College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Serving his country by teaching armed service members

Ben McFarland was inspired by the good teachers he had as a student at Iowa State University and now he’s looking to pay it forward in his capacity as a college instructor. McFarland grew up in Nevada, Iowa and developed an interest in STEM at an early age because of his father, Pat, who worked …Continue reading “Serving his country by teaching armed service members”

Engineering a career in marketing

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”

Secor brings family history and expertise in aerosol jet printing to Iowa State

Ethan Secor’s family has a long history with Iowa State. This includes his grandfather, Gerald Secor (B.S. ‘48), along with 15 living ISU alumni, and extends back over a century. Secor will continue this family tradition when he joins the ME faculty as an assistant professor in fall 2020. Secor grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, …Continue reading “Secor brings family history and expertise in aerosol jet printing to Iowa State”

ME research project aims to improve manufacturing processes using acoustic fields

A project by a mechanical engineering researcher could improve manufacturing processes for agriculture equipment companies in Iowa and beyond. Jaime J. Juárez, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), and his research team have been studying ways that composites can be modified to create a stronger, more durable end product. Their research was the cover …Continue reading “ME research project aims to improve manufacturing processes using acoustic fields”

Cyclone engineering build team creates innovative disaster relief container for 3M challenge

Iowa State University engineering students have developed a new, practical and cost-effective way to drop medical supplies into a disaster area as part of the inaugural 3M Disruptive Design Challenge last week at 3M headquarters. Their air-drop container survived a 150-foot fall and water submersion, and was successfully repurposed as a stretcher.

Jiang receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Shan Jiang is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He was recently awarded a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. There were 21 recipients out of more than 100 high-quality nominations from over 60 academic institutions across the United States. He was the only Iowa State University award recipient this year. The …Continue reading “Jiang receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award”