Category: ME Ticker

Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you

At just 23 years old, Grayson Burgess’s company has already generated more than a quarter million dollars in sales. Burgess, senior in mechanical engineering, founded Comic Sandwiches, an Iowa-based company that designs and manufactures movie-quality replicas, props and memorabilia for fans of comic books and superheroes. His customers range from diehard comic book and superhero … Continue reading Bringing Captain America’s shield and other movie memorabilia to a living room near you

Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Researchers at Iowa State University are using their expertise to create a system that will provide students, teachers, police officers and others with accurate, real-time information in the event of an active shooter situation in a school. Soumik Sarkar, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is serving as the Primary Investigator (PI) at the Iowa State … Continue reading Engineering research project studies active shooter situations in schools

Bringing research expertise in fluids and energy

Incoming mechanical engineering faculty member looks to establish a research niche combining fluids and energy at Iowa State University Returning to Ames and conducting research at Iowa State University will be something of a homecoming for incoming mechanical engineering faculty member. Todd Kingston grew up in North Bend, Nebraska, about three hours west of Ames. … Continue reading Bringing research expertise in fluids and energy

New project will explore manufacturing in space

A mechanical engineering professor will establish a new research program to study ways for manufacturing polymer-based structures in space for space applications with the help of a new grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Reza Montazami, associate professor in mechanical engineering (ME), received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for a project titled … Continue reading New project will explore manufacturing in space

Faith, courage, service, true. With honor over all.

Matthew Letcher (’03 mech engr) was recently promoted to commander in the Navy and was struggling to find someone to swear him into office—it was scheduled for holiday weekend, and he hadn’t built connections out in his new home of Anacortes, Washington. Then it hit him—Letcher’s father in law, Spencer Stevens (’66 chem engr), was … Continue reading Faith, courage, service, true. With honor over all.

From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

Much like the game of football, all components on an engineering design must work together to achieve an end goal. Having played football for a better part of his life, mechanical engineering (ME) senior Nate Van Veldhuizen understands the parallels between the game he loves and the material that he learns in the classroom. “One … Continue reading From playing under the lights, to helping to design them

Incoming ME professor brings energy research program to Iowa State

During an era before the internet, Cary Pint remembers building ham radio antennae and designing electrical systems that allowed the young broadcaster to communicate with people all over the world. Pint, who will join the mechanical engineering (ME) faculty at Iowa State University for the spring 2020 semester, said that working on this radio equipment … Continue reading Incoming ME professor brings energy research program to Iowa State

ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Learning about engineering in another country is an effective way to become a better-rounded engineer, according to one student. Tim Dorn, a junior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring 2019 semester and his summer studying abroad at Hochschule Mannheim in southwest Germany. He said that through this experience he noticed the differences in the cultures … Continue reading ME student learns engineering from a German perspective