Category: Mechanical Engineering

Engineers contribute to project aimed at improving protective clothing systems for firefighters and first responders

Firefighters and first responders need effective personal protective equipment (PPE) that provides the right combination of functionality, protection and comfort. A project led by a team of Iowa State University researchers aims to develop fundamental knowledge and tools for the next generation of high performance PPE. Guowen Song, Noma Scott Lloyd Chair in Textiles and … Continue reading Engineers contribute to project aimed at improving protective clothing systems for firefighters and first responders

UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests

UNICOM Talks is a new series of events that will present noted guests from the field of aerospace engineering offering insight into many facets of the industry. Hosted by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, UNICOM Talks will debut with two department alums in the spotlight on back-to-back days: NASA Chief Technologist David Voracek will … Continue reading UNICOM Talks series debuts Sept. 24-25 with NASA, Boeing guests

ME’s Greg Maxwell joined the ranks of emeritus faculty

Greg Maxwell, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has retired. Maxwell joined the Iowa State community as an assistant professor in 1985, and he has held various leadership positions since then, including positions at the ISU Research House and the ISU Industrial Assessment Center. He is currently the director of the undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering … Continue reading ME’s Greg Maxwell joined the ranks of emeritus faculty

ISU researchers to study blockchain technology to improve sustainability in food markets

Food production systems could become more environmentally sustainable and K-12 students could become more educated about it as part of a new research project. A team of Iowa State University researchers, led by mechanical engineering (ME) associate professor Mark Mba-Wright, recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a research project … Continue reading ISU researchers to study blockchain technology to improve sustainability in food markets

Synergy between research and application: Project collaboration with CoMFRE and student organization

We put a lot of things in a kitchen microwave, from Hot Pockets to leftover lasagna. But what about rocket propellant?

That’s essentially what Travis Sippel and his team are doing in a Young Investigator Project (YIP) with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. More specifically (and more safely), they are testing methods to dynamically control the combustion of a solid rocket propellant by applying microwave energy.

ME research project to examine two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

Flexible circuits, sensors, and low power transistors could become more feasible with the help of a research grant recently awarded to a mechanical engineering professor. Xinwei Wang, a professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a $337,730 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. The project, “Conjugated Energy Transport … Continue reading ME research project to examine two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides

The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam

“We’ve been collaborating informally, just motivated by the science questions, without any funding for a year or so. As we were working out those science questions, we thought, ‘Hey, we should really move this forward,’” said Shankar Subramaniam, professor of mechanical engineering. Subramaniam and collaborators from Minnesota and Michigan recently received funding for a three-year … Continue reading The intersection of research and education: New NSF award for Subramaniam

ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME

Mechanical engineering professor Abhijit Chandra has received a prestigious award from a top organization in his field. Earlier this month, Chandra received the Excellence in Mechanics Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division. This lifetime achievement award was bestowed upon Chandra because of advancements he has made in … Continue reading ME’s Chandra receives lifetime achievement award from ASME