Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Nine engineering students learn about the human-centered design process in Central America “The opportunity was great, and I would go back in a heartbeat,” said Michelle Bruns, senior in mechanical engineering, about a recent trip to Nicaragua. Nine students from Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department, as well as Luther College’s biology department, relocated to San … Continue reading Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

Nine engineering students are currently working in Nicaragua with Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS), in order to better understand how to design for people with very different needs and environmental constraints. EOS is a not-for-profit organization started by Wes Meyer and Greg McGrath, two Iowa State mechanical engineering alumni. The organization focuses on providing low-cost, culturally and … Continue reading Training the next generation of engineers for a better planet

Former student returns to Iowa State as a faculty member

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is welcoming a familiar face back to campus. Former student Mark Mba Wright is re-joining the department, but this time as a faculty member. Wright graduated from Iowa State in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering as well as one of the first master’s degrees awarded in biorenewable … Continue reading Former student returns to Iowa State as a faculty member

ME student earns Carver Scholarship for biorenewables research

Mark Mba Wright, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering with a chemical engineering minor, has been awarded the 2009 George Washington Carver Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Student Achievement in Biorenewables. This is the second year the Bioeconomy Institute and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) have awarded the $4,000 prize recognizing the research contributions of a … Continue reading ME student earns Carver Scholarship for biorenewables research