ME PhD alum receives Bucknell Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Daniela Faas – a 2010 PhD alumna in mechanical engineering and human-computer interaction at Iowa State University – recently received the Bucknell Alumni Achievement Award. Faas holds an M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. The Ludwigshafen, Germany-native also competed on the water polo [Continue Reading…]

Racing to the future: Students collaborate to design vehicles using augmented reality

When most of us drive our cars, we’re busy thinking about what’s on the radio, what we’re making for dinner and, hopefully, the other drivers and pedestrians around us. Most likely, we aren’t thinking about the elaborate computer systems keeping our vehicles running smoothly and safely. And thankfully, we don’t have to think about the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer addresses need for scientists, engineers to engage the public

ME, agronomy researchers team up to study robotics in agriculture

A team of Iowa State researchers has been awarded funding to study the use of robotics in agriculture. The project is led by mechanical engineering assistant professor Sourabh Bhattacharya, with co-PIs Baskar Ganapathysubramanian (associate professor, ME), Soumik Sarkar (assistant professor, ME), Asheesh Singh (assistant professor, Agronomy), and Arti Singh (adjunct assistant professor, Agronomy). The project is [Continue Reading…]

CoE researchers awarded Miller Faculty Fellowship

Three College of Engineering researchers have been granted funding to study the use of augmented reality applications when teaching structural analysis. An Chen (assistant professor in civil, construction, and environmental engineering [CCEE]) Rafael Radkowski (assistant professor in mechanical engineering) and Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu (lecturer in CCEE) were awarded a Miller Faculty Fellowship for their proposal entitled “Exploring the potential of augmented reality [Continue Reading…]

ME’s Wickert pens advice column for first-year college students

ISU senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert recently published a column in the Des Moines Register providing advice for first-year college students and their parents. Wickert, who also serves as a mechanical engineering professor, writes: “We want you to succeed. While you need to put in the hours and effort, we are there to teach, mentor [Continue Reading…]

ME alum named “2016 Attorney of the Year”

Mechanical engineering alumnus Michael Kane, along with two other principals from the Twin Cities office of the law firm Fish & Richardson, have been named “2016 Attorneys of the Year” in the team category by the independent newspaper Minnesota Lawyer. Kane and his colleagues – John Dragseth and William Woodford – were recognized for their June 2016 U.S. Supreme Court [Continue Reading…]

ME senior makes history in her own way

Mechanical engineering has largest undergrad enrollment on campus

Enrollment in the mechanical engineering undergraduate program at Iowa State for the spring 2017 semester is nearly twice the size of the next biggest major, according to data from the Office of the Registrar. ME’s spring 2017 enrollment comes in at 2,054, ahead of second-place kinesiology and health with 1,119 students. Though not a degree-granting [Continue Reading…]

Valery Levitas honored at international conference

Valery Levitas, a Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor of aerospace engineering was honored at a symposium at the 23rd International Conference on Plasticity, Damage & Fracture on January 3-9 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The symposium, “Structural Changes in Materials,” was organized by aerospace engineering faculty Dr. Liming Xiong and his colleagues. The International Conference on Plasticity, [Continue Reading…]

Two ME professors awarded patents

Mechanical Engineering professors Robert C. Brown and Atul Kelkar were recently each awarded patents. Brown was co-inventor with R. Christopher Williams, a professor in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State, and Mohamed Abdel Raouf Mohamed Metwally of Cairo, Egypt on U.S. Patent No. 9,546,276 entitled “Bio-oil Formulation as an Asphalt Substitute.” The patent was issued [Continue Reading…]