College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Tessonnier-led research bridges gap for more efficient conversions of lignin for cleaner and greener chemicals

Effective conversion of lignin to increase the production of bio-oil and reduce a solid by-product called “char” has been addressed in Iowa State University engineering research and published in Energy & Environmental Science.

Iowa State College of Engineering selects first Kiewit Scholars Program cohort

AMES, Iowa – This spring, Iowa State University’s Kiewit Scholars Program selected 18 students for the inaugural cohort for the Kiewit Scholars Program at Iowa State. This first group of scholars includes nine incoming freshmen and nine currently enrolled Iowa State students.

Agronomists join forces with engineering students to create innovative in-field research chamber to breed heat tolerant varieties

A multidisciplinary project at Iowa State University is harnessing engineering to solve agronomic challenges, enlisting undergraduates to develop an innovative research chamber to study soybeans’ responses in the field to current and future climate conditions.

ME grad student completes his 4th RAGBRAI

While he could have just spent his summer in the comfort of an air-conditioned lab, mechanical engineering (ME) graduate student Nick Schnoebelen decided to brave the heat and trek more than 450 miles across Iowa’s northern terrain on his bike. Schnoebelen, a M.S. student in ME, recently completed his fourth full RAGBRAI route.

NASA selects three ISU researchers for EPSCoR funding

Department of Aerospace Engineering T.A. Wilson Professor of Aerospace Engineering Ashraf Bastawros is one of three individuals from Iowa State University who have been selected for NASA EPSCoR’s Fiscal Year 2022 Rapid Response Research (R3).

CCEE and ME faculty receive $540k grant to predict health of high-rate systems

Prestigious funding from the U.S. Department of Defense will provide Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) professor Simon Laflamme and Mechanical Engineering associate professor Chao Hu the opportunity to study new algorithms to predict the health of mechanical systems in real-time and high speeds. The award total is $540k for 3-years and will start next month.

Pursuing a childhood dream to be an academic

Aishwarya Pawar, who will join the ME department as an assistant professor in Fall 2022, was introduced to the STEM field by her parents growing up in Goa, India. Her father, Rajiv, is a medical doctor while her mother, Swati, is a physics professor at Dhempe College of Arts and Science.  She had the opportunity to occasionally accompany her mother in the office and on different work trips, which led to her interest in academic research.

Incoming ME faculty member brings expertise that combines fluid dynamics and robotics 

Incoming Iowa State University faculty member Qiang Zhong grew up in Wenzhou, a small coastal city in southeast China. He remembers spending summers with his grandfather, a well-known diesel mechanic in his hometown, which is what got him interested in the field of engineering. His parents always encouraged him to do hands-on activities like building model airplanes and RC boats. 

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