Category: Mechanical Engineering

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

MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition

Mechanical engineering students had an impressive showing during the Research Days 2021 competition, hosted last month by Iowa State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Saurabh Aykar, Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering (ME), took first place in the People’s Choice category in the iPoster competition — which was hosted through the iPoster platform … Continue reading MEs take top prizes during campus-wide research poster competition

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit … Continue reading Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

It took a pandemic and the inability to do on-campus visits that led one mechanical engineering student to decide he wanted to stay a little closer to home for graduate school. Antonio Alvarez-Valdivia originally wanted to leave the Midwest for graduate school when he completed his B.S. in mechanical engineering (ME) later this spring. However, … Continue reading Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Conducting research within the field of pharmaceuticals might be the last place you’d expect to find a mechanical engineer but Michael Olsen would prove you wrong. Olsen, a professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State University, is getting ready to begin his newest research project with his colleague Dennis Vigil, professor of chemical and … Continue reading Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Hashemi elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineering associate professor Nicole Hashemi has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The status of Fellow is bestowed upon an ASME Member with 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in the organization. Of the more than 100,000 ASME … Continue reading Hashemi elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ME’s Suresh to serve as Graduate College student marshal for Spring 2021

Vignesh Suresh has racked up a handful of awards and honors during his time at Iowa State, and he’ll have at least one more to his name when he walks across the commencement stage later this semester. Suresh, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering (ME) and human-computer interaction, has been named a student marshal for … Continue reading ME’s Suresh to serve as Graduate College student marshal for Spring 2021