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.

Nanosurfactant discoveries appear in Nano Letters

Shan Jiang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and his team had research published in Nano Letters, a high-impact journal published by the American Chemical Society. The research is centered around the activation and creation of “Plasmonic-Magnetic Nanosurfactants for Encapsulation and Triggered Release.” The team behind the research includes postdoctoral research associates Fei Liu; …Continue reading “Nanosurfactant discoveries appear in Nano Letters”

IE student notches her 11th intramural championship

It’s been a busy year and a half for one industrial engineering student and she may not be done yet. Sharon Lau, a Ph.D. student in industrial engineering, recently won her 11th intramural championship as a student at Iowa State University. Lau, who first came to Iowa State in August 2017, now has four titles …Continue reading “IE student notches her 11th intramural championship”

Q&A with ME Professor Xinwei Wang on New NSF grant to manufacture novel graphene aerogel-based photon sensors

Explain to us what you are examining for this recent NSF grant you received. This project is to design and manufacture micro-size bolometers that are based on graphene aerogel (GP). GP is a very light material, whose density can be much less than that of air. GP has a very low thermal conductivity, is flexible, …Continue reading “Q&A with ME Professor Xinwei Wang on New NSF grant to manufacture novel graphene aerogel-based photon sensors”

IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

With background in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering, Yiliang (Leon) Liao brings a unique and diverse skillset to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). Liao joined IMSE as an associate professor for fall 2020. Prior to coming to Ames, he served as an assistant professor of …Continue reading “IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department”

Big research advancements at the nano-scale

A strong foundation at Iowa State University has helped to set up a mechanical engineering alum for success at his next adventure as a researcher at Northwestern University. Bowei Zhang grew up in Jingshan, a city in central China. He attended Wuhan University of Science and Technology where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in …Continue reading “Big research advancements at the nano-scale”

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”

Govindarasu, Mirka receive top faculty promotions

Two Cyclone Engineers have received top faculty promotions, recognizing outstanding excellence in teaching, research, service and professional practice. Manimaran Govindarasu has been named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor. Gary Mirka has been named University Professor.

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”

Iowa State’s Clean Snowmobile Team gearing up for 2020 competition

Snow blankets campus as Iowa State’s Clean Snowmobile Team works in the Advanced Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (AMSL) to engineer the quietest, lowest emission, flex-fuel capable snowmobile. As they make plans and integrate newly designed parts, the Clean Snowmobile team members’ eyes are on the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, an international, six-day competition in Michigan from …Continue reading “Iowa State’s Clean Snowmobile Team gearing up for 2020 competition”

John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

John Billings Slater was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 10, 1921. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1938 and the following year graduated from Lane Tech High School. He then made the more than 300-mile trek west to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State College (as it was then called). As a …Continue reading “John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more”

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”

ME professor contributes to polydisperse multiphase flow research at Parisian university

One mechanical engineering professor is advancing his research by studying halfway across the globe. Alberto Passalacqua, an associate professor of mechanical engineering with a courtesy appointment in chemical and biological engineering, is conducting research that can be used to better understand the effect that tiny particles (<10 micrometers) produced by car emissions, known as soot, …Continue reading “ME professor contributes to polydisperse multiphase flow research at Parisian university”

Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy

Peter Collins, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected to be a collaborator in a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program for the United States Navy. The team of collaborators will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy. The …Continue reading “Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy”

Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

An Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) faculty member has been named to Iowa State’s newest endowed professorship. Frank Peters, an associate professor in IMSE, was named to the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering during a medallion ceremony on March 21. The professorship was made possible …Continue reading “Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering”

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