While many college students gain first-hand engineering experience through internships and co-ops, Ryan Williams was gaining this experience before he even stepped foot on campus. Williams served as an aviation structural mechanic for the U.S. Navy after high school which taught him how hydraulic systems and flight control components work together to put an aircraft …Continue reading “Naval experience paved the way for ME alum”
∗Article co-authored by Joe Boldrey On April 12th, the ISU Magnetics Research Group (MRG) collaborated with the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) to give a series of presentations designed to inspire grade school students to follow a path into the STEM fields. The outreach program was funded by a grant from the American Physical Society …Continue reading “Presentations inspire students to follow STEM careers”
Deep in the basement of the agricultural and biosystems engineering building at Iowa State University, a tiny laser pings back and forth from the guts of a gargantuan 3-D printer, striking a thin layer of metal dust on a metal plate at precisely the right spots. Within seconds, the outline of a pair of scissors …Continue reading “The magic of 3-D metal printing”
The College of Design, in partnership with the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, share a 3D printer that is revolutionizing the way students design products. The $170,000 printer is located in Howe Hall and uses an additive process to print products, meaning as it prints projects, it adds materials to create the product.
Imagine seeing live, three-dimensional video of rapid phenomenon like a beating heart. Then, imagine being able to use that data to evaluate disease or even perform surgery. A sensing technology with this sort of capability would need to be fast, and it would need to be precise. And if it is both of those things, …Continue reading “Zhang looks to develop a platform 3D sensing technology”
Two researchers with engineering ties have received a 2010 R&D 100 Award for developing osgBullet, a software package that creates 3-D, real-time computer simulations that can help engineers design complex systems ranging from next-generation power plants to highly efficient cars and tomorrow’s video games. Mark Bryden, program director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory’s …Continue reading “Iowa State, Ames Laboratory’s Bryden and McCorkle win R&D 100 Award”
‘Disruptive technology’ erupts on the scene at Iowa State as a small start-up moves into the medical marketplace—and beyond