ME’s Heindel to use X-rays to study hydrate formations

One mechanical engineering professor will use X-rays to study hydrate formations which can found in off-shore petroleum transport systems. Ted Heindel, Bergles Professor of Thermal Science in ME, recently received a $100,488 grant from the Chevron Corporation for an eight-month project entitled An exploratory investigation of using X-rays to characterize hydrate formation. “Hydrates can form … Continue reading ME’s Heindel to use X-rays to study hydrate formations

Seven ME graduate students honored for teaching, research

Seven mechanical engineering graduate students were recognized today for their research and teaching excellence. Caroline Hayes, ME department chair, and Abhijit Chandra, ME Director of Graduate Education, presented the awards during a short ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Black Engineering Building. Each awardee received a letter of commendation from ISU President Wendy Wintersteen, a certificate of achievement, … Continue reading Seven ME graduate students honored for teaching, research

ME prof named 2017 Highly Cited Researcher

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Ming-Chen Hsu has been named a 2017 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in the categories of Engineering and Computer Science, according to a report by Clarivate Analytics. This marks the second consecutive year that Hsu has received this honor. Highly cited researchers are identified based on papers that rank in the … Continue reading ME prof named 2017 Highly Cited Researcher

ME’s Kong named ASME Fellow

Mechanical engineering professor Song-Charng Kong has been named a Fellow by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The status of Fellow is bestowed upon ASME members with 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in the organization. Of the approximately 130,000 ASME members, roughly 3,000 … Continue reading ME’s Kong named ASME Fellow

ME’s Gomes brings her expertise in food safety to ag-focused Iowa

Given her background in food and agricultural engineering, recently hired mechanical engineering associate professor Carmen Gomes feels that she’s bringing something unique to the department. “I believe I can bring my expertise when it comes to chemistry, biology, and interactions with interfaces in materials to the mechanical engineering world,” she said. Gomes excelled at biology, … Continue reading ME’s Gomes brings her expertise in food safety to ag-focused Iowa

PrISUm in Australia: Thomas Burtnett

Thomas Burnett, a mechanical engineering senior from Algona, Iowa, is among 15 students on Iowa State University’s Team PrISUm competing in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.

FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino

Mechanical engineering graduate Nick Hasto (BSME’17), ME senior Sarah Pinkerton, and Ames High senior Rucha Kelkar (daughter of ME professor Atul Kelkar) discuss their involvement in the Ames/Story County/Iowa State University chapter of FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino. Pinkerton, who is also an alumna of Ames High, was on the founding team in 2012. For more … Continue reading FIRST Robotics Team Neutrino

PrISUm Solar Car Team at the Capitol

PrISUm Solar Car Team president and mechanical engineering student Dylan Neal along with Iowa governor Kim Reynolds discuss PrISUm’s newest model – Penumbra – during a public event at the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines on June 15, 2017.

Alum applies mechanical engineering skills to his restaurant business

Lu Li (BSME’15) discusses his recently-opened restaurant Grandpa Noodle Gallery, how he applies his ME skills to running a business, and why he and his wife chose Ames as the location for their restaurant. For more info, visit