Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian spelled out a major goal of his work on the title page of a conference presentation: “Revolutionizing Science through Simulation.” Baskar, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and the researchers in his group are serious about that. They’re confident they have developed the tools and the methods to mathematically and computationally simulate problems across … Continue reading Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

Eleven College of Engineering faculty and staff were among those honored during Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony, held Sept. 22, 2014. Mufit Akinc, professor of materials science and engineering: Regents Faculty Excellence Award, Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award Tonia McCarley, assistant director of Center for Biorenewable Chemicals: Regents Award for Staff Excellence Vikram Dalal, … Continue reading College of Engineering faculty and staff recognized with university’s most distinguished awards

First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

As a first-generation college student, Kahni Pr’Out says both she and her parents always knew she would go on to pursue a higher degree. Now in the midst of her Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering, she’s getting ready to start a job in industry. After completing her undergraduate degree in math at Savannah State University … Continue reading First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

ME professor’s research featured on National Science Foundation homepage

The research about an innovative new way to engineer fluid stream flow done by Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his team of researchers is currently featured on the homepage of the National Science Foundation website. The team also published an article about their research in the journal Nature Communications earlier this year. The NSF … Continue reading ME professor’s research featured on National Science Foundation homepage

Engineering Fluid Flow Using Sequenced Microstructures

ME professor and graduate assistant discover new way to manipulate fluid stream flow

Two Iowa State researchers teamed up with researchers from UCLA and Princeton University to create an innovative way to engineer the flow of fluid streams, which is important in biological processing, controlling chemical reactions and creating structured materials. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Yu Xie, research graduate assistant in mechanical engineering, recently … Continue reading ME professor and graduate assistant discover new way to manipulate fluid stream flow

A computational approach to improving organic solar cells

Integrating computational thinking with experimental analysis in renewable energy research, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is focused on designing better organic solar cells. The computational tools he is developing will help classify and characterize the way the plastic thin film cells respond to different conditions and configurations. He explains that doing this work … Continue reading A computational approach to improving organic solar cells

From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights

Three Iowa State University engineers—one drawing on hands-on experience and the others applying theory, mathematics, and computational modeling—offer a detailed look into how the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have begun, and how planners can prepare to minimize the effects of any future spills. Watch the video. Cement expert questions judgment, … Continue reading From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights