College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

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.

MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency

When the Iowa Army National Guard was looking for ways to improve the environmental sustainability of their facilities, they called upon the expertise of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University. Song-Charng Kong, mechanical engineering (ME) professor at Iowa State, led the effort. Former graduate student Benjamin Robertson, who completed his M.S. in ME in …Continue reading “MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency”

Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

Even though the Cyclones and Hawkeyes often duke it out on the field, court and mat, researchers from the two universities have come together to collaborate on a Department of Defense-funded project. The project, titled “3D-Printed, Hierarchical Polymer-Bonded Energetic Composites with Electromagnetically Switchable Porosity,” is being led by principal investigator (PI) Xuan “Sean” Song, assistant …Continue reading “Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project”

ME professor to study film thickness with defense department grant

A mechanical engineering professor has received funding from the Department of Defense to study film thickness using Raman spectroscopy. The Defense MicroElectronics Activity division of the Department of Defense awarded ME professor Xinwei Wang a $315,000 grant to develop a new technology that can measure film thickness at the nanometer (nm) level. “There could be …Continue reading “ME professor to study film thickness with defense department grant”

Cyclone Engineering alum Marlin Fischer: From Iowa State to Tinseltown

When Marlin Fischer (indust engr ’80) graduated from Iowa State, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, his adventure didn’t stop there. He was headed for the bright lights of show business.

IMSE’s MacKenzie creates Hurricane Decision Simulator to assist Marines with decision making

The U.S. Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) is headquartered in New Orleans, LA, which is an area prone to hurricanes. During the event of a hurricane warning, the commander must make timely decisions to protect the safety of the personnel and set up alternate headquarters in order to facilitate an orderly evacuation. An assistant professor from …Continue reading “IMSE’s MacKenzie creates Hurricane Decision Simulator to assist Marines with decision making”

ME’s Lee sees potential for research collaboration at Iowa State

For Jonghyun Lee, it was the potential for research collaboration that attracted him to Ames. “I don’t think I could find a better place for success in my career and that’s why I chose Iowa State,” he said. Lee was recently hired as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He hopes to not only collaborate …Continue reading “ME’s Lee sees potential for research collaboration at Iowa State”

Mechanical engineering researchers receive 3-year, $360K grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $360,485 grant to two Iowa State University mechanical engineering professors. The funding will support a project entitled “REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site: Research and Education in Multiscale Sensing and Imaging” led by Pranav Shrotriya and Sriram Sundararajan. Funding for the project begins on Sept. 1, 2016 and will …Continue reading “Mechanical engineering researchers receive 3-year, $360K grant”

Jerry Allen: Building a successful career off the foundations he learned at Iowa State

Jerry Allen, a 1955 Iowa State University graduate, has led a life full of twists and turns, but through it all he found a way to make the most of things.

Iowa State engineer helps Army Lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines

The compression-ignition, internal-combustion engine goes all the way back to the 1890s and the work of one Rudolf Diesel. All these decades later, engineers have developed advanced diesels featuring higher pressures, lighter parts, cleaner emissions and better efficiencies. Turbo diesels have even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. So, engineers have it all figured out? …Continue reading “Iowa State engineer helps Army Lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines”

ISU industrial engineers will help new public-private lab design the future

Three industrial engineering departments are partners in a new digital manufacturing and design innovation national institute, and Janis Terpenny couldn’t be more pleased. Terpenny, the Joseph Walkup Professor and Department Chair of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, is the technical lead for the advanced manufacturing enterprise area in the newly awarded …Continue reading “ISU industrial engineers will help new public-private lab design the future”

Iowa State engineers use keyboard, mouse and mobile device ‘fingerprints’ to protect data

We’ve all typed in a password to access a computer network. But how secure is that? Passwords can be hacked or hijacked to get at sensitive personal, corporate or even national security data. That reality has Iowa State engineers looking for methods beyond passwords to verify computer users and protect data. They started by tracking …Continue reading “Iowa State engineers use keyboard, mouse and mobile device ‘fingerprints’ to protect data”

Department of Defense, Iowa State University help Iowa businesses land government contracts

$435,000 contract renewal supports job growth, economic development Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has received a $435,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to support Iowa businesses through the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). PTAP, funded in part by the DOD through the Defense …Continue reading “Department of Defense, Iowa State University help Iowa businesses land government contracts”

CBE professor and chair awarded $4 million grant for nerve repair research

Surya Mallapragada, professor and chair of chemical and biological engineering, has received a research award from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for over $4 million. The award will support the project “Integrated Neuroprotective and Neuroregenerative Strategies,” which investigates nerve damage and brain injury recovery. Throughout the course of the research, she will …Continue reading “CBE professor and chair awarded $4 million grant for nerve repair research”

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