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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”

MSE grad student shares engineering skills

Fourth grade students in Marilyn Lamb’s class at Lost Creek Elementary School learned some important lessons Monday couched in a format that was guaranteed to be fun. Lamb’s daughter Megan Lamb, a materials science and engineering graduate student at Iowa State University, was back to her elementary alma mater to share her love of engineering, …Continue reading “MSE grad student shares engineering skills”

Father, son both celebrate graduation from Iowa State University

The saying “like father, like son” for the Berbano family of Ames means a double graduation from Iowa State University this weekend, with father Orville Berbano earning a master’s degree in business and son Seth receiving his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering. The Berbanos were among the estimated 3,367 students who were awarded degrees from …Continue reading “Father, son both celebrate graduation from Iowa State University”

Gschneidner named MRS Fellow

Karl Gschneidner’s passion for research in rare earth metals is as strong now as it was nearly 60 years ago when he began working with these materials. He says it’s exciting science that allows him to make new discoveries often, with each finding enticing him to come back to see what the next day will …Continue reading “Gschneidner named MRS Fellow”

Five CoE alumni named 2011 STATEment Makers

Wei Du (PhDAerE’10), Emily Kinser (BSPolS’04/MSMSE’05), Amit Pande (PhDCpE’10), Jodi Prosise (BSME’03), and Andrew Riha (BSCpE’05/MSCpE’08) have been named Iowa STATEment Makers. The honor recognizes the early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society of Iowa State University’s young alumni (graduates under 32 years of age). Read more about them and the other 2011 …Continue reading “Five CoE alumni named 2011 STATEment Makers”

MSE collaboration highlighted during AAAS annual meeting

During the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science February 17-21, 2011, in Washington, D.C., Iowa State University was mentioned in a symposium describing the Materials Digital Library Pathway, a multi-university collaboration for materials students, teachers, and researchers. The collaboration is designed to offer resources that can connect materials research and …Continue reading “MSE collaboration highlighted during AAAS annual meeting”

MSE professor investigates complex metal hydride potential for hydrogen storage

The dream of developing a mass-marketable hydrogen-powered vehicle has eluded automotive designers for decades. But the work of Vitalij Pecharsky, senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, may someday make it a reality. Since 2005, Pecharsky, also a distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State, has been researching hydrogen-rich …Continue reading “MSE professor investigates complex metal hydride potential for hydrogen storage”

Rajan, inter-university research group awarded grant to extend DARPA project

Working with professors from Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Washington, Krishna Rajan is developing a new materials science paradigm to design advanced devices made from nano and microelectromechanical systems (N/MEMS). The project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Ames Laboratory named “Making Stuff” coalition partner

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is one of only 20 sites around the country selected to be a coalition partner for the prestigious “Making Stuff” television program. As a partner, the Lab, along with Iowa State’s Materials Research Society and Material Advantage student organizations, will be hosting more than 20 outreach events. Making …Continue reading “Ames Laboratory named “Making Stuff” coalition partner”

MSE researcher developing self-healing, bio-based polymers

Michael Kessler has worked with polymers that repair themselves when they crack. And he’s worked with polymers made from vegetable oils. Now he’s working to combine the two technologies. Kessler, an Iowa State University associate professor of materials science and engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, is researching and …Continue reading “MSE researcher developing self-healing, bio-based polymers”

Tan’s phase transition discovery published in Physical Review Letters

Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Xiaoli Tan’s research to examine a phase boundary between antiferroelectric and ferroelectric ceramics was recently published in Physical Review Letters (PRL). The paper “Can an electric field induce an antiferroelectric phase out of a ferroelectric phase?” was included in the December 17 issue of PRL, which is the …Continue reading “Tan’s phase transition discovery published in Physical Review Letters”

Students learn more than materials engineering in Mali

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society member journal JOM featured a story about Iowa State engineering students working on projects in Mali, Africa.

MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering

Each summer, juniors in Army ROTC from around the nation participate in a Leadership Development and Assessment Course where they are evaluated on different leadership attributes. Trenton Fredrickson, now a senior in materials engineering, traveled to Fort Lewis, Washington, to endure a physical fitness test, obstacle course, day/night land navigation scenario, first-aid training, gas chamber …Continue reading “MSE student appreciates lessons from ROTC and engineering”