ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

An ongoing research project by a mechanical engineering faculty member could lead to improved solar cells and better batteries for wind energy storage. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of ME, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hu is one of three ME researchers at Iowa State to receive the award … Continue reading ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

ME researcher will use computational modeling to improve treatment of cardiovascular diseases

An upcoming research project by a mechanical engineering faculty member will use computational modeling to improve treatment processes for various cardiovascular diseases. Adarsh Krishnamurthy, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Krishnamurthy is one of three ME researchers at Iowa State to receive the award … Continue reading ME researcher will use computational modeling to improve treatment of cardiovascular diseases

ME researcher named Plant Science Institute Faculty Scholar

Funding from Iowa State’s Plant Science Institute will allow a mechanical engineering researcher to study ways to assist farmers in Iowa and across the globe in growing food. Soumik Sarkar, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, will receive $75,000 in funding per year over the next three years for his research project. This project combines … Continue reading ME researcher named Plant Science Institute Faculty Scholar

ME grad student receives tribology research award

A mechanical engineering graduate student looks to advance the field of tribology and lubrication engineering with an award he received from that field’s largest technical society. Sougata Roy, a PhD candidate in ME, recently received the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers’ (STLE) Early Career Award in the student category. Tribology is the study of … Continue reading ME grad student receives tribology research award

Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award

Dr. Valery Levitas, Vance Coffman Faculty Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and faculty scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Lab, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Khan International Award, also known as the Khan Plasticity Award. Levitas was noted for outstanding contributions to the field of plasticity over a period of 24 … Continue reading Aerospace Engineering’s Levitas receives Khan International Award

Florence Kimball – first female graduate of ME at Iowa State

This article is part of a series of stories for Women’s History Month. To learn about other pioneering female engineers from Iowa State, click here. Florence Kimball became the first female graduate of Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department when she completed her degree in 1908. Kimball was born in Anamosa, Iowa in 1885. Her father, … Continue reading Florence Kimball – first female graduate of ME at Iowa State

Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training

A mechanical engineering faculty member recently received certification as a trainer in additive manufacturing. ME senior lecturer Emmanuel Agba completed a certification program offered by Stratasys, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D production systems. The certification program is part of Stratasys’s effort to enhance workforce development and bridge the industry skill gap in 3D printing … Continue reading Iowa State instructors receive certification for 3D printing training

ME grad student gets funding to study microwave interaction with energetic material flames

Mechanical engineering graduate student Joel Lynch recently received a $2500 grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium to study the coupling of microwave fields with solid rocket propellant combustion. His current project is entitled “Modeling of Flames Seeded with Alkali Compounds under the Presence of Alternating Electric Fields.” The research is taking place within the … Continue reading ME grad student gets funding to study microwave interaction with energetic material flames

ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

Two mechanical engineering graduate students recently received awards for their paper at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) national conference earlier this month in Los Angeles. Sanvisna Kogelen (MS, Mechanical Engineering) and Alex Wrede (PhD, Mechanical Engineering) along with Patrick Kreiser (Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor … Continue reading ME grad students combine skills in engineering, entrepreneurship

ME grad student receives funding for multiphase X-ray radiography research

Mechanical engineering graduate student Julie Bothell recently received $2500 from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium for her research related to multiphase X-ray radiography. Her current project is entitled “X-Ray Imaging of the Spray from a Coaxial Air Blast Atomizer” and is a collaborative effort between Iowa State and four other universities: Cornell University, University of … Continue reading ME grad student receives funding for multiphase X-ray radiography research

ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space

ME assistant professor Jaime Juárez recently received funding from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium’s Early Career Investigator Research Program to study materials than can effectively be manufactured on a 3D printer in outer space. Juárez’s research project – Acoustically-Mediated Multi-Material 3D Printing for Polymer-Microparticle Composites – aims to “develop an acoustic-based 3D printing platform as … Continue reading ME researcher to study best materials for 3D printing in space

Steve Koenck and Joe Musil: Cyclone engineers and patent powerhouses

Two Cyclone engineers. More than 200 patents. A hands-on Iowa State learning experience that started it all. Steve Koenck (elec engr ‘73, MS ’74) and Joe Musil (mech engr ’72) met as Iowa State engineering students in 1970 when they both were working in the College of Engineering’s fabrication machine shop. “Pretty much every hour … Continue reading Steve Koenck and Joe Musil: Cyclone engineers and patent powerhouses