ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

An ongoing research project by a mechanical engineering faculty member could lead to improved solar cells and better batteries for wind energy storage. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of ME, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hu is one of three ME researchers at Iowa State to receive the award … Continue reading ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

Collaborative learning at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

Sophomore student finds abundant opportunities early on in college adventure  It’s only Michael Volk’s sophomore year of college at Iowa State University (ISU). Yet Volk has seen his name as first author on a research paper and has taken leadership positions in the campus chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also … Continue reading Collaborative learning at Iowa State – Engineer at ISU CCEE

IE student experiences engineering from a Dutch perspective

While some students spent their spring break relaxing on the beach, one industrial engineering undergraduate spent hers learning about engineering in the Netherlands. Jaclyn Stiller, a sophomore in industrial engineering, recently participated in the Vermeer International Leadership Program which is a collaborative effort between the Pella, Iowa-based Vermeer Corporation and Iowa State’s Leadership Studies Program. … Continue reading IE student experiences engineering from a Dutch perspective

Li joins Iowa State Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department as fiscal coordinator

Department welcomes new professional and scientific staff member to team Ying Li joined Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE) this week as the department’s new fiscal coordinator. Li holds master’s degrees in both accountancy and real estate management from California State University and the National University of Singapore, respectively. … Continue reading Li joins Iowa State Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department as fiscal coordinator

Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

An Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) faculty member has been named to Iowa State’s newest endowed professorship. Frank Peters, an associate professor in IMSE, was named to the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering during a medallion ceremony on March 21. The professorship was made possible … Continue reading Announcing the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Karen (Hallaman) Ponder became the first woman to complete a PhD in industrial engineering at Iowa State when she graduated in 1978. Ponder was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and spent … Continue reading IE’s first female PhD grad finds success in utility consulting

Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Interdisciplinary research explores ways that communities recover from economic shock and methods for struggling populations to adapt Last week, Iowa State University announced the recipients of the fall 2017 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grant Program. Cristina Poleacovschi, assistant professor of construction engineering and principal investigator of the research project, “Resilient Micropolitan Areas: Evaluating Coping … Continue reading Poleacovschi earns fall 2017 PIRS Research Seed Grant for micropolitan resilience studies

Eloise (Heckert) Lantz – ISU’s First Female Member of Pi Tau Sigma

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Eloise Heckert, a 1946 graduate of mechanical engineering, was the first female member of Iowa State’s chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the honorary mechanical engineering fraternity, at a time when few … Continue reading Eloise (Heckert) Lantz – ISU’s First Female Member of Pi Tau Sigma

ME student named Academic All-Big 12 for swimming

A mechanical engineering student has been named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Team. Jessi Storer, a sophomore distance/fly swimmer, was a 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Swimming & Diving first team selection, the conference announced last month. The Lincoln, Neb.-native finished 10th in the mile swim during the finals of the Big … Continue reading ME student named Academic All-Big 12 for swimming

Downey right and Laflamme discuss research in a laboratory. Photo by Tindall.

Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student

With ingenuity, this civil engineering doctoral candidate earned a patent for research that he completed as an outstanding undergraduate student. If you ask Austin Downey whether undergraduate research affected his goals, you will probably hear this: “It made my career.” “I loved it,” Downey, who is a doctoral candidate studying civil engineering at Iowa State … Continue reading Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student

Anuj Sharma (second from left) with his research team. The team will work on InterchangeSE for the next three years. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers formulate InterchangeSE project to study interactions between different modes of travel

Researchers explore stress levels of people interacting in traffic systems through use of augmented reality techniques When you drive through an accident scene, do you feel nervous? Perhaps stressed by the cars swerving in and out, slowing to a crawl and then speeding up. And does your stress affect the traffic situation around you? Researchers … Continue reading Iowa State researchers formulate InterchangeSE project to study interactions between different modes of travel

Kevin Prince (middle, in yellow shirt) walks with children in Ullo. EWB members spend time getting to know the community members while working on water distribution centers. Photos courtesy Kevin Prince.

Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana

Civil engineering students work with university student organization to drill mechanized wells for safe water sources in Northern Ghana Ullo is a small village. So small, in fact, that you may have trouble finding it with a Google Maps search. This small village in the northern region of Ghana is where two civil engineering students … Continue reading Engineers Without Borders – Iowa State University Chapter brings water to Ullo, Ghana