The 2017 Cyclone Power Pullers hope to build on the success of previous years by refining concepts and components that worked well in past competitions. The team designed and built their quarter-scale tractor, called the ExCYter, from scratch this academic year.
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Four students who have spent time in Iowa State’s engineering programs have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The students are among 2,000 individuals receiving awards in 2016 out of 17,000 applicants. Two students, Trent Borman and Rachel Creighton, attended Iowa State University as undergraduates and are now doing graduate … Continue reading Iowa State students, alumni chosen for National Science Foundation fellowships
The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University has announced the teams that will be a part of their first summer “CYstarters” program. The program, which takes place over 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29 at Iowa State, will allow teams access to between $6,000-$12,000 in funding, access to industry mentors, educational … Continue reading Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program
The CEO of Prince Manufacturing Corporation, George Sully, began his retirement on April 1. Sully graduated from Iowa State in 1972 with a B.S. in mechanic engineering. He had been working for Prince since 1980 and was originally hired to develop the corporation’s R&D laboratory. Sully will be succeeded by Dan Van Eldik. To read the full story … Continue reading Prince Manufacturing announces retirements
Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car team, unveiled two advances on April 21. The first was its 2016 version of the solar car which includes a new, more energy-efficient engine. The second advance was plans for a new vehicle in 2017 which will be a four-person, street-legal solar vehicle. The anticipated costs for the 2017 vehicle … Continue reading ISU team to build street-legal solar car
The Iowa State Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja team, “Cyclone Racing”, finished their first competition of the year with a first place win in endurance as well as second place in sales and sixth place overall. The competition, which took place from April 14-17 in Cookeville, Tennessee, included 77 national teams and 11 international teams. … Continue reading Iowa State SAE Baja team places first in endurance
Iowa State alumni sponsor students’ interest in engineering Dale and Jan Johnson knew quiet retirement wasn’t enough for them. For the past eight years, the couple has been investing in relationships with students and a future of engineering. The Johnsons, originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, moved to Mahtomedi, Minnesota, in 1962 after finishing their time at … Continue reading A scholarship with a purpose for all
Des Moines-based utility company MidAmerican Energy completed a $3.6 billion initiative on April 14 to get 85 percent of its energy from wind. The company, which serves 752,000 electrical customers, won’t need to increase customers’ energy costs mostly due to federal production tax credits. CEO Bill Fehrman says the company is hoping to deliver 100 … Continue reading MidAmerican Energy aims for 85% wind power
The recipients of the 2015-2016 Learning Community Exemplary Peer Mentor and Exemplary Peer Mentor Supervisor Awards were honored at the Learning Communities Peer Mentor Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The purpose of the exemplary peer mentor award is to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement by peer mentors working with learning community students. The … Continue reading 2015-2016 Learning Community Awards announced
Iowa State background leads junior professionals to selection for NASA leadership development program The Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success and Teamwork (FIRST) program at NASA takes young professionals with excellent technical skills and helps them to learn about themselves and their workplace to become better leaders. “At NASA, people are incredibly technically competent, but they … Continue reading Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program
With research on wind turbine blade optimization, the underlying mechanisms of neuroinflammation, the Native American Jingle Dress and Iowa’s care deserts, there will be much to discuss when 22 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines.
While the proposed Student Innovation Center promises excellent space and utilities for student organizations once it is completed, its construction plan is currently causing problems for the same organizations. The Student Innovation Center will be built on the plots where the Nuclear Engineering building and Old Sweeny currently stand, two building that are home to … Continue reading Student Innovation Center displaces student organizations
Mary Wickham has been named associate dean for operations and planning at the Iowa State University College of Engineering. Wickham spent 20 years in management and leadership positions at Caterpillar, Inc. before retiring in 2014. She joined Iowa State in 2015 as an adjunct associate professor in the department of aerospace engineering. She began her … Continue reading Mary Wickham named associate dean for Iowa State University College of Engineering
Sriram Sundararajan, a mechanical engineering professor at Iowa State, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The title of “Fellow” is only awarded to 2.5% of ASME members. ASME cited Sundararajan’s selection because he is “an outstanding researcher and dedicated mechanical engineering educator.” His research on tribology and surface engineering … Continue reading Sundararajan named ASME Fellow
ME assistant professor uses applied physics and aerospace background to develop spectroscopy methods for thermo-fluids systems Engineering has always been James Michael’s calling. The new mechanical engineering assistant professor says he knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to be an engineer. “Originally, I thought I wanted to be an astronaut, but most … Continue reading James Michael: Following his engineering dreams with energy and combustion research