Category: Mechanical Engineering

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian of Iowa State University stands next to some computing equipment.

$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.

Honoring excellence: 2021 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners

Cyclone Engineering faculty and staff have been named winners of 2021 college awards, honoring their outstanding accomplishments and contributions: D.R. Boylan Eminent Award for Research Venkataramana Ajjarapu, Thomas M. Whitney Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Mid-Career Achievement in Research Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Richard C. Seagrave Professor, chemical and biological engineering Early Achievement in Research Kristin … Continue reading Honoring excellence: 2021 College of Engineering faculty and staff award winners

Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car

Iowa State University’s solar car club, Team PrISUm, unveiled its newest model on Friday afternoon at the Student Innovation Center: Eliana. Eliana is the 15th iteration of a solar-powered vehicle that the student club has developed since its founding in 1989. Typically, the team develops a new model every other year. The name for the … Continue reading Iowa State University’s solar car team unveils its newest car

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more … Continue reading Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Cyclone Engineering staff honored for learning community contributions

College of Engineering staff were named winners of 2021 Iowa State University Learning Communities achievement awards and recognized for years of service. Patrick Determan, academic advisor for software engineering, received an Early Achievement in Learning Communities Coordination award. The award citation reads: “Patrick is the co-coordinator of the Software Engineering learning community (SELC). When learning … Continue reading Cyclone Engineering staff honored for learning community contributions

Robot in between crop plants

Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled sensing, modeling, robots tending crops

Rather than tending fields by the hundreds of acres, farmers could one day tend each and every plant with the help of machine learning, robots and other technologies. A five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers develop such a cyber-physical system. The project is led by Soumik Sarkar, the Walter W. Wilson Faculty Fellow in Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures

A first-of-its-kind curriculum in Iowa will soon be available to students in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering – and will help prepare them for a cutting-edge area of technology that’s part of what has been deemed “the fourth industrial revolution.” A new undergraduate minor in cyber-physical systems (CPS) will debut in the fall 2021 … Continue reading New cyber-physical systems minor leverages industry ties to enhance student futures