Category: Mechanical Engineering

ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME

Mechanical engineering professor Abhijit Chandra has received a prestigious award from a top organization in his field. Earlier this month, Chandra received the Excellence in Mechanics Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division. This lifetime achievement award was bestowed upon Chandra because of advancements he has made in … Continue reading ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME

Three Cyclone Engineers named Anderlik Professors

Namrata Vaswani, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Paul Durbin, professor of aerospace engineering, and Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering, have been appointed to Joseph and Elizabeth Anderlik Professorships in Engineering.

CoE researchers to develop safer, more reliable machines with new grant

Mechanical failures in agricultural and industrial machinery could become easier to predict with the help of a new grant awarded to a team of Iowa State University researchers. Chao Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his research team have received a $239,509 award from the NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program for a … Continue reading CoE researchers to develop safer, more reliable machines with new grant

Eliot Winer, director of the virtual reality applications center at Iowa State

Eliot Winer named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

Eliot Winer has been named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) effective July 1. He has served as an associate director of VRAC since 2009, and is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Winer replaces James Oliver, who was named director of the Student Innovation Center earlier this year. In addition … Continue reading Eliot Winer named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Focus. Focus on what you want and go for it. These are the first two lines of Jocelyn Jackson’s personal mission statement. And as the new national chair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as of May 1, focus is Jackson’s top priority. When it comes to NSBE, Jackson treats focus as an acronym … Continue reading Strength in numbers: New national chair leading NSBE with purpose

Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance

Modern internal combustion engines power military ground transportation and unmanned air vehicles (UAV). But in certain operating conditions fuel drops can significantly impinge on the engine piston surface of these engines, affecting the fuel mixture distribution and performance – and the success of missions. Song-Charng Kong, professor of mechanical engineering, and James Michael, assistant professor … Continue reading Predicting fuel drop-wall interactions, optimizing engine performance

Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff have been recognized with college awards for excellence in inspiring future engineering leaders, pursuing groundbreaking research and celebrating diversity and inclusion.   Staff Excellence Michelle Grawe, laboratory supervisor in materials science and engineering   D.R. Boylan Award Ratnesh Kumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering   Outstanding Achievement in Teaching … Continue reading Excellence of purpose: Faculty and staff recognized with College of Engineering awards

In a heartbeat: Machine learning speeds up heart-valve simulations

  Simulation of fluid moving through a valve Simulation of heart movement Simulation of fluid moving through heart valves Adarsh Krishnamurthy and Ming-Chen Hsu got to talking about their research interests – Krishnamurthy works in simulating cardiac mechanics and Hsu in simulating valve dynamics – when they had an idea. “He has the heart without the valve, … Continue reading In a heartbeat: Machine learning speeds up heart-valve simulations

Three engineering postdocs win research and seed funding awards

Three Cyclone Engineer postdoctoral research associates won research awards and funding from the Iowa State University PostDoc Association. Azahar Ali, postdoc in electrical and computer engineering, won a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award. Timothy Morgan, postdoc in mechanical engineering, and Fei Lu, postdoc in materials science and engineering, both have won Postdoctoral Seed Grant funding support.