Author: Nick Fetty

ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition

Cary L. Pint, Charles Schafer (Battelle) Chair of Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently honored for groundbreaking innovations. First, Pint and his team were designated as winners of a prestigious 2020 R & D 100 Award in the Mechanical/Materials category. This is a worldwide competition that highlights revolutionary technologies as judged … Continue reading ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition

IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge

A team of 14 faculty and staff members from Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) collectively logged enough miles to walk from Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado – and passing through five other national parks on the trip – during … Continue reading IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and … Continue reading An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Iowa State University’s online IE degree opened new doors for alum

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many courses to be delivered virtually, one industrial engineering alum had an entirely online learning experience prior to the pandemic and said that it served him well. Michael Glazer completed his M.Eng. in industrial engineering (IE) in 2015. Considering he lives in the northeast, online delivery was the most … Continue reading Iowa State University’s online IE degree opened new doors for alum

Mechanical engineering researchers pose in the lab in front of an ET-Raman

Q&A with ME Professor Xinwei Wang on New NSF grant to manufacture novel graphene aerogel-based photon sensors

Explain to us what you are examining for this recent NSF grant you received. This project is to design and manufacture micro-size bolometers that are based on graphene aerogel (GP). GP is a very light material, whose density can be much less than that of air. GP has a very low thermal conductivity, is flexible, … Continue reading Q&A with ME Professor Xinwei Wang on New NSF grant to manufacture novel graphene aerogel-based photon sensors

Creating a safe environment for in-person mechanical engineering classes

When Iowa State University was given the go-ahead to open up for fall classes, faculty, staff and student technicians in the mechanical engineering department quickly made every effort to prepare lesson plans, classrooms, labs and other spaces to be as safe as possible so students can get the hands-on engineering education Iowa State is known … Continue reading Creating a safe environment for in-person mechanical engineering classes

ME graduate student Emmanuel Tetteh poses outside of Black Engineering Building

Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Surgeons and other medical professionals can develop musculoskeletal problems because of the excessive amount of time they spend on their feet and the awkward postures that they assume during their work tasks. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) aim to better understand these issues so they can be … Continue reading Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

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A Hawkeye back home in Cyclone country

Despite being an alumnus from a public university on the east side of the state, one of industrial engineering’s newest faculty members has picked the right school for where to continue his career. Brendan Devine joined Iowa State University’s industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department as an assistant teaching professor beginning in fall 2020. Though … Continue reading A Hawkeye back home in Cyclone country

Industrial engineering associate professor Yiliang Leon Liao

IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

With background in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering, Yiliang (Leon) Liao brings a unique and diverse skillset to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). Liao joined IMSE as an associate professor for fall 2020. Prior to coming to Ames, he served as an assistant professor of … Continue reading IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

As the damaging effects of climate change become more apparent, researchers are studying ways to generate energy with minimal impact on the environment. Computer simulations could be the key to making this process more efficient. Shankar Subramaniam, a professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), is the principal investigator (PI) on a project … Continue reading Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

Even though the Cyclones and Hawkeyes often duke it out on the field, court and mat, researchers from the two universities have come together to collaborate on a Department of Defense-funded project. The project, titled “3D-Printed, Hierarchical Polymer-Bonded Energetic Composites with Electromagnetically Switchable Porosity,” is being led by principal investigator (PI) Xuan “Sean” Song, assistant … Continue reading Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

IMSE’s Briley receives Staff Excellence award

Krista Briley, administrative specialist for industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, received the Iowa State University College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award during the fall 2020 virtual convocation reception. As a nearly 30-year employee in the College of Engineering (20 years in MSE, roughly 10 years in IMSE) and this university, her dedication to her work … Continue reading IMSE’s Briley receives Staff Excellence award

IMSE’s Davarnia honored with Harvey J. Greenberg Research Award

Danial Davarnia, an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University, was recently honored with a prestigious award from a top professional society in the area of operations research. Davarnia, along with Willem-Jan van Hoeve, a professor and associate dean at Carnegie Mellon University, were recipients of the Harvey J. Greenberg … Continue reading IMSE’s Davarnia honored with Harvey J. Greenberg Research Award