College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers study advanced manufacturing methods in zero-gravity

A team of engineering researchers at Iowa State University is studying the most effective ways for manufacturing materials in outer space, with the hope that astronauts can use these methods while on space missions.

Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing

A team of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University have developed what they hope can become a new, more efficient method for 3D printing of complex CAD models. Adarsh Krishnamurthy, associate professor of mechanical engineering (ME), is leading the effort with support from ME students Sambit Ghadai and Anushrut Jignasu. The findings from their …Continue reading “Mechanical engineering researchers develop new approach for additive manufacturing”

Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

Even though the Cyclones and Hawkeyes often duke it out on the field, court and mat, researchers from the two universities have come together to collaborate on a Department of Defense-funded project. The project, titled “3D-Printed, Hierarchical Polymer-Bonded Energetic Composites with Electromagnetically Switchable Porosity,” is being led by principal investigator (PI) Xuan “Sean” Song, assistant …Continue reading “Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project”

Iowa State University, John Deere collaboration advances research in hybrid manufacturing

Advancements are being made within the field of hybrid manufacturing because of a research collaboration between Iowa State University and John Deere. Matt Frank, a professor in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has spent the past year working alongside researchers in John Deere’s Advanced Technology and Engineering group as part of a professional development assignment, …Continue reading “Iowa State University, John Deere collaboration advances research in hybrid manufacturing”

Mechanical engineers fire up 3D printers, round up supplies to make face shields for Iowa hospitals

Caroline Hayes was in her office for more virtual meetings. But the chair of Iowa State University’s department of mechanical engineering said she really wanted to be back in the lab. For the past two weeks, Hayes, department staffers and a few students still in town have been 3D printing and assembling face shields for …Continue reading “Mechanical engineers fire up 3D printers, round up supplies to make face shields for Iowa hospitals”

Cyclone Engineers develop alternative cooling materials

Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the University of Maryland, and the Colorado School of Mines collaborated on a paper researching a solid-state alternative that can be used to replace vapor-compression cooling technology, making an environmentally friendly material resistant to wear over time.

New project will explore manufacturing in space

A mechanical engineering professor will establish a new research program to study ways for manufacturing polymer-based structures in space for space applications with the help of a new grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Reza Montazami, associate professor in mechanical engineering (ME), received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for a project titled …Continue reading “New project will explore manufacturing in space”

Q&A with IMSE assistant professor Hantang Qin

Hantang Qin joined the IMSE faculty at Iowa State in fall 2017 after completing his PhD in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Qin recently sat down with us to discuss his background, his current research, his hobbies and everything in between.   Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you originally …Continue reading “Q&A with IMSE assistant professor Hantang Qin”

IE students present research at the statehouse

A group of industrial engineering students recently traveled to Des Moines to present their research to lawmakers, media members, and other members of the public at the capitol. Undergraduate research assistants from industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) assistant professor Hantang Qin’s Flexible Electronics and Additive Printing (FEAP) Lab visited the statehouse on April 3 …Continue reading “IE students present research at the statehouse”

Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training

A mechanical engineering faculty member recently received certification as a trainer in additive manufacturing. ME senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba completed a certification program offered by Stratasys, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. The certification program is part of Stratasys’s effort to enhance workforce development and bridge the industry skill gap in 3D printing …Continue reading “Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training”

ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space

ME assistant professor Jaime Juárez recently received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium’s Early Career Investigator Research Program to study materials than can effectively be manufactured on a 3D printer in outer space. Juárez’s research project – Acoustically-Mediated Multi-Material 3D Printing for Polymer-Microparticle Composites – aims to “develop an acoustic-based 3D printing platform as …Continue reading “ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space”

ME grad student receives two awards

Mechanical engineering graduate student Hossein Taheri recently received two awards in his field of research. Taheri, a PhD candidate, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) student grant for the POWDERMET2018 and AMPM2018 conferences as well as the R. Bruce Thompson Graduate Fellowship award from ISU’s Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). The NSF student grant will provide Taheri funding …Continue reading “ME grad student receives two awards”

Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding

Two startups from cohort one, Sep-All and SAFI-Tech, are led by Dr. Martin Thuo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Sep-All is co-founded by Christophe Frankiewicz, and SAFI-Tech is co-founded by Ian Tevis. Both Frankiewicz and Tevis are Affiliate Assistant Professors in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Six Ames-Based …Continue reading “Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding”

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