Author: Sophie Hayek

Alumnus supports fabrication lab for young engineers

Mahtomedi High School will be the first high school in Minnesota to have a digital fabrication lab. Fab labs are state-of-the-art workshops that offer a wide array of high-tech tools like three-dimensional printers and milling machines for designing and manufacturing almost anything.

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Professor’s research published in Nature Communications

The research of Valery Levitas, Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member in both aerospace and mechanical engineering, and PhD student Kamran Samani gained global attention when it was published in Nature Communications (2011, Vol. 2, 284), a journal specializing in significant advances in physical, chemical, and biological fields.

Alumni couple transform historic home into brewpub

For five years, an old mansion sat abandoned in Atlanta, Georgia. The façade was covered in graffiti, and the inside was dusty and dilapidated. The surrounding historical neighborhood, known as Inman Park, had largely been restored to its old glory, but aside from occasional drifters, the home remained vacant. It had lived many lives since … Continue reading Alumni couple transform historic home into brewpub

Iowa State faculty treasure connections with NASA, comment on Friday’s space launch

“And so for the final time, Fergie, Doug, Sandy and Rex, good luck, Godspeed, and have a little fun up there.” These were the sure-to-be-quoted last words of Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach before space shuttle Atlantis launched into orbit. Atlantis, of NASA’s space shuttle program STS-135, began its final flight to the International Space … Continue reading Iowa State faculty treasure connections with NASA, comment on Friday’s space launch

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LunaCY member shares team’s experience at NASA Lunabotics competition

By Rick Hanton, Iowa State Lunabotics Team member and Chairman of SEDS-USA On May 21, 2011, a group of 14 Iowa State students and their adviser began a 1,400 mile journey from Ames, Iowa, to the Space Coast in Florida. The group, known as Team LunaCY, had just finished designing and building a 175 pound … Continue reading LunaCY member shares team’s experience at NASA Lunabotics competition

Team LunaCY learns from second year of competition, impresses judges with design

  By Rick Hanton, Iowa State Lunabotics Team member and Chairman of SEDS-USA On May 21, 2011, two 15-passenger vans trekked 1,400 miles across country from Ames, Iowa, to the Space Coast in Florida. It was a long 26-hour drive for the team of engineers from Iowa State University who had been tirelessly preparing for … Continue reading Team LunaCY learns from second year of competition, impresses judges with design

Intelligent construction practices developed for roads also apply to levee construction

The same technologies that Iowa State University’s David J. White is developing to build better roads and foundations could also be used to build better river levees. White, the Waldo W. Wegner Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, leads the crew working with Iowa State’s Geotechnical Mobile Lab. In six years of operation, the lab has … Continue reading Intelligent construction practices developed for roads also apply to levee construction

Iowa State hybrid lab combines technologies to make biorenewable fuels and products

Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory. Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms – in this case, Shewanella bacteria – were growing and biochemically converting sugars into hydrocarbons, said Jarboe, an Iowa State assistant professor of chemical and … Continue reading Iowa State hybrid lab combines technologies to make biorenewable fuels and products