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IMSE students, faculty recognized by industrial engineering professional society

Eleven students and faculty members from Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) were named award winners during the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) annual conference earlier this summer. This year’s award winners are listed alphabetically below: Matthew Frank, John B. Slater Professor in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing – …Continue reading “IMSE students, faculty recognized by industrial engineering professional society”

Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge

A team of Iowa State University engineering students, team SMAlloygator, won the 2021 4th CASMART Student Design Challenge. The challenge, organized by NASA, tasked students with creating a design using shape memory alloy (SMA) technology. This work was also part of the Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design project. The Consortium for the Advancement of …Continue reading “Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge”

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit …Continue reading “Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship”

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”

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”

IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

With background in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering, Yiliang (Leon) Liao brings a unique and diverse skillset to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). Liao joined IMSE as an associate professor for fall 2020. Prior to coming to Ames, he served as an assistant professor of …Continue reading “IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department”

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’”

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”

Iowa State alum turns passion project into a reality with the help of Boyd Lab

When Sebastien Mueller (‘19 mech engr) was young, his dad told a story about his quest to “save the Dahu,” a goat whose legs are shorter on one side than the other, making it so Dahus can only walk in circles around their mountain homes. The story was the inspiration behind the name for the …Continue reading “Iowa State alum turns passion project into a reality with the help of Boyd Lab”

From Nicaragua to Senegal, ME alum is helping around the world

Helping people has always been a personal mission of Iowa State alum Patrick Ward. It was part of the reason he chose to study mechanical engineering. It was part of the reason he traveled abroad to Nicaragua as a student. And now it is part of the reason he left his full-time engineering job to …Continue reading “From Nicaragua to Senegal, ME alum is helping around the world”

Naval experience paved the way for ME alum

While many college students gain first-hand engineering experience through internships and co-ops, Ryan Williams was gaining this experience before he even stepped foot on campus. Williams served as an aviation structural mechanic for the U.S. Navy after high school which taught him how hydraulic systems and flight control components work together to put an aircraft …Continue reading “Naval experience paved the way for ME alum”

Engineering learning communities bring students together

Iowa State’s College of Engineering offers nearly 20 different learning communities to meet the individual needs of incoming, transfer and current engineering students in a variety of majors. Learning communities continue to bring engineering students together in and out of the classroom.

Medical mechanical engineer

Emily Alexander credits an Engineering and Beyond summer camp she attended in high school as one of her most influential exposures to engineering and the Iowa State University campus. Having grown up just a half hour away in Des Moines, attending Iowa State was the easy decision when it came time for college, but she …Continue reading “Medical mechanical engineer”

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