Cyclone Space Mining nabs two second-place finishes at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Iowa State University’s Cyclone Space Mining team nabbed two second-place finishes at the 8th annual NASA Robotics Mining Competition last week in Florida. The team took second place in the categories of “Social Media and Public Engagement” and “Project Outreach.”  The Social Media and Public Engagement category is “[a]warded to the teams that uses various … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining nabs two second-place finishes at NASA Robotic Mining Competition

ME assistant professors’ research featured on ASME news site

Two ME assistant professors recently had their work featured on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers‘ (ASME) news site. Nicole Hashemi and Reza Montazami – along with researchers from ISU’s Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, the Neuroscience program, and the Center of Advanced Host Defense Immunobiotics and Translational Medicine – published a paper in the journal Biomacromolecules last … Continue reading ME assistant professors’ research featured on ASME news site

ME’s online master’s program ranks 3rd for “Students Before Profits”

Iowa State University’s online master’s program ranked #3 for the Students Before Profits Award, according to a list compiled by nonprofitcollegesonline.com. The website “chose online Mechanical Engineering degree programs from nonprofit colleges and universities, accredited by independent and trusted accreditation boards, with lower than average tuition costs” and ranked them by affordability. The curriculum for ISU’s … Continue reading ME’s online master’s program ranks 3rd for “Students Before Profits”

ME will Facebook live stream Saturday’s pre-commencement reception

As thousands of Iowa State students prepare to graduate this weekend, the mechanical engineering department will be bringing its pre-commencement reception to the living rooms of families and friends who cannot make the trip to Ames. The ME department will broadcast a Facebook Live stream of Saturday’s pre-commencement reception which will take place from 8:30 … Continue reading ME will Facebook live stream Saturday’s pre-commencement reception

ME student boosts science communications skills with fellowship

This article was written by Bob Mills of the Bioeconomy Institute. Juan Proano Aviles, a student in the Biorenewable Resources and Technologies (BRT) graduate program, has completed a fellowship in Reiman Gardens’ Portal to the Public science communications program. The fellowship provides workshops and mentorships to help scientists and students enhance their communications skills. As part … Continue reading ME student boosts science communications skills with fellowship

ME’s Heise featured on ‘The AV Life’ podcast

Mechanical Engineering senior lecturer Jim Heise was recently featured on The AV Life podcast. Heise appeared on an episode devoted to robotics to discuss his role as faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining and his group’s use of robotics. “What we’re trying to do here is design autonomous robots, not quite the same thing as artificial intelligence but … Continue reading ME’s Heise featured on ‘The AV Life’ podcast

ME student recognized as outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant

A mechanical engineering senior was recently recognized for her efforts as an undergraduate teaching assistant (UTA) for the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (ME 324L). Sydney Good received the ME 324L Undergraduate Teaching Assistant CYtation Award. Teaching lab coordinators Wyman Martinek and Jim Shelledy presented her with the award during a ceremony last week. “Over the past … Continue reading ME student recognized as outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant

ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year

A Mechanical Engineering faculty member was recently recognized for the strong mentoring relationship he has developed with one of his students.  Assistant professor Ganesh Balasubramanian has been named the 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year. Balasubramanian was nominated for the award by Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering. “I was truly humbled since … Continue reading ME’s Balasubramanian named 2017 McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year