College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

REFORM plays to the tune of sustainability

When most of us think “recycling,” we don’t also immediately think “music.” But innovative students at Iowa State are collaborating across disciplines to find the perfect harmony between materials science, reducing waste, and creating new musical instruments.

In the Recyclables Evolved from Offscouring Remade to Music (REFORM) project, students from areas in engineering, particularly materials science and engineering, are working together with student in music and theatre to reduce plastic waste at Iowa State by gathering plastic materials and transforming them into durable plastic musical instruments.

Ames Tribune: Nobel Prize Laureate and MSE Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman visiting Ames

Dan “Danny” Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work discovering what are known as quasicrystals. He’s a distinguished professor in Iowa State’s materials science and engineering department and he’s worked with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Shechtman is visiting Ames for three weeks this fall.

MSE’s Trivedi is PI of project carried on NASA Space X23 rocket to ISS

Dr. Rohit Trivedi, a senior scientist at Ames Laboratory and a professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, is the Principal Investigator of a physical science investigation known as DEvice for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization – Directional Solidification Insert-Reflight (DSI-R), being carried on the Space X23 rocket to resupply the International Space Station.

Honoring excellence: 2021 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, named faculty positions, and new patents

Recognizing College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners, new named faculty positions, and patents received.

Engineers study advanced manufacturing methods in zero-gravity

A team of engineering researchers at Iowa State University is studying the most effective ways for manufacturing materials in outer space, with the hope that astronauts can use these methods while on space missions.

Undergrad research takes flight: MSE’s Jun Cui mentor in Boeing research fellowship program

Jun Cui, associate professor of materials science and engineering, was a faculty mentor in the new Boeing Undergraduate Research Fellowship program. The partnership with Boeing pairs undergraduate students with College of Engineering faculty and Boeing engineers to get hands-on research experience in cutting-edge projects in aerospace engineering, cyber security, autonomous systems, machine learning and more.

MSE student receives TMS Light Metals Division Scholarship

Jarrett Loseke, a sophomore in Iowa State University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Light Metals Division Scholarship. The scholarship is given to full-time undergraduate sophomores or juniors majoring in metallurgical and/or materials science and engineering with an emphasis on traditional and emerging light metals.