Category: Department News

Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you

At just 23 years old, Grayson Burgess’s company has already generated more than a quarter million dollars in sales. Burgess, senior in mechanical engineering, founded Comic Sandwiches, an Iowa-based company that designs and manufactures movie-quality replicas, props and memorabilia for fans of comic books and superheroes. His customers range from diehard comic book and superhero … Continue reading Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you

Dishing up more food, less waste

Post-harvest loss and food waste are global problems. Now, collaboration going on between Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and outside partners could be the key to solving this world-wide issue.

Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Researchers at Iowa State University are using their expertise to create a system that will provide students, teachers, police officers and others with accurate, real-time information in the event of an active shooter situation in a school. Soumik Sarkar, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is serving as the Primary Investigator (PI) at the Iowa State … Continue reading Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Spanning then and now: engineering engages a state in history and recreation on the High Trestle Trail

Want to hear the accompanying podcast? Listen here. Did you know that the High Trestle Trail Bridge is exactly half a mile long? Brenna Fall sure knows. It’s just one engineering detail that Fall (civil engineering B.S. 2003) can point out. Now the capital improvement program manager for the City of Cedar Rapids, Fall was … Continue reading Spanning then and now: engineering engages a state in history and recreation on the High Trestle Trail

2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture explores the makeup of soils

On Nov. 14, 2019, Roman Hryciw gave the 2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture at Iowa State University. The topic of his presentation was optical characterizations of granular soils. Hryciw is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Michigan and has interests in site characterization, in-situ testing, instrument development, image analysis, soil properties, … Continue reading 2019 James M. Hoover Distinguished Lecture explores the makeup of soils

Paving the way with soy

A biopolymer using high-oleic soybean oil could soon be replacing petroleum-based products in asphalt. Iowa State University research engineers have good news for soybean growers: a soy oil polymer for asphalt paving.

4 questions with Cyclone Engineer Mette Lundsgaard

Mette Lundsgaard (’81 elec engr) retired as an engineering manager at 3M and is now an active supporter of Iowa State University’s Women and Philanthropy Workshop and Iowa State’s Women in Science and Engineering and Engineers Without Borders.   What was your experience like at Iowa State? My experience at ISU was fun and enriching. … Continue reading 4 questions with Cyclone Engineer Mette Lundsgaard

The long run: CBE undergrad finds challenge in NYC Marathon, course work

The streets of New York City bear little resemblance to the walkways of Sweeney Hall. But when Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) sophomore Wesley Jamieson was making his way through the course of the New York City Marathon, his thoughts drifted back to his home department. “When I first started long-distance running, I’d … Continue reading The long run: CBE undergrad finds challenge in NYC Marathon, course work

ECpE receives $1 million DOE grant for elevating distributed wind power with new optimization and control algorithms

All across Iowa, rural communities reside. Driving between those communities, plots of land with hundreds of giant wind turbines are commonly seen from car windows. These wind turbines provide power to transmission systems and spread around the country, powering communities around America. But small-scale distributed wind turbines also can power local communities. In the Department … Continue reading ECpE receives $1 million DOE grant for elevating distributed wind power with new optimization and control algorithms

Balaji Narasimhan named National Academy of Inventors fellow

The National Academy of Inventors is adding Cyclone Engineer Balaji Narasimhan to its roster of academy fellows. The academy announced it is recognizing Narasimhan, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair and the director of Iowa State’s Nanovaccine Institute, for demonstrating “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society.”

Matthew Brown’s background will assist CBE students in many ways

The newest addition to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Mike and Jean Steffenson Student Services Center brings a wide range of experience working with college students. Matthew Brown will be part of the department team as a student services specialist. He will advise CBE undergrads, will work with the department’s student ambassador program, … Continue reading Matthew Brown’s background will assist CBE students in many ways