MoSAIc prepares students for careers in research, and beyond

As a summer research program within the mechanical engineering department prepares to enter its 10th year, program alums have reflected on their experience and how it helped them get to where they are now. The MoSAIc (Multiscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging) REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program was launched at Iowa State in 2010. The … Continue reading MoSAIc prepares students for careers in research, and beyond

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

Hu receives ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award

A mechanical engineering faculty member has received a young investigator award for his contributions in design automation from his field’s largest professional society. Chao Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME) with a courtesy appointment in electrical and computer engineering, is a 2018 recipient of the Design Automation Young Investigator Award from the American … Continue reading Hu receives ASME Design Automation Young Investigator Award

Aerospace Engineering alum Momeni research in prestigious publication

Dr. Kasra Momeni, an Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering alumnus and now a professor of mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, has had research published in the highly regarded interdisciplinary Naturepartner Journal (npj) 2D Materials and Applications. “Multiscale framework for simulation-guided growth of 2D materials” reveals a new path for engineering atomically thin … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering alum Momeni research in prestigious publication

ME student wins two national awards through his summer internship with the US Army Research Laboratory

Winning a single national research award wasn’t enough for one competitive mechanical engineering student. He wanted to win more. Nikita Kozak, a junior in mechanical engineering (ME), spent his summer as a Department of Defense High-Performance Computing (HIP) Intern at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen, Maryland. The HIP program at ARL provides … Continue reading ME student wins two national awards through his summer internship with the US Army Research Laboratory

ME professor receives Pomerantz Award

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering, has received Iowa State’s Pomerantz Award for his accomplishments in teaching and research. Ganapathysubramanian joined the ME faculty at Iowa State in 2008 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2014 and to full professor in 2018. He also holds a courtesy appointment in electrical and … Continue reading ME professor receives Pomerantz Award

NSF grant aims to train research-based graduate students for various career paths

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team led by an industrial engineering faculty member will combine elements of engineering with agriculture, economics and sociology to prepare research-based graduate students for an array of career paths. Sarah Ryan, Joseph Walkup Professor in industrial engineering (IE), will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) … Continue reading NSF grant aims to train research-based graduate students for various career paths

ME alum named to Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt

A mechanical engineering alum has been named to the governing board for a Missouri-based manufacturing company. Srikanth Padmanabhan (PhDME’91) has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt, “a 135-year-old diversified manufacturer that designs and produces engineered products found in most homes and automobiles.” The company consists of “14 business units, 22,000 employee-partners, and … Continue reading ME alum named to Board of Directors for Leggett & Platt

ME alum Pithan elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors

AMES – Larry C. Pithan of Andalusia, Ill., a 1973 Iowa State University graduate in mechanical engineering who is the retired CEO at IMEG Corporation in Rock Island, Ill., has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. His term will expire in 2022. The role of the ISU … Continue reading ME alum Pithan elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors

ME alum Wittrock elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors

AMES – Eric Wittrock of Urbandale, Iowa, a 1992 Iowa State University graduate in mechanical engineering who is current director of business development for GMT Corporation of Waverly, Iowa, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. His term will expire in 2022. The role of the ISU … Continue reading ME alum Wittrock elected to ISU Alumni Association Board of Directors

ME professor emeritus publishes book on investing

After a career in the field of mechanical engineering that spanned more than half a century, a former professor has switched his focus to financial investing. Shyam Bahadur, a university professor emeritus, recently published a book that he hopes will educate people to build wealth through investments. The 254-page book, Guide to Investing in Stocks, Bonds, … Continue reading ME professor emeritus publishes book on investing

ME alum Joshi receieves distinguished professional award

A mechanical engineering alum was recently recognized by the world’s largest petroleum engineering professional society. Sadanand D. Joshi (PhDME’78) is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineering‘s (SPE) John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished professionals. As a doctoral student at Iowa State, Joshi studied under longtime ME Professor Art Bergles. After completing his PhD … Continue reading ME alum Joshi receieves distinguished professional award

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Jake Aunan

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on … Continue reading PrISUm at ASC ’18: Jake Aunan

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Sweet

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on … Continue reading PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Sweet