Category: Research

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

A graduate student wearing jeans and a zip-up sweatshirt holds one side of a paper certificate. The other side is held by a professor wearing a dress and suit coat.

Aerospace graduate researcher awarded “Best Student Contribution” by international computing systems community

Rohit Dureja, an aerospace research assistant pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science, has received international recognition for his research project. He has been awarded Best Student Contribution honors from the international research community at the FMCAD conference in San Jose, California. Dureja’s research, titled “Scalable Verification of Designs with Multiple Properties,” focuses on the safe … Continue reading Aerospace graduate researcher awarded “Best Student Contribution” by international computing systems community

New CBE professor Bardhan to bring image-guided techniques to fight against disease

With a research specialty in nanomedicine and nanophotonics – and designing materials that fight diseases using image-guided techniques – Rizia Bardhan will join the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in January, 2020. Bardhan, who has been hired as a tenured associate professor, comes to Iowa State from Vanderbilt University, where she … Continue reading New CBE professor Bardhan to bring image-guided techniques to fight against disease

ECpE professors receive $1 million NSF grant for data-driven vision of future power grids

Driving along the highway, most people have seen parts of the U.S. power grid in the form of tall, metal towers carrying power lines. These power lines are transmitting much of the electricity we use daily to power microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and more. But with this vast amount of electricity and power, many components … Continue reading ECpE professors receive $1 million NSF grant for data-driven vision of future power grids

PODCAST: From blue roofs to rebuilds: why communities can (or cannot) construct after catastrophes

A hurricane hits. You survive the storm, but your house doesn’t. And to complicate matters, you don’t have the documentation to prove the house was actually yours to begin with. What do you do? Construction engineering doctoral student Jess Talbot recently traveled to Puerto Rico, a country still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria back in 2017. Along with her mentor, Assistant Professor Cristina Poleacovschi, Jess studied how communities are … or are not … able to reconstruct after a catastrophic event. Be sure to listen to the latest episode of our new podcast series “Factor Analysis” and click SUBSCRIBE wherever you listen to podcasts. Special acknowledgement to the research team of Cristina Poleacovschi and Jess Talbot, including:

Sara Hamideh (Stonybrook University), collaborating professor
Carlos Santos, undergraduate student
Luis Gallardo & Alison Chopel, Habitat for Humanity

And thank you to the multiple UPR students and the stakeholders and community members who shared their stories with us.

Three new faculty join the ECpE department

Three new faculty have joined the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Md Maruf Ahamed, assistant professor; Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer, research associate professor; and Hugo N. Villegas-Pico, assistant professor.