Category: Women in Engineering

Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

Researchers at Iowa State University are combining their industrial engineering and data analytics knowledge with the medical expertise of researchers at the University of Iowa for a project that could understand the progression of HIV and eventually improve treatment of the virus. Hillel Haim, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, … Continue reading Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) assistant professor and Jack R. and Carol A. Johnson Faculty Fellow Nigel Reuel and two of his now-graduated students have been spotlighted by Iowa State’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). Reuel, recent department Ph.D. graduate Sadaf Charkhabi, recent B.S. graduate Andee Beierle (who was an … Continue reading Nigel Reuel research group featured in look at ISU I-Corps program

Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) associate professor and Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow Zengyi Shao has been named the recipient of the 2021 Iowa State University Bailey Research Career Development award. The award, administered by the university’s Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR), is given each year to faculty whose work is high-risk, … Continue reading Bailey Research Career Development award for Shao’s mitochondrial DNA study

AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition

Three minutes well spent has netted Department of Aerospace Engineering graduate student Ramya Srinivasan the People’s Choice Award in Iowa State University’s 3-Minute Thesis final competition. Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates research conducted by master’s or Ph.D. students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland, the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research … Continue reading AerE grad student Srinivasan takes People’s Choice Award in 3-Minute Thesis competition

Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy. The CyBot platform is an embedded … Continue reading Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

ME grad student recognized at international conference

Emily Johnson, a mechanical engineering graduate student, recently received the Best Presentation Award for Junior Female Researchers at the 14th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM) and ECCOMAS Congress 2020 virtual conference. Elsevier and the Female Researchers Chapter of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM-FRC) supported this merit-based award to highlight the work of … Continue reading ME grad student recognized at international conference

Advancing rocket science with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab

Sometimes people joke that “it’s not rocket science” when referring to a non-technical matter. For one of mechanical engineering’s junior faculty members, her summer research experience with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab was in fact rocket science. Sarah Bentil, William March Scholar in Mechanical Engineering and assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), spent 12 … Continue reading Advancing rocket science with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab

MSE honors three with departmental Research Excellence Awards

Three graduate students and recent graduates in the Iowa State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) have received departmental MSE Research Excellence Awards: Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, Emily Olson and Pratyasha Mohapatra. Trishelle Copeland-Johnson Copeland-Johnson, who recently received her Ph.D. from Iowa State in the fall 2020 semester, worked with MSE Professor Nicola Bowler. “My … Continue reading MSE honors three with departmental Research Excellence Awards

Iowa State University, Vermeer Corporation team up to study machine wear and tear

Issues caused by wear and tear on rotating machinery could be easier to detect and predict because of a research partnership between Iowa State University and Vermeer Corporation. Vermeer Corporation is the manufacturer of iconic yellow iron seen on industrial jobsites and farm fields worldwide. The team has manufacturing facilities and regional offices around the … Continue reading Iowa State University, Vermeer Corporation team up to study machine wear and tear

IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition

Industrial engineering (IE) graduate student Saba Moeinizade did not know what to expect when the student poster competition for the INFORMS annual meeting was made virtual. She certainly was not expecting a podium finish, so she was pleasantly surprised when the judges awarded second place to her entry. Her presentation – “A Simulation-based Optimization Approach … Continue reading IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

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