College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

IE student pursues degree to honor her late father

An industrial engineering (IE) student wants to honor her late father by following in his footsteps and graduating from Iowa State. Lydia Dawson, a junior in IE, grew up in Urbandale and remembers watching Cyclone football games with her father, Tim Dawson. This was her earliest exposure to Iowa State University and because of it …Continue reading “IE student pursues degree to honor her late father”

ME researcher examines mechanical behavior of cells

An upcoming research project by a mechanical engineering faculty member will study the dynamic mechanical behavior of live cells which might someday be used to help treat cancer. Juan Ren, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ren was one of three ME researchers at …Continue reading “ME researcher examines mechanical behavior of cells”

ME staff and faculty participate in No-Shave November

More than a dozen faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering participated in this year’s No-Shave November. No-Shave November is “a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” National organizations participating in this year’s campaign include the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, …Continue reading “ME staff and faculty participate in No-Shave November”

Research discovery helps cancer prevention

Prostate Cancer (PC) is the second most common cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide. The worldwide PC burden is expected to grow to 1.7 million new cases and 499 000 new deaths by 2030. ECpE’s Dr. Long Que and his laboratory have created a chip that may help combat …Continue reading “Research discovery helps cancer prevention”

Developing polymer drugs for cancer treatment

Through research on drug delivery systems, Kaitlin Bratlie, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, is working on a way to treat cancers that don’t respond well to current treatments. Her project has been underway for just a year and is several years away from clinical trials, …Continue reading “Developing polymer drugs for cancer treatment”

Iowa State University recipient of Carver Trust Grants

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine has provided a pair of grants to Iowa State University totaling over $500,000. Ian Schneider, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, was awarded a $308,200 grant from the Carver Trust to research engineering complex environments for probing mechanisms of cell migration. Schneider is engineering tunable environments …Continue reading “Iowa State University recipient of Carver Trust Grants”

Advancing ultrasound technology

Combining his interests in the medical and engineering fields, Grant Riesberg, sophomore in electrical engineering, is gaining valuable industry insights as an undergraduate research assistant. Riesberg is working with Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Timothy Bigelow to advance the technology and application of ultrasound therapy. Bigelow’s method of treating cancer through ultrasound therapy …Continue reading “Advancing ultrasound technology”