College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Soft, porous microelectrodes to better understand TBI mechanisms

Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) Associate Professor and CoMFRE affiliate Nicole Hashemi has received over $600,000 grants from the Office of Naval Research and a $225,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research to better understand mechanisms of injury from mechanical forces in TBI.

Addressing Environmental Injustice with Pathogen Exposure Research after Floods

Throughout years of floods from natural disasters, research has mostly focused on the impact of dangerous bacteria that are released from municipalities or agricultural fields and swept along in floodwaters. But what happens to the pathogens (contaminants that cause disease) that were released and stick around when the flood waters are no longer there, and how does it impact the communities exposed?

CoMFRE Annual Meeting: Presentations and pitches

The Center for Multiphase Flow Research and Education hosted their annual meeting on October 26, 2021, marking another year of successful collaboration and discovery.

CoMFRE affiliates gave 11 presentations on member-supported research projects as well as federally-supported research – and students participated in a research pitch competition. Nearly 50 researchers, graduate students and industry partners attended the virtual event.

CoMFRE’s Ganapathysubramanian leads $20 million AI institute

CoMFRE affiliate Baskar Ganapathysubramanian leads a new five-year, $20 million AI institute that will accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, including harnessing multiphase flow phenomena for resilient ag. The NSF and USDA-NIFA-funded project brings together expertise of researchers at eight universities and organizations across the U.S., including CoMFRE’s Adarsh Krishnamurthy.

CoMFRE graduate student earns prestigious DoD SMART Scholarship

Justin Lajoie, a mechanical engineering graduate student working with Travis Sipple in multiphase flows, has received the Department of Defense, Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. The scholarship fully funds his education and allows him to focus on his research.