(From left to right) ISU researchers Benjamin Ahn (aerospace engineering), Kristen Cetin and Bora Cetin (both of civil, construction and environmental engineering) are working to develop better teaching methods for the engineering students of tomorrow. Photo by Kate Tindall.

Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Construction, civil engineering faculty explore the art of problem solving to prepare graduates for real-world challenges on the job Complex … these words describe the types of problems that Kristen Cetin knows engineers face on the job site. “There’s no one solution,” she says, explaining the concept of ill-structured problems. “In addition to that, there’s … Continue reading Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry

Calculated 3D micro-tentacle shape that can mimic the patient’s cochlear structure. Image courtesy In-Ho Cho.

Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

Multi-disciplinary engineering faculty look to develop device to minimize damage to ear while maximizing amount of sound available to hearing impaired In-Ho Cho makes a spiral motion with his hand, demonstrating the coiled shape of the human ear’s cochlear structure. Located inside the inner ear, the cochlear structure is critical to a person’s hearing ability. … Continue reading Hear me now? Iowa State researchers begin work on new, improved hearing aid

CBE’s BioMaP summer program kicks off with nine undergrad researchers

Nine undergraduate students from around the nation are settling in to their summer home at Iowa State with the BioMaP REU program. Hosted annually by the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) provides mentored research. Each … Continue reading CBE’s BioMaP summer program kicks off with nine undergrad researchers

Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Chemical and Biological Engineering University Professor James (Jim) Hill has announced his retirement, and was honored with a reception hosted by the department. Hill has been part of the CBE faculty since 1971 and served as department chair from 2005-2009. His work as a researcher, educator and advocate for students through the renowned ISU solar … Continue reading Jim Hill retires from CBE after 46 years of research, education and outreach

Important NSF fellowship for chemical engineering grad student Deon Ploessl

Iowa State University chemical engineering graduate student Deon Ploessl has been named a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Ploessl was an Iowa State Chemical and Biological Engineering undergraduate who received his B.S. in May of 2016 and then entered the graduate program. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes … Continue reading Important NSF fellowship for chemical engineering grad student Deon Ploessl

Data screens in REACTOR Laboratory at the Institute for Transportation, where Sharma conducts research (Photo by Kate Tindall)

Bypassing cognitive bottleneck: $1M National Science Foundation grant awarded to CCEE’s Sharma, multi-disciplinary team

For emergency responders and traffic operators, safety on highways has long been a struggle to reduce response times to accidents while keeping roadway congestion to a minimum. For researcher Anuj Sharma, there’s subtler factors to be taken into account. One of those factors? It’s a syndrome called cognitive bottleneck. “Even if there is an incident … Continue reading Bypassing cognitive bottleneck: $1M National Science Foundation grant awarded to CCEE’s Sharma, multi-disciplinary team

Jeong leads NSF project to develop fast, efficient means of analyzing data

Have you ever heard two people describe the same thing but come up with two very different descriptions? Discrepancies can cause problems. And when it comes to gathering data (and analyzing that data), construction engineer David Jeong says discrepancies in language present huge roadblocks. “You want to use the term ‘highway,’ I want to use … Continue reading Jeong leads NSF project to develop fast, efficient means of analyzing data

Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

“How can you multi-purpose—re-think—structural systems?” Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have a new theory to answer that question. Earlier this month, the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded ISU professors An Chen and Simon Laflamme more than $200,000 in research funding. The project, “Multifunctional Structural Panel for … Continue reading Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

Mechanical engineering researchers receive 3-year, $360K grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $360,485 grant to two Iowa State University mechanical engineering professors. The funding will support a project entitled “REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site: Research and Education in Multiscale Sensing and Imaging” led by Pranav Shrotriya and Sriram Sundararajan. Funding for the project begins on Sept. 1, 2016 and will … Continue reading Mechanical engineering researchers receive 3-year, $360K grant

A summer of fellowship and research wraps up for CBE’s BioMap REU students

Twelve chemical and biological engineering undergraduates from near and far are heading home with great memories and valuable research experience following a summer at Iowa State. They were participants in the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE). The program brings undergraduates … Continue reading A summer of fellowship and research wraps up for CBE’s BioMap REU students

Iowa State University receives $2 million National Science Foundation grant to transform approaches to teaching and learning in electrical and computer engineering

AMES, Iowa – Students at Iowa State University majoring in electrical and computer engineering will greatly benefit from a new $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a new collaborative instructional model for course design that will transform their education and develop the next generation of engineers. Electrical and computer engineering … Continue reading Iowa State University receives $2 million National Science Foundation grant to transform approaches to teaching and learning in electrical and computer engineering

Undergrad researchers from around the nation settle in with CBE’s BioMaP

Mentored undergraduate research is in full swing in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with the 2016 BioMaP REU program. Twelve students from institutions around the nation have joined with ISU CBE faculty to participate in this novel nine-week research opportunity, formally known as the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates. Participants … Continue reading Undergrad researchers from around the nation settle in with CBE’s BioMaP

Iowa State students, alumni chosen for National Science Foundation fellowships

Four students who have spent time in Iowa State’s engineering programs have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The students are among 2,000 individuals receiving awards in 2016 out of 17,000 applicants. Two students, Trent Borman and Rachel Creighton, attended Iowa State University as undergraduates and are now doing graduate … Continue reading Iowa State students, alumni chosen for National Science Foundation fellowships

Undergraduates invited to apply for CBE summer research program

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University is now accepting applications for the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program. Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2016. The application form and more information may be found at www.cbe.iastate.edu/research/undergraduate-research A program flier can be found here. Participation … Continue reading Undergraduates invited to apply for CBE summer research program