Category: Research

Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences

Many students from across the nation come to Iowa State University during the summer to get hands-on research experience with ISU’s top faculty and facilities in Research Experience for Undergraduates programs (REUs).   Peter Meyer, senior in chemical and biological engineering at Colorado State University, has been participating in the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites … Continue reading Summer of discovery: REU participants on their engineering research experiences

French exchange students study ancient grains during summer research program

If what is old is new again, is there a way to make ancient grains new to 21st-century taste buds?
Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and associate professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering (ISU ABE) is exploring this question with help from a group of six students from southern France.

Three Cyclone Engineers named Anderlik Professors

Namrata Vaswani, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Paul Durbin, professor of aerospace engineering, and Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering, have been appointed to Joseph and Elizabeth Anderlik Professorships in Engineering.

MSE’s Michael Bartlett makes cover story of ACS journal

Earlier this year, Michael Bartlett, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, was published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces for the article titled, “Liquid Metal-Elastomer Soft Composites with Independently Controllable and Highly Tunable Droplet Size and Volume Loading.” The work was led by Ravi Tutika, graduate student in materials science and engineering, and was … Continue reading MSE’s Michael Bartlett makes cover story of ACS journal

New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets

In-Ho Cho, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation program. The nearly $600,000 award will cover a 3-year period. The project, “Elements: Development of Assumption-Free Data Curing Service for Robust Machine Learning and Statistical Prediction” will start in the fall. … Continue reading New interdisciplinary research project tackles incomplete datasets

Shan Jiang awarded prestigious ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant for coating research

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been chosen to receive a highly prestigious Doctoral New Investigator Grant (DNIG), funded by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) for his proposed research to study polymeric particles and their self-assembly for film formation and coating applications. Each year, ACS-PRF holds a highly … Continue reading Shan Jiang awarded prestigious ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant for coating research

CoE researchers to develop safer, more reliable machines with new grant

Mechanical failures in agricultural and industrial machinery could become easier to predict with the help of a new grant awarded to a team of Iowa State University researchers. Chao Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his research team have received a $239,509 award from the NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program for a … Continue reading CoE researchers to develop safer, more reliable machines with new grant

Eliot Winer, director of the virtual reality applications center at Iowa State

Eliot Winer named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

Eliot Winer has been named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) effective July 1. He has served as an associate director of VRAC since 2009, and is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Winer replaces James Oliver, who was named director of the Student Innovation Center earlier this year. In addition … Continue reading Eliot Winer named director of the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

Iowa State teams finish 1st, 8th at international data mining competition

Two teams from Iowa State University placed in the top 10 at the 2019 International Data Mining Cup. A team of Iowa State students from the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) and statistics departments took the top spot at the competition which just celebrated its 20th year. The team consisted of Qihao Zhang (Statistics), … Continue reading Iowa State teams finish 1st, 8th at international data mining competition

Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his team, have recently been published in high-impact ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces for the article titled, “Thin Biobased Transparent UV-Blocking Coating Enabled by Nanoparticle Self-Assembly.” The first author is Emily Olson, graduate student in materials science and engineering. Coauthors include Yifan Li and Ayuna Tsyrenova, both … Continue reading Shan Jiang’s biobased UV-blocking coating featured in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces

ECpE’s Ramamoorthy receives NSF funding for work on coding theoretic ideas for distributed computation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $500,000 to a professor with Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for “Leveraging Coding Techniques for Distributed Computing.” Aditya Ramamoorthy, funded for his work on coding theoretic ideas for distributed computation, is the sole principal investigator on the project. “Computing clusters that process huge … Continue reading ECpE’s Ramamoorthy receives NSF funding for work on coding theoretic ideas for distributed computation