Tag: Ames

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever … Continue reading From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

ME students poses in front of sign that says "NASA RESEARCH PARK" a giant model of a spaceship hangs at the top of the photo.

ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry

From New Jersey to Australia to Michigan to California and back to Ames, Sara Mayne has done a lot during her short time as a mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University. Mayne grew up in South New Jersey, east of Philadelphia. She was attracted to STEM at an early age because of her parents, … Continue reading ME student hopes NASA internship will propel her to career in aeronautic or automotive industry

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

ME alum Edgar Stanton helped to lead Iowa State through 1918 flu pandemic

More than a century ago, Iowa State’s campus grappled with a pandemic that it had never seen before. In August 1918, a Spanish flu outbreak hit at a time when the world was already engulfed in the final months the First World War. Even Ames, Iowa, saw the economic and cultural impact caused by both … Continue reading ME alum Edgar Stanton helped to lead Iowa State through 1918 flu pandemic

Generating power and leadership

Armed with a fresh bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, Cynthia Lord headed east, joining Consolidated Edison of New York as a rotational engineer, where she worked with aspects of engineering and operations as well as marketing and finance. An early internship with Iowa Power and Light piqued her interest in the electric generation industry, … Continue reading Generating power and leadership

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

ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Learning about engineering in another country is an effective way to become a better-rounded engineer, according to one student. Tim Dorn, a junior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring 2019 semester and his summer studying abroad at Hochschule Mannheim in southwest Germany. He said that through this experience he noticed the differences in the cultures … Continue reading ME student learns engineering from a German perspective