AMES, Iowa – Tiny defects in electrical insulating materials may lead to breakdowns, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Xiaoli Tan, an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, is working to understand how those nanoscale defects, when subject to extreme electric fields, evolve into material failures. Those … Continue reading Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials
Kaitlin Bratlie is an associate professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has been a biomaterial researcher and professor at Iowa State since 2011. Bratlie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley … Continue reading Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration
At the end of each semester, the College of Engineering honors twelve outstanding seniors, one of which is selected to serve as the college’s student marshal at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.
Iowa State University engineering students have developed a new, practical and cost-effective way to drop medical supplies into a disaster area as part of the inaugural 3M Disruptive Design Challenge last week at 3M headquarters. Their air-drop container survived a 150-foot fall and water submersion, and was successfully repurposed as a stretcher.
Peter Collins, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected to be a collaborator in a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program for the United States Navy. The team of collaborators will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy. The … Continue reading Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy
Kathryn “Katie” Neilson, a junior in materials engineering from Morton, Illinois, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention recipient. The Goldwater Scholarships are granted to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States based on academic merit in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. Neilson was one of two Iowa … Continue reading Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention
Martin Thuo, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was named the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Researcher of the Month, recognizing his ongoing work in the area of polymers and soft materials. He is the first recipient as it is new recognition.
Shan Jiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was recently awarded a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. There were 21 recipients out of more than 100 high-quality nominations from over 60 academic institutions across the United States. He was the only Iowa State University award recipient this year. The … Continue reading Jiang receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award
Dr. Valery Levitas, Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and faculty scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Lab, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Khan International Award, also known as the Khan Plasticity Award. Levitas was noted for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 24 … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award
Emily Olson, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as a Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient. She is one of thirteen students from across Iowa State University receiving the award of $10,000. The Brown Graduate Fellowship Program encourages research at Iowa State in the areas of study including science, … Continue reading Olson receives Brown Graduate Fellowship
Jose Pérez González’s story is unique. His diverse and well-rounded experiences make him a leader by example and a student who has a strong desire to excel, learn, and grow in whatever he participates. Pérez González is beginning his second semester at Iowa State and has immersed himself completely to embrace his Iowa State adventure. … Continue reading Exploring creativity through dance and materials engineering
Assistant Professor, Shan Jiang, one of Materials Science and Engineering’s newest faculty members, joined the department in 2016. Prior to becoming an assistant professor at Iowa State, Jiang spent three years working at The Dow Chemical Company as a project leader. His research was primarily focused on waterborne latex coating. Jiang brought a wealth of … Continue reading Jiang lab helps industry develop biobased functional coatings using nanotechnology
Hui Ning Tan, a student in materials engineering, is an exchange student from the National University of Singapore. She is attending Iowa State University for the spring 2018 semester and will return to Singapore in May. She said, “I came to Iowa State for a semester because I wanted to experience what my brother experienced. … Continue reading Meet, Hui Ning Tan, a materials engineering exchange student from Singapore