College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers making a better, more profitable grid for distributing solar power

Zhaoyu Wang’s research specialty is working to modernize electric grids for better, more reliable energy flow. The latest project he’s leading, in fact, is called “MODERNISE,” for “Modernizing Operation and Decision-Making Tools Enabling Resource Management in Stochastic Environment.”

Combating Corrosion with 3D-Printed Biofilm

It is an industry-standard practice to rid structures of these microorganisms with chemicals to slow corrosion progression, often coming with high costs and risks to human and environmental health. However, what Associate Professor Kaoru Ikuma and her researchers found is that other microorganisms, or even the same ones, could actually inhibit corrosion.

Lin Zhou explores the atomic realm at the Sensitive Instrument Facility

The Sensitive Instrument Facility (SIF), a part of Ames National Laboratory, boasts two-feet thick concrete floors with built-in vibration-dampening layers, aluminum-plate lined bays, and fiberglass reinforced concrete for electro-magnetic isolation and vibration-free heating and ventilation. These features help ensure that state-of-the-art instrumentation housed in the SIF achieves the most accurate results.

Hongwei Zhang awarded Willard and Leitha Richardson Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Zhang is a leader in the research of wireless networks. He is the director of the Center for Wireless, Communities and Innovation (WiCI) as well as the principal investigator for ARA, a first-of-its-kind wireless living lab to connect rural communities and industries.

From uncertain to passionate, Erik DeMeyere found his path in materials engineering

“I was really struggling with what path I wanted to take. I enjoyed physics and chemistry in high school but knew I didn’t want to be a chemist or physicist,” DeMeyere said. “And then I saw materials engineering listed, which, at the time, I didn’t even know existed. After doing some research, I realized I had been interested in materials science all along.”

Meng Lu member of team that won 2024 Bailey Award to support exploration into antimicrobial resistance

Iowa State University’s 2024 Bailey Research Career Development award has been granted to a team of Cyclone scholars with plans to address increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance by transforming predatory viruses into an antibiotic substitute.

“Spirit of innovation” helps lift Jean-Philippe Tessonnier to National Academy of Inventors

Jean-Philippe Tessonnier, Richard C. Seagrave Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been named a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Cyclone Engineers selected to lead $12-million Dept. of Energy project to build rural Iowa’s first ‘microgrid’

The $11.9 million investment would provide Montezuma with a microgrid, a small-scale electricity network that can operate as an independent system or can be connected to the larger grid.