Category: Academics

Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing

A team of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University have developed what they hope can become a new, more efficient method for 3D printing of complex CAD models. Adarsh Krishnamurthy, associate professor of mechanical engineering (ME), is leading the effort with support from ME students Sambit Ghadai and Anushrut Jignasu. The findings from their … Continue reading Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing

From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Growing up, John Lawson thought he would eventually take over the family grocery store. However, his father inspired him to pursue a different career path. In his youth, Lawson spent many hours working for his family’s downtown Moline, Illinois, grocery store, and fondly remembers delivering groceries to customers’ homes. He figured he would eventually become … Continue reading From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever … Continue reading From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

ME advisors develop platform for students to interact virtually

Iowa State University’s mechanical engineering advising team has developed a virtual space that they hope will serve as a way for students to connect with one another during an era of social distancing and remote learning. Mindy Heggen, mechanical engineering (ME) academic advisor, came up with the idea of creating a group using Microsoft Teams, … Continue reading ME advisors develop platform for students to interact virtually

Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy. The CyBot platform is an embedded … Continue reading Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19