Tag: Department of Mechanical Engineering

MidAmerican Energy aims for 85% wind power

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

2015-2016 Learning Community Awards announced

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

Engineering alums complete prestigious NASA leadership program

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

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 29

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.

Student Innovation Center displaces student organizations

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 named associate dean for Iowa State University College of Engineering

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

Sundararajan named ASME Fellow

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

James Michael: Following his engineering dreams with energy and combustion research

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

Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition

A challenge issued by SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, is reaching its final stages. In an attempt to make a more efficient transportation system, Musk issued an open challenge for teams to create a “Hyperloop pod” that can travel 700 mph, making the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles only 20 minutes … Continue reading Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition

Climate concerns ignite search for next-gen energy

Emily Heaton says clean energy from the 12-foot tall miscanthus she grows at an Iowa State University farm can help cut the carbon that’s warming the planet. “I should be able to start my truck or turn on my lights at home, and it makes the air cleaner,” said Heaton.

Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation

Expecting a baby with the new year, Iowa State University engineering doctoral student Marty Haverly has been thinking a lot about the climate challenges future generations face. Haverly and his wife, Julie, a senior business analyst at the Ames-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, think they have the opportunity to address those challenges head-on.

Engineering students team up for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

In June 2015, Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, issued a challenge. He established an open competition geared towards university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. Andrew Kitahara, a senior in materials engineering, and Brandon Klosterman, a senior in … Continue reading Engineering students team up for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition