Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and … Continue reading An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset
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Piloting an aircraft is popularly described as hours of boredom punctuated by periods of terror. Similarly, a spacecraft in transit to a distant target remains largely dormant, but for periodic heightened activity required for maintenance and staying on course. Aircraft and spacecraft are complex systems of systems that must seamlessly work together, switching control through … Continue reading Two Cyclone engineers receive NSF grant to create a smarter aircraft and spacecraft
Surgeons and other medical professionals can develop musculoskeletal problems because of the excessive amount of time they spend on their feet and the awkward postures that they assume during their work tasks. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) aim to better understand these issues so they can be … Continue reading Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals
In times of natural disaster or emergency, the Iowa Army National Guard strives to maintain a rapid response time. In such times, access to flexible, mobile power sources is crucial. In order to provide this power, the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University has received a $172,000 grant from the Iowa Economic … Continue reading ISU EPRC assists with development of solar power crate to transform disaster response
While COVID-19 has slowed the progress of Iowa State University’s solar car team, they are not letting it stop them completely. Since returning to campus at the start of the semester, members of Team PrISUm have been working on their newest model. Much like anything else on campus and beyond, this contagious virus has affected … Continue reading Team PrISUm keeps truckin’
Within a year, Evan Hundley (’19 indust engr) went from sitting in an Iowa State classroom to working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic on HNI’s rapid response team. She accepted a position at HNI immediately following graduation in their early career development program.
With the start of the college football season upon us, we hear from two #CycloneEngineers who collaborated with equipment managers for Iowa State University to create an inexpensive way to modify the team’s helmets to be functional for the players, while also reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. The “Cyclone Shield” has made Iowa State’s … Continue reading Cyclone Shields
One of only two Iowa State researchers named to honor It’s all about reliability and predictability of systems with Kristin-Yvonne Rozier’s Laboratory for Temporal Logic. Her work with advanced automated reasoning techniques – algorithms and tools that filter what we want vs. what we don’t want, that can apply to things like security systems and … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Rozier receives Black and Veatch Building a World of Difference in Engineering Fellowship
Paiton Pumroy, incoming freshman, checks a Facebook group chat. A prompt is waiting for her in the APEX-E group, connecting her with dozens of other students, professors and mentors within the program. A prompt such as sharing your favorite food along with the recipe, or what look you decided to go with today, whether it … Continue reading APEX-E still gives incoming students opportunity to connect through virtual programs
As a collegian, Tina Akinyi remembers often being the only student of color in her classes and the sense of isolation she felt because of it. Now in her professional capacity, she hopes to remove that sense of isolation for future students by bringing more people of color and other disenfranchised students into higher education. … Continue reading Engineering alum strives to make college more accessible for disenfranchised students
From fuel-efficient snowmobile engines to the electric motors in the Tesla Model Y, mechanical engineering student Katie Lyon has a passion for environmentally friendly vehicles. Lyon grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and as a child loved playing with Legos, Lincoln Logs and other toys that allowed her to combine her creativity with her analytic skills. … Continue reading Driven by a passion to engineer vehicles of the future
Longtime industrial engineering chair Joseph Walkup (1942-1973) always said, “Engineers can do anything.” For industrial engineering alum Kim Ditter, that “anything” happened to be a career in marketing. Ditter grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and because of her strengths in math, her mother encouraged her to pursue a technical field. Ditter was exposed to … Continue reading Engineering a career in marketing
Over 1,000 miles away, Cyclone Engineering alum Kathy Engholm (‘80 elec engr) found herself putting her engineering skills to the test to sew masks for frontline workers in New Mexico.