Tag: Iowa

Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University

Longtime Iowa State University faculty member Steve Vardeman officially retired at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. Vardeman first joined the Iowa State University faculty as an assistant professor of statistics in 1981. He became an associate professor in 1983 and in 1985 joined the industrial engineering (IE) department, serving appointments in both statistics … Continue reading Vardeman to retire after nearly four decades at Iowa State University

How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

From growing up in a town of fewer than 400 people to working with companies valued in the billions, Fred Dotzler has done a lot in his career but he never forgets about the role that Iowa State University played in shaping him personally and professionally as a young man. Dotzler grew up in Defiance, … Continue reading How a kid from Defiance, Iowa with an IE degree became a successful venture capitalist

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

Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

It took a pandemic and the inability to do on-campus visits that led one mechanical engineering student to decide he wanted to stay a little closer to home for graduate school. Antonio Alvarez-Valdivia originally wanted to leave the Midwest for graduate school when he completed his B.S. in mechanical engineering (ME) later this spring. However, … Continue reading Pandemic impacts ME student’s graduate school selection process

Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Conducting research within the field of pharmaceuticals might be the last place you’d expect to find a mechanical engineer but Michael Olsen would prove you wrong. Olsen, a professor of mechanical engineering (ME) at Iowa State University, is getting ready to begin his newest research project with his colleague Dennis Vigil, professor of chemical and … Continue reading Applying mechanical engineering to pharmaceutical research

Hashemi elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineering associate professor Nicole Hashemi has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The status of Fellow is bestowed upon an ASME Member with 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in the organization. Of the more than 100,000 ASME … Continue reading Hashemi elected a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

Researchers at Iowa State University are combining their industrial engineering and data analytics knowledge with the medical expertise of researchers at the University of Iowa for a project that could understand the progression of HIV and eventually improve treatment of the virus. Hillel Haim, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, … Continue reading Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency

When the Iowa Army National Guard was looking for ways to improve the environmental sustainability of their facilities, they called upon the expertise of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University. Song-Charng Kong, mechanical engineering (ME) professor at Iowa State, led the effort. Former graduate student Benjamin Robertson, who completed his M.S. in ME in … Continue reading MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever … Continue reading From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida