College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Brad Swan is finding the right balance between classes, research and family

“The greatest challenge was finding the balance of time between classes, research and family so that I could succeed professionally while still being a devoted father and husband. I was fortunate to find Dr. Cornelius, and he understands the challenges as a father and as an atypical student.”

New REMADE project: Eco-friendly strategies to remove metal corrosion

Yiliang (Leon) Liao, associate professor of industrial engineering, leads a new project to develop hybrid laser surface processing technology that will be an easy-to-use, highly controllable and eco-friendly solution for metallic surface remanufacturing. The work is supported by $880,000 in funding from the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing Embodied Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE).

Shao and Bardhan: Two faculty members in Chemical and Biological Engineering will see research advances with new appointments to professorships

CBE faculty members Zengyi Shao and Rizia Bardhan have been named to two important professorships.

Four-year, $14 million grant to design a national testing facility to simulate tornadoes, downbursts and gusts

A team led by Cyclone Engineer Partha Sarkar has won a four-year, $14 million grant to design a national testing facility that will simulate tornadoes and other windstorms. Experiments will measure the loads that windstorms exert on structures and help researchers engineer building improvements.

Quantum mechanics and machine learning: Qi An is unlocking the secrets of strong and ductile materials 

Qi An focuses on using quantum mechanics and data-based computational methods to study materials science. In recent studies conducted by An and his team, significant progress was made in the field of ceramics. One of their works focused on improving the ductility of superhard materials. Normally, these materials have high strength but limited plasticity. 

Why does a plane look and feel like it’s moving more slowly than it actually is? Iowa Space Grant’s Sara Nelson answers this question in The Conversation

A passenger jet flies at about 575 mph once it’s at cruising altitude. That’s nearly nine times faster than a car might typically be cruising on the highway. So why does a plane in flight look like it’s just inching across the sky?

Power of the team fuels ENDURE’s work

The Electric Network Disaster Mitigation for Utilities in Rural Environment (ENDURE) team, led by Alice Alipour, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, won Iowa State’s Interdisciplinary Team Research Award for their work designed to help utilities develop risk mitigation strategies.

New job, new CAREER Award; Wenjie Xia’s first semester in Aerospace Engineering is notable

Wenjie Xia joined Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering faculty just before the start of the fall 2023 semester. Having barely gotten his feet wet in his new job, he was notified that he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Honoring excellence: Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions and new patents

Congratulations to 2023 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, new named faculty positions, and patent recipients.

Dr. Manure: Filling fields at the forefront of environmental awareness

Not all of us spend a lot of time talking about it – that is, until we smell it. But for Dr. Manure, it’s a different story. Dan Andersen, also known as Dr. Manure, is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering that’s pretty much the expert to go to on the topic of manure.