Tag: Manufacturing

CIRAS to partner with Alliant Energy, open new digital manufacturing lab

Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Alliant Energy that will make it easier for Iowa manufacturers to implement new digital technologies and become more productive. With Alliant Energy’s support, CIRAS this summer will open a new laboratory in the ISU Research Park to help Iowa companies experiment with new manufacturing technologies. The new ISU Digital Manufacturing Lab Powered by Alliant Energy will educate Iowa businesses about technologies such as collaborative robots and advanced vision systems and help them explore ways that automation might improve their companies.

ME’s Bai partners with industry to develop sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber

A mechanical engineering professor is collaborating with industry on a research project that aims to develop the technology to produce environmentally sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber using lignin. Xianglan Bai, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is working with Attis Industries, a diversified innovation and technology holding company based in Milton, Georgia, on a project with … Continue reading ME’s Bai partners with industry to develop sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber

ME students preparing to become tomorrow’s toymakers

With the holidays right around the corner, a pair of mechanical engineering students hope that they can one day spread the holiday cheer through their passion to design children’s toys. Madeline Turner, a senior in ME, and Lucille Murphy, a sophomore, are at different stages in their academic careers but the duo share the goal … Continue reading ME students preparing to become tomorrow’s toymakers

The Weiler family and Iowa State faculty and staff during the ribbon-cutting for the Weiler Laboratory

Cardinal and gold runs in the blood for the Weilers

When Patrick Weiler graduated from Iowa State in 1980 with a degree in agricultural engineering, he began a tradition of support for his alma matter. The legacy now spans two generations of the Weiler family, including Megan (Weiler) Green (’06 finance), Joel Weiler (’10 nutr sci) and Katelyn (Weiler) Freeseman (’12 civil engr). As Iowa State alums, the Weilers said they are proud to help support future generations of Cyclones engineers.

Picture of Joe Vanstrom

Joe Vanstrom: Developing students into professionals

When he began his adventure at Iowa State University, Joe Vanstrom was a student looking for a way to get more hands-on in the engineering field. He found his calling in the industrial technology program and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the discipline. Now, he has returned to campus as a lecturer in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department.

Biden visits Iowa State, emphasizes manufacturing and innovation

During his visit to Iowa State’s campus on March 1, Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the role engineering will play in the country’s future economic growth, which relies on keeping jobs and innovation in the United States. Before he took the stage at the town hall forum, Biden met with students working on manufacturing projects … Continue reading Biden visits Iowa State, emphasizes manufacturing and innovation

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

A laser in Iowa State University’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible fiberglass fabric used to make wind turbine blades. A computer took the laser readings and calculated how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. And if there was … Continue reading Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power