College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

MSE Ph.D. grad earns Zaffarano Prize honorable mention

Zhongming Fan (’19 Ph.D. mat sci engr) earned an honorable mention for the Zaffarano Prize. The Zaffarano Prize is awarded annually to graduate students showing exceptional performance in publishing research in academic journals. Selection is based on both the quality and quantity of their publications.

Xiaoli Tan named Fellow of American Ceramic Society

Xiaoli Tan, professor of materials science and engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Tan was one of only twenty-three members of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) to receive the Fellow designation this year.

We’ve got you covered: Engineering faculty and staff design and sew masks for colleagues and community

Engineering faculty and staff work every day towards improving the lives of others and, even in these unprecedented circumstances, their urge to help continues on.

Flexible, stretchy, conductive: New class of liquid metal soft composites for wearable electronics

A team led by Iowa State University’s Michael Bartlett has created a new composite, called a liquid metal programmed elastomer (LMPE), where liquid metal can be loaded up to 70% in precise, programmable patterns throughout the material.

Dohgyu Hwang receives two awards for materials engineering research

Dohgyu Hwang, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering, is the recipient of an Iowa State University Research Excellence Award and a Brown Fellowship. 

An interdisciplinary path to plant root research

No day is “just a normal day” in Ludovico Cademartiri’s research group. Not when there are so many questions to answer about crop plants using a convergence of materials science and engineering, genetics, predictive phenomics and chemical engineering. “We are working on many exploratory projects, including answering some fundamental questions about plant communication and challenging …Continue reading “An interdisciplinary path to plant root research”

Q&A with Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering Trishelle Copeland-Johnson

Trishelle Copeland-Johnson is a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering (MSE). She is currently researching the explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in 2011, and she recently was awarded the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Fellowship.

Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses

A research team consisting of four scientists: Nikolai A. Zarkevich, researcher with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory; Hao Chen, an Aerospace Engineering graduate student; Valery Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor in Aerospace Engineering; and Duane D. Johnson, F. Wendell Miller Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has …Continue reading “Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses”

AerE seminar guest to discuss pipeline break at Japanese power plant

Dr. Nobuyuki Fujisawa, who has devoted significant research to a disastrous pipeline break at a Japanese nuclear power facility, will speak on the subject as a Department of Aerospace Engineering seminar guest. Fujisawa, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Niigata University, Japan, will present “Pipeline Break Mechanism in Mihama Power Plant Caused …Continue reading “AerE seminar guest to discuss pipeline break at Japanese power plant”

Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award

Dr. Valery Levitas, Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and faculty scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Lab, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Khan International Award, also known as the Khan Plasticity Award. Levitas was noted for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 24 …Continue reading “Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award”

Q & A with Jiahao Chen, a Molecular Electronics Researcher

Tell us about yourself and your background. I am originally from the east coast of China near Shanghai. In 2012, I earned my undergraduate degree in materials science with a specialty in ceramics from Tongji University in Shanghai. Later that year, I came to Iowa State University and started working with Professor Kristen Constant. Under …Continue reading “Q & A with Jiahao Chen, a Molecular Electronics Researcher”

Welcome Back: Richard LeSar is the Interim Chair of MSE

Richard LeSar is no stranger to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering or to the role as department chair. His past experience opened the door to a short-term opportunity to lead the department as interim chair until the next full-time chair is hired. The former chair, Kristen Constant, resigned to become the interim vice …Continue reading “Welcome Back: Richard LeSar is the Interim Chair of MSE”

Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding

Two startups from cohort one, Sep-All and SAFI-Tech, are led by Dr. Martin Thuo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Sep-All is co-founded by Christophe Frankiewicz, and SAFI-Tech is co-founded by Ian Tevis. Both Frankiewicz and Tevis are Affiliate Assistant Professors in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Six Ames-Based …Continue reading “Two MSE and ISU Startup Factory Companies Receive IEDA Innovation Funding”

Not Your Average Summer Experience: A Route 66 Adventure in a 1930 Model A Ford

Who could pass up traveling the historic Route 66 in a 1930 Model A Ford? Not Christopher Gillis. He wanted a summer experience that the typical student usually does not take. He wanted adventure, but he wanted it in an old-fashioned way. While most students were completing internships and work experience, Gillis was traveling the …Continue reading “Not Your Average Summer Experience: A Route 66 Adventure in a 1930 Model A Ford”

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