Iowa State engineer finds new ways to see data, train soldiers, help doctors

Eliot Winer likes to show off the magic and usefulness of immersive virtual reality. So there you were, in the middle of Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab, taking a shift at a military checkpoint. In this case, the lab’s mix of virtual and real worlds put you behind the barriers protecting a strategic stretch of road. … Continue reading Iowa State engineer finds new ways to see data, train soldiers, help doctors

Merging engineering and business: Companies start and thrive with Iowa State alumni leading the way

The laboratories and centers within the College of Engineering bring together forward-thinking minds and great entrepreneurial spirits. Dreams of startup companies and innovative technologies are often born in these collaborative spaces, and sometimes they even become reality. Although they serve very different purposes, WebFilings and Mechdyne, two Iowa companies, share many commonalities in their histories—starting … Continue reading Merging engineering and business: Companies start and thrive with Iowa State alumni leading the way

ISU anatomy expert, CoE professors create digital models to train surgical students

Diana Peterson, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, envisions a 3D virtual reality program simulating human and animal anatomy to recreate the surgical experience. Two years ago, Peterson found the technology used to teach students about the inner workings of the human body surpassed what was used in veterinary … Continue reading ISU anatomy expert, CoE professors create digital models to train surgical students

MIRAGE Lab

Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

Two armed soldiers stand behind a barrier, guarding a checkpoint in the road, watching for trouble. A white truck turns toward them. “See what he wants, guys,” says one of the guards. “Sir, we have a military-aged male jumping out of the truck. He’s going behind that van.” “Is he armed?” “No visuals, sir.” And … Continue reading Iowa State’s MIRAGE lab mixes real and virtual to create new research opportunities

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Iowa Energy Center supports research aimed at building Iowa’s bioeconomy

Three teams of Iowa State University researchers will use grants from the Iowa Energy Center to develop biorenewable technologies. All three projects involve the thermochemical conversion of biomass to biorenewable fuels, chemicals, and products. The grants are part of the center’s mission to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Up to a three-year, $468,000 … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center supports research aimed at building Iowa’s bioeconomy

Iowa State engineers develop 3-D software to give doctors, students a view inside the body

James Oliver picked up an Xbox game controller, looked up to a video screen and used the device’s buttons and joystick to fly through a patient’s chest cavity for an up-close look at the bottom of the heart.   And there was a sight doctors had never seen before: an accurate, 3-D view inside a … Continue reading Iowa State engineers develop 3-D software to give doctors, students a view inside the body