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From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere

Growing up, John Lawson thought he would eventually take over the family grocery store. However, his father inspired him to pursue a different career path. In his youth, Lawson spent many hours working for his family’s downtown Moline, Illinois, grocery store, and fondly remembers delivering groceries to customers’ homes. He figured he would eventually become …Continue reading “From delivering groceries to climbing the career ladder with Deere”

Iowa State University, John Deere collaboration advances research in hybrid manufacturing

Advancements are being made within the field of hybrid manufacturing because of a research collaboration between Iowa State University and John Deere. Matt Frank, a professor in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has spent the past year working alongside researchers in John Deere’s Advanced Technology and Engineering group as part of a professional development assignment, …Continue reading “Iowa State University, John Deere collaboration advances research in hybrid manufacturing”

Liggett Family Legacy – Part I: John T. Liggett

A 1999 article in Visions magazine, produced by the Iowa State University Alumni Association, informed many aspects of the reporting in this four-part series When John Thomas Liggett completed his degree in mechanical engineering at Iowa State in 1917, he had no idea he was starting what would become a family tradition. Since then, three …Continue reading “Liggett Family Legacy – Part I: John T. Liggett”

ME student learns engineering from a German perspective

Learning about engineering in another country is an effective way to become a better-rounded engineer, according to one student. Tim Dorn, a junior in mechanical engineering, spent his spring 2019 semester and his summer studying abroad at Hochschule Mannheim in southwest Germany. He said that through this experience he noticed the differences in the cultures …Continue reading “ME student learns engineering from a German perspective”

Iowa State hosts 2019 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference

Iowa State University served as the host institution for the 2019 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference from June 24-27.

Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal

Allison Theisen, senior in Industrial Engineering, is diversifying her undergraduate degree program at Iowa State University with an entrepreneurial studies minor. As the director of social enrichment for her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, Theisen planned a lot of different events for about 300 people, and she found that the social and planning aspects of the job appealed to her. Theisen always wanted to pursue …Continue reading “Student meshes IE with entrepreneurial studies for an unconventional goal”

Engineers developing data-driven ‘FactBoard’ to improve factory operations

This article was originally featured on Iowa State University News Services by Mike Krapfl. Click here to read the original article. AMES, Iowa – Reports of missing parts, machinery problems or any other issues on a factory floor don’t always move quickly to decision-makers. Sometimes, data collection is workers writing a few notes on a …Continue reading “Engineers developing data-driven ‘FactBoard’ to improve factory operations”

ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

Technology developed at Iowa State University and licensed to John Deere will receive three innovation awards at one of the world’s most prestigious agricultural technology conventions next week. The three innovation “Silver Medal” awards will be presented at AGRITECHNICA 2015, a global showcase of ag machinery in Hannover, Germany, set to run November 10-14. The …Continue reading “ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo”

Professor Emeritus Richard Pletcher passes away

Professor Emeritus Richard Pletcher passed away September 12, 2015 at the age of 80. Dr. Richard (Dick) Pletcher was born in 1935 in Elkhart, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1957. He married Carol Robbins on June 9, 1957 in Elkhart, and from there the couple left …Continue reading “Professor Emeritus Richard Pletcher passes away”

ABE alumnus honored by Quad Cities American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Jeremiah Johnson, an engineer with the Technology Development Group of the John Deere Harvester Works, was named Young Member of the Year for providing leadership for the section this past year as its chairman. He was named one of five New Faces in Engineering from ASABE as part of the 2015 National Engineers Week celebration. He received …Continue reading “ABE alumnus honored by Quad Cities American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers”

Teaching engineers the value of communication and “soft” skills

An ME alum uses his engineering perspective to build his own training business Don Gallagher, BSME’82, says the skills he learned at Iowa State and in the co-op program have been invaluable for his career. “Learning a clear problem-solving methodology in the classroom gave me a solid foundation. Then it all came to life in …Continue reading “Teaching engineers the value of communication and “soft” skills”

New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money

In collaboration with John Deere, Iowa State University materials engineers developed a new method to quickly and accurately predict fatigue crack growth in metals – a costly engineering problem that is responsible for loss of human life. Fatigue ultimately caused the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota that killed 13 people …Continue reading “New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money”

Agricultural and biosystems engineering lecturer brings wealth of farming, industry experience to classroom

This fall, Norman Muzzy returned to Iowa State University with 35 years of industry experience to teach classes as a lecturer in agricultural and biosystems engineering. Muzzy graduated with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1978. He also completed more than 60 credit hours of graduate coursework related to communication and training …Continue reading “Agricultural and biosystems engineering lecturer brings wealth of farming, industry experience to classroom”

Greg Luecke showcases combine simulator at Iowa State Fair

Greg Luecke, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and four of his graduate students will spend the next week and a half at the Iowa State Fair as their research project with John Deere is featured in the Agriculture Building. A harvesting combine simulator with virtual reality interface is currently in the human testing stage to …Continue reading “Greg Luecke showcases combine simulator at Iowa State Fair”

Agricultural engineer grad secures job with master’s and internship experience

There are many things students can do to improve their resumes and find experience that will help them land their dream jobs. For engineering students, this is not any different. James Bosserd graduated from Iowa State in 2007 with a master’s degree in agricultural engineering. Bosserd was able to secure a full-time job at John …Continue reading “Agricultural engineer grad secures job with master’s and internship experience”

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