Category: Research

Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

Jaime Juarez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a McNair Mentor, had read a multitude of articles about portable optical microscopes that obtain real-time measurements out in the field instead of in a lab. But among these many articles, he did not find any portable means of performing rheology measurements. Rheology is a branch of … Continue reading Big research experience building a small device: Mentoring duo creates first-of-its-kind portable viscosity instrument

ECpE Spring Senior Design teams win big

For the spring 2019 semester, Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering named three winning teams for the Senior Design project, along with three honorable mentions.   First Place: Automatic Solder Dispenser Students: Samuel Willford, Jason Austin, Justin Wheeler, Zachary Bumstead, Kevin Carlson, Trent Allison. Adviser: Lee Harker Our task is to build … Continue reading ECpE Spring Senior Design teams win big

Three engineering postdocs win research and seed funding awards

Three Cyclone Engineer postdoctoral research associates won research awards and funding from the Iowa State University PostDoc Association. Azahar Ali, postdoc in electrical and computer engineering, won a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award. Timothy Morgan, postdoc in mechanical engineering, and Fei Lu, postdoc in materials science and engineering, both have won Postdoctoral Seed Grant funding support.

ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xianglan Bai has been awarded a patent for a process she has developed to convert lignin into precursors of biofuels and chemicals. U.S. Patent 10,190,053, entitled “Pyrolysis of Lignin,” is one of the products of her research group in developing biobased chemicals and fuels. Bai was issued the patent in collaboration … Continue reading ME professor awarded patent for lignin conversion process

CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

Maxsam Donta, a graduating senior in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE), took top honors for research presentations in a recent College of Engineering symposium. Donta’s project is titled “Transdifferentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells into Schwann Cell-like Phenotypes using Electrical Stimulation.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Surya Mallapragada. Each semester the College of … Continue reading CBE’s Donta tops in honors program research symposium

Three ME students win awards at 2019 GPSS Conference

Mechanical engineering graduate students had a strong showing at Iowa State University’s 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Conference, taking home three prizes. Alex Wrede, a Ph.D. student, took home the top-prize in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) category for his presentation entitled “Characterizing the Response of the Brain to Surrounding Cavitation.” “In summary, … Continue reading Three ME students win awards at 2019 GPSS Conference

Nikita Kozak receives Goldwater Scholarship

Nikita Kozak, a junior in mechanical engineering from Waukee, Iowa, has received a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. He was selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,223 nominees nationwide.

ECpE’s Liang Dong receives $300,000 NSF grant for “Fitbit-like” plant sensor

Water can be a costly resource for farmers, but Liang Dong, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, is in the process of developing a device with the potential to lower the amount of money farmers put toward water — resulting in economical farming methods and cheaper foods … Continue reading ECpE’s Liang Dong receives $300,000 NSF grant for “Fitbit-like” plant sensor

Ming-Chen Hsu to Receive 2019 USACM Gallagher Young Investigator Award

Ming-Chen Hsu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded the 2019 U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics Gallagher Young Investigator Award, one of the most prestigious honors from the global computational mechanics’ community. The Gallagher Young Investigator Award is given to an outstanding investigator under the age of 40, who is recognized for outstanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers.

Rutherford studied failed Midwestern levees, researches potential solutions

Cyclone Engineer Cassandra Rutherford has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. And now she’s working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using “biocementation” to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.

CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded

For the second consecutive year the clock and research presentations shared the spotlight for graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, in the Perfect Pitch competition. All chemical engineering graduate students who have completed their preliminary oral exams for their degrees presented their research projects to students, faculty and staff under a … Continue reading CBE’s “Perfect Pitch” top research presenters are awarded