Tech High School. He then made the more than 300-mile trek west to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State College (as it was then called). As a … Continue reading John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

New project will explore manufacturing in space

A mechanical engineering professor will establish a new research program to study ways for manufacturing polymer-based structures in space for space applications with the help of a new grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Reza Montazami, associate professor in mechanical engineering (ME), received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for a project titled … Continue reading New project will explore manufacturing in space

Liggett Family Legacy – Part III: John M. Liggett

A 1999 article in Visions magazine, produced by the Iowa State University Alumni Association, informed many aspects of the reporting in this four-part series Though his father and grandfather’s interest in mechanical engineering may have played some role in his decision to attend Iowa State, John M. Liggett admits he was attracted to the school … Continue reading Liggett Family Legacy – Part III: John M. Liggett

Liggett Family Legacy – Part II: John R. (Jack) Liggett

A 1999 article in Visions magazine, produced by the Iowa State University Alumni Association, informed many aspects of the reporting in this four-part series John R. (Jack) Liggett followed in the footsteps of his father, John T. Liggett, by pursuing studies in mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State College. Nearly half a world away, the … Continue reading Liggett Family Legacy – Part II: John R. (Jack) Liggett

Juggling batons, engineering, sorority life and more

Imagine having roughly 120,000 eyes on you as you perform during halftime at a football game. This is almost a weekly occurrence for industrial engineering sophomore Alexis Ashton during the fall. Ashton is one of the Feature Twirlers for the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, which performs at all Cyclone home football … Continue reading Juggling batons, engineering, sorority life and more

From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

Much like the game of football, all components on an engineering design must work together to achieve an end goal. Having played football for a better part of his life, mechanical engineering (ME) senior Nate Van Veldhuizen understands the parallels between the game he loves and the material that he learns in the classroom. “One … Continue reading From playing under the lights, to helping to design them