Iowa State Student Wins AIChE Poster Competition

Written by Robert Mills A poster by Tannon Daugaard, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, won first place in a competition held at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in November in Atlanta. Daugaard, who hopes to graduate in 2016, won in a poster session called [Continue Reading…]

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…]

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…]

Mark Mba Wright featured in Iowa EPSCoR Energy Innovator

Mark Mba Wright, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was recently featured in a profile for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR newsletter. Mba Wright is originally from Equatorial Guinea, and when his brother encouraged him to study mechanical engineering at Iowa State, Mba Wright said he couldn’t tell a nut from a bolt. He was hired for [Continue Reading…]

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…]

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…]