College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge

A team of Iowa State University engineering students, team SMAlloygator, won the 2021 4th CASMART Student Design Challenge. The challenge, organized by NASA, tasked students with creating a design using shape memory alloy (SMA) technology. This work was also part of the Materials Science and Engineering Senior Design project. The Consortium for the Advancement of …Continue reading “Team SMAlloygator wins CASMART Student Design Challenge”

Transfer graduate student finds new home at Iowa State

Going from a smaller university in an urban area to a larger university in a smaller college town might have been difficult for some, but for mechanical engineering graduate student Murtaza “Murt” Zohair the transition was smooth. Zohair is from Aurora, Ill., part of the greater Chicago area. Growing up he was often reading books …Continue reading “Transfer graduate student finds new home at Iowa State”

IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

With background in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering, Yiliang (Leon) Liao brings a unique and diverse skillset to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). Liao joined IMSE as an associate professor for fall 2020. Prior to coming to Ames, he served as an assistant professor of …Continue reading “IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department”

Xinchun Tian receives ISU Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award

Xinchun Tian, a postdoctoral scholar in the Materials Science and Engineering department, was awarded the ISU Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award for his research on in situ biasing TEM studies. Tian graduated from Iowa State with a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering under the supervision of Prof. Ludovico Cademartiri. Tian now works as postdoctoral scholar …Continue reading “Xinchun Tian receives ISU Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award”

Cyclone Engineers develop alternative cooling materials

Iowa State University, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, the University of Maryland, and the Colorado School of Mines collaborated on a paper researching a solid-state alternative that can be used to replace vapor-compression cooling technology, making an environmentally friendly material resistant to wear over time.

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Charlotte Brandenburg

Charlotte Brandenburg Major: Materials engineering: emphasis in metals and polymers Minor: Mathematics and German GPA: 3.84 Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa Career goal: To be a materials researcher at NASA Clubs/activities: PrISUm Solar Car Team, Osteoceramics Research Lab, Teaching Assistant Awards/honors: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society Favorite place on campus: Lagomarcino courtyard in spring and …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Charlotte Brandenburg”

ME’s Hu develops low-cost, energy efficient method for separating hydrogen from water

Hydrogen is a promising future fuel source for cars and this could become even more feasible because of a new, low-cost hydrogen procurement technique developed by a mechanical engineering researcher. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of Iowa State University researchers have developed a new catalyst to drive the separation …Continue reading “ME’s Hu develops low-cost, energy efficient method for separating hydrogen from water”

MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad

Undergraduates can gain research experience on campus and abroad, especially with the help of Steve Martin, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University. This summer, Adriana Joyce, senior in materials engineering, traveled to the Institute of Ceramics and Glass, one of 130 centers belonging to the State Agency’s Superior Council of Scientific Research in Madrid, Spain. …Continue reading “MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad”

Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses

A research team consisting of four scientists: Nikolai A. Zarkevich, researcher with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory; Hao Chen, an Aerospace Engineering graduate student; Valery Levitas, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor in Aerospace Engineering; and Duane D. Johnson, F. Wendell Miller Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has …Continue reading “Team from Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Lab finds criterion to predict phase transformations under general stresses”

ISU Material Advantage connects students to the department, the community and Iowa representatives

Iowa State University is home to its very own chapter of Material Advantage, a student organization that “provides access to the materials science and engineering professional’s most preeminent societies,” including The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Involvement in the organization gives students leadership experience, scholarship opportunities, conference and event access, …Continue reading “ISU Material Advantage connects students to the department, the community and Iowa representatives”

Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Kaitlin Bratlie is an associate professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has been a biomaterial researcher and professor at Iowa State since 2011. Bratlie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley …Continue reading “Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration”

Olson receives Brown Graduate Fellowship

Emily Olson, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as a Brown Graduate Fellowship recipient. She is one of thirteen students from across Iowa State University receiving the award of $10,000. The Brown Graduate Fellowship Program encourages research at Iowa State in the areas of study including science, …Continue reading “Olson receives Brown Graduate Fellowship”

Exploring creativity through dance and materials engineering

Jose Pérez González’s story is unique. His diverse and well-rounded experiences make him a leader by example and a student who has a strong desire to excel, learn, and grow in whatever he participates. Pérez González is beginning his second semester at Iowa State and has immersed himself completely to embrace his Iowa State adventure. …Continue reading “Exploring creativity through dance and materials engineering”

Jiang lab helps industry develop biobased functional coatings using nanotechnology

Assistant Professor, Shan Jiang, one of Materials Science and Engineering’s newest faculty members, joined the department in 2016. Prior to becoming an assistant professor at Iowa State, Jiang spent three years working at The Dow Chemical Company as a project leader. His research was primarily focused on waterborne latex coating. Jiang brought a wealth of …Continue reading “Jiang lab helps industry develop biobased functional coatings using nanotechnology”

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