Aerospace Engineering’s Valery Levitas named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering Dr. Valery Levitas has been named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering at Iowa State University, one of the highest honors for faculty in the College of Engineering. The title of Anson Marston Distinguished Professor honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Valery Levitas named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Beyond the class at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

Graduate transportation engineering student finds caring community 2,000 miles from home Willine Richardson rates Iowa State friendliness as “top-notch.” “It reminds me of home a lot, because of the hospitality …,” she says. “You can meet anyone, from any part of the world, to be honest. I’ve met so many people from different places.” Richardson … Continue reading Beyond the class at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

Three ME professors receive university awards

Three professors from the Department of Mechanical Engineering received 2018 university awards. Ted Heindel, Bergles Professor of Thermal Science, received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. This award is presented by the Iowa Board of Regents and recognizes “tenured faculty members [who] are outstanding university citizens and who have rendered significant service to the university or … Continue reading Three ME professors receive university awards

Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

AMES, Iowa – Tiny defects in electrical insulating materials may lead to breakdowns, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Xiaoli Tan, an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, is working to understand how those nanoscale defects, when subject to extreme electric fields, evolve into material failures. Those … Continue reading Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

Q&A with Hossein Taheri

Hossein Taheri will complete his PhD in mechanical engineering at the end of the summer. He is also a recent recipient of the 2018 Young NDT (Nondestructive Testing) Professional Recognition award from the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). Taheri, who was co-advised by Timothy Bigelow and Leonard Bond, will work as a nondestructive evaluation (NDE) research … Continue reading Q&A with Hossein Taheri

A group of freshman conduct research during a final session of FRI. Photos by Tindall.

Freshman sum up spring semester with real-world research

Freshman Research Initiative continues to grow in Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) keeps doors open. That’s what Olivia Taylor has found. “I would encourage others to take part in undergraduate research, or doing the FRI opportunity,” she says. “I think a lot of the times, even … Continue reading Freshman sum up spring semester with real-world research

ECpE student awarded graduate NSF fellowship

Leif Bauer, electrical engineering senior with Iowa State University’s  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), recently was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF websites stated the 2,000 fellowship awardees were chosen from more than 12,000 applicants. The fellowship recruits high-potential scientists and engineers early in their careers and supports … Continue reading ECpE student awarded graduate NSF fellowship

Mohamed Elkashef (Photos courtesy Elkashef)

CCEE’s Elkashef awarded Karas Award from ISU Graduate College

Postdoctoral researcher earns first Karas Award in history of Iowa State’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department (CCEE) Mohamed Elkashef has been selected by Iowa State University’s Graduate College as the recipient of the 2018 Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the mathematical and physical sciences and engineering discipline. The award recognizes a superior dissertation … Continue reading CCEE’s Elkashef awarded Karas Award from ISU Graduate College

ChemE grad student Dillon Hurd has impressive run promoting his heart assist device

It was a big three days recently for Iowa State chemical engineering graduate student Dillon Hurd and pitches promoting his biomedical research project. Hurd, who will be graduating with a Master of Engineering degree May 3 (with plans to continue on into a Ph.D. program here at Iowa State), picked up two second place finishes … Continue reading ChemE grad student Dillon Hurd has impressive run promoting his heart assist device

Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Kaitlin Bratlie is an associate professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has been a biomaterial researcher and professor at Iowa State since 2011. Bratlie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley … Continue reading Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Q&A with Austin Downey

Austin Downey is currently pursuing a PhD in Wind Energy Science Engineering and Policy administered by the mechanical engineering department. He was recently named an honorable mention for Iowa State’s Zaffarano Award which recognizes excellence in graduate research. This marks the fourth year in a row that a ME student has won the award or been named honorable … Continue reading Q&A with Austin Downey

CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber

A research project by a group of College of Engineering researchers aims to develop a bio-based carbon fiber that could be used in anything from cars to wind turbines. The project was first started two years ago when the College of Engineering’s Exploratory Research Project provided seed funding for the preliminary studies. Findings from those … Continue reading CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber

CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

“It’s a piece of equipment that’s as easy to use as a coffee maker. And it’s a very low-risk way to visualize materials to see if it tells you something new.” The simplicity, yet high value of, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Small Angle X-Ray Scattering System (SAXS) is summed up in that … Continue reading CBE’s new Small Angle X-Ray Scattering unit will benefit many ISU researchers

Gilbert’s grad student wins best poster presentation award

A graduate student advised by IMSE assistant professor Stephen Gilbert recently won the award for best poster presentation at an Iowa State research conference. Adel Sulaiman, a PhD student in computer science, was named the best poster presenter by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate at the 5th annual Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference … Continue reading Gilbert’s grad student wins best poster presentation award