Tim Cullinan

MSE lecturer builds on experiences at Iowa State

Support during graduate school opened path to career in teaching A big part of being an undergraduate student involves new experiences that help you decide where you’ll end up next. For Tim Cullinan, a new lecturer for Iowa State’s materials science and engineering department, tutoring and serving as a teaching assistant got him thinking about … Continue reading MSE lecturer builds on experiences at Iowa State

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Emeritus Thomas McGee celebrates 90th birthday

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering gathered to celebrate a milestone birthday for Professor Emeritus Dr. Thomas McGee. McGee celebrated his 90th birthday June 9, 2015 with a reception attended by friends and colleagues. McGee has been a presence at Iowa State for nearly 70 years. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in Ceramic … Continue reading Materials Science and Engineering Professor Emeritus Thomas McGee celebrates 90th birthday

Klocke honored with Academic Advising Impact award

Andrea Klocke, academic adviser in materials science and engineering, received the 2013-2014 Academic Advising Impact award, given by the University Academic Advising Committee. The award recognizes faculty or professional staff who have continued to demonstrate outstanding performance in advising Iowa State University undergraduate students throughout their professional career. Devna Popejoy-Sheriff, academic adviser in industrial and manufacturing systems … Continue reading Klocke honored with Academic Advising Impact award

Tan’s paper most cited in Journal of Applied Physics

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Xiaoli Tan’s paper, “Evolving morphotropic phase boundary in lead-free (Bi1/2Na1/2)TiO3–BaTiO3 piezoceramics,” was one of the most cited papers of 2012 in the Journal of Applied Physics. In the paper, Tan and his research partners examine the morphotropic phase boundary, or the composition range with coexisting crystalline phases, in … Continue reading Tan’s paper most cited in Journal of Applied Physics

Kessler Helps Create Biobased Coatings with Antibacterial Properties

Professor Michael Kessler has teamed up with Byron Brehm-Stecher, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, and Richard Larock, distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry, to develop soybean oil-based coatings that have antibacterial properties. The coatings could have applications in many areas, such as hospital sterilization, food processing and food packaging. The paper on this … Continue reading Kessler Helps Create Biobased Coatings with Antibacterial Properties

Professor Richard LeSar – Article Featured in MRS Bulletin

Dr. Richard LeSar, MSE Professor, had an article featured in the April 2012 MRS Bulletin Special Issue. The article, entitled “Teaching Sustainable Development in Materials Science and Engineering,” discusses three materials sustainability programs designed by the authors that are being implemented in the U.S. and the different approaches each program takes. The hope for these … Continue reading Professor Richard LeSar – Article Featured in MRS Bulletin

Greenhouse Trials Underway for Biobased Plant Containers Project

MSE professor Mike Kessler and the rest of the Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) are currently working on developing biorenewables and biodegradable containers for the specialty crop industry. They are researching biorenewable polymers and composites to find containers that function the same as the current petroleum-based plastic containers without the disadvantages.

Danny Shechtman

MSE professor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  The Nobel Foundation today announced Dan Shechtman of Iowa State University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and Israel’s Technion has won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The foundation announced The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences picked Shechtman “for the discovery of quasicrystals.” That 1982 discovery … Continue reading MSE professor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Twelve join CoE faculty

This academic year, the College of Engineering is welcoming 12 new faculty members within several departments, including civil, construction, and environmental engineering; electrical and computer engineering; industrial and manufacturing systems engineering; materials science and engineering; and mechanical engineering. Check out Innovate for profiles of the 10 newest members who started this fall. Two additional faculty … Continue reading Twelve join CoE faculty

Professor Mike Kessler interviewed on ScienceLives

The NSF/Live Science website features Professor Kessler and his group’s work with biorenewable plastics and self-healing composites.  It also includes an interview with Professor Kessler with responses to questions such as: What inspired you to choose this field of study? What is the best piece of advice you ever received? What was your first scientific … Continue reading Professor Mike Kessler interviewed on ScienceLives