Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Video Profiles: Tom Burtnett

Tom Burtnett, Structures Manager for Team PrISUm and a senior in mechanical engineering, discusses his role as a driver for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, what he learned after a day of test driving, and his impressions thus far about the team’s trip down under.

FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino

Mechanical engineering graduate Nick Hasto (BSME’17), ME senior Sarah Pinkerton, and Ames High senior Rucha Kelkar (daughter of ME professor Atul Kelkar) discuss their involvement in the Ames/Story County/Iowa State University chapter of FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino. Pinkerton, who is also an alumna of Ames High, was on the founding team in 2012. For more … Continue reading FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino

PrISUm Solar Car Team at the Capitol

PrISUm Solar Car Team president and mechanical engineering student Dylan Neal along with Iowa governor Kim Reynolds discuss PrISUm’s newest model – Penumbra – during a public event at the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines on June 15, 2017.

Alum applies mechanical engineering skills to his restaurant business

Lu Li (BSME’15) discusses his recently-opened restaurant Grandpa Noodle Gallery, how he applies his ME skills to running a business, and why he and his wife chose Ames as the location for their restaurant. For more info, visit

SWE University – Mechanical Engineering

During the afternoon session of SWE University on July 12, 2017, participants learned about mechanical engineering. ME senior lecturer Jim Heise presented on what a mechanical engineer does and also discussed the role of some significant women in science and engineering throughout history.

Innovative grad retrofits motorcycle and develops app for ethanol plants

Bringing home a brand-new Harley Davidson to modify is a little nerve-racking, but that’s what Alex Shaw did to fulfill his dream. “From a young age I realized I couldn’t ride a traditional motorcycle,” said Shaw who is graduating with an agricultural systems technology and industrial technology bachelor’s degree. The nerves in Shaw’s right hand were damaged … Continue reading Innovative grad retrofits motorcycle and develops app for ethanol plants

ME and CCEE team up for Campanile-Carillon Model Project

The departments of mechanical engineering and civil, construction, and environmental engineering have teamed up with other departments on campus for the Campanile-Carillon Model Project which aims to build a miniature, mobile version of the iconic Iowa State landmark. For more information visit and

M:2:I’s Cardinal Flight has successful first flight

Arrow, the newest aircraft created by the Make to Innovate Program, Cardinal Flight, had it’s inaugural flight on Sunday morning in an airfield in Newton, IA. Arrow is a 18 ft. wingspan electric powered sailplane designed to incorporate solar panels. The aircraft was designed and manufactured entirely by students of Cardinal Flight. With Arrow, Cardinal Flight’s goal is … Continue reading M:2:I’s Cardinal Flight has successful first flight

Goldwater Scholar Aims to Give Back to Home Country

Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering, discusses his background, his research interests, and his career plans. Diallo was among four ISU student who recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. He also participated in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Multiscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging Research Experience for Undergraduates (MoSAIc REU) program.

ISU students work to bring clean water to African village

Students with the Iowa State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have spent the past couple years working with the village of Ullo (pop. 800) in the west African country of Ghana to supply its residents with easy access to clean water.