College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

CoMFRE graduate student earns prestigious DoD SMART Scholarship

Justin Lajoie, a mechanical engineering graduate student working with Travis Sipple in multiphase flows, has received the Department of Defense, Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The scholarship fully funds his education and allows him to focus on his research.

Lights. Instruments. Action!

The Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band is performing during the 2018 Band Extravaganza. The drumline is equipped with lights that flash different colors every time they hit their drums and the crowd goes wild over the spectacle. This is when Jacob Schmieder, a trumpet player in the band, came up with a business idea.

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.

Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty

Emily Johnson completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and wind energy science, engineering, and policy this summer. This fall, she started at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor in the aerospace and mechanical engineering department.  In her time at Iowa State, Johnson was an author on 10 publications with 101 citations, ranging …Continue reading “Emily Johnson: From Cyclone Engineering Ph.D. to Notre Dame faculty”

ME researchers take second place in national Hackathon competition

A mechanical engineering (ME) team of two graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher took second place at the national Hackathon competition hosted earlier this month by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Computers & Information in Engineering Division. The team consisted of Ankush Mishra, Ph.D. student; Venkat Nemani, postdoctoral research associate; and Adam Thelen, …Continue reading “ME researchers take second place in national Hackathon competition”

$20 million federal grant launches AI institute for better crops, agricultural production

The researchers behind a new artificial intelligence institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are supporting the researchers’ idea with a five-year, $20 million grant to establish an AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture based at Iowa State University.

Serving his country by teaching armed service members

Ben McFarland was inspired by the good teachers he had as a student at Iowa State University and now he’s looking to pay it forward in his capacity as a college instructor. McFarland grew up in Nevada, Iowa and developed an interest in STEM at an early age because of his father, Pat, who worked …Continue reading “Serving his country by teaching armed service members”

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