Tag: COVID-19

ME’s Suresh to serve as Graduate College student marshal for Spring 2021

Vignesh Suresh has racked up a handful of awards and honors during his time at Iowa State, and he’ll have at least one more to his name when he walks across the commencement stage later this semester. Suresh, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering (ME) and human-computer interaction, has been named a student marshal for … Continue reading ME’s Suresh to serve as Graduate College student marshal for Spring 2021

ME advisors develop platform for students to interact virtually

Iowa State University’s mechanical engineering advising team has developed a virtual space that they hope will serve as a way for students to connect with one another during an era of social distancing and remote learning. Mindy Heggen, mechanical engineering (ME) academic advisor, came up with the idea of creating a group using Microsoft Teams, … Continue reading ME advisors develop platform for students to interact virtually

IE course challenges students to consider COVID-19 when modeling and simulating

I E 413: Stochastic Modeling, Analysis and Simulation had a new twist this semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I E 413 is part of the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) department’s operations research curriculum and the course focuses on modeling uncertainty, covering the basic concepts of stochastic processes, queueing theory and discrete-event simulation. … Continue reading IE course challenges students to consider COVID-19 when modeling and simulating

Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design

A team of Iowa State University industrial engineering students took first place in a national contest which showcased their ingenuity in the time of COVID-19. The Iowa State team bested the field in the Data Analytics and Information Systems division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Mobile/Web App Competition. The contest recognizes … Continue reading Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design

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Cyclone Engineer Balaji Narasimhan, ISU Nanovaccine Institute awarded $2 million CARES Act grant to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

The state of Iowa has designated $2 million in federal CARES Act funding to support university research and development of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. Researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, led by Balaji Narasimhan, director of the Nanovaccine Institute, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering, will work together on a nanovaccine they expect will be needle-free, single-dose and won’t require refrigeration.

IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge

A team of 14 faculty and staff members from Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) collectively logged enough miles to walk from Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado – and passing through five other national parks on the trip – during … Continue reading IMSE faculty and staff log 1735 miles during 2020 Next Step Challenge

Courtney Middelkoop wears her gymnastics uniform which is black on the bottom and maroon on the top. Courtney is smiling with her hands over her head. Her teams and cheerleaders cheer her on in the background inside Hilton Coliseum.

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and … Continue reading An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Two mechanical engineering undergraduate students sit at a desk and work on their computers. Both students are wearing face masks as part of COVID-19 protocol. A sign that reads "LEAVE IMPOSSIBLE AT THE DOOR" can be seen in the background of the shot.

Creating a safe environment for in-person mechanical engineering classes

When Iowa State University was given the go-ahead to open up for fall classes, faculty, staff and student technicians in the mechanical engineering department quickly made every effort to prepare lesson plans, classrooms, labs and other spaces to be as safe as possible so students can get the hands-on engineering education Iowa State is known … Continue reading Creating a safe environment for in-person mechanical engineering classes

ME graduate student Emmanuel Tetteh poses outside of Black Engineering Building

Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Surgeons and other medical professionals can develop musculoskeletal problems because of the excessive amount of time they spend on their feet and the awkward postures that they assume during their work tasks. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) aim to better understand these issues so they can be … Continue reading Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Team PrISUm keeps truckin’

While COVID-19 has slowed the progress of Iowa State University’s solar car team, they are not letting it stop them completely. Since returning to campus at the start of the semester, members of Team PrISUm have been working on their newest model. Much like anything else on campus and beyond, this contagious virus has affected … Continue reading Team PrISUm keeps truckin’

A white football helmet with the I-State athletic logo in red and yellow on the side

Cyclone Shields

With the start of the college football season upon us, we hear from two #CycloneEngineers who collaborated with equipment managers for Iowa State University to create an inexpensive way to modify the team’s helmets to be functional for the players, while also reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. The “Cyclone Shield” has made Iowa State’s … Continue reading Cyclone Shields

A white football helmet with the I-State athletic logo in red and yellow on the side

Engineers modify football helmet to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Click here for design plans and other info for how your team can create these plastic helmet inserts With the start of the college football season fast approaching, equipment managers for Iowa State University were searching for a way to modify the team’s helmets so they would be functional for the players, while also reducing … Continue reading Engineers modify football helmet to reduce the spread of COVID-19