Helping people has always been a personal mission of Iowa State alum Patrick Ward. It was part of the reason he chose to study mechanical engineering. It was part of the reason he traveled abroad to Nicaragua as a student. And now it is part of the reason he left his full-time engineering job to … Continue reading From Nicaragua to Senegal, ME alum is helping around the world
While many college students gain first-hand engineering experience through internships and co-ops, Ryan Williams was gaining this experience before he even stepped foot on campus. Williams served as an aviation structural mechanic for the U.S. Navy after high school which taught him how hydraulic systems and flight control components work together to put an aircraft … Continue reading Naval experience paved the way for ME alum
One Iowa State alum has turned his passions for mechanical engineering and helping people into a career. Wesley Meier (BSME’08) took his degree and went on to be the co-founder and CEO of Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability, or EOS International. Along with fellow ME classmates Chris Deal, Greg McGrath and Lee Beck, Meier set off to … Continue reading ME alum’s company focuses on sustainability, helping people
In Nicaragua, they have a saying, “Que le vaya bien,” which means “may you travel well.” For a few Iowa State engineering students, their travels to Nicaragua for a design course went beyond what they ever could have imagined. That’s because while they were there, they had the opportunity to impact the lives of Nicaraguans for the better.
This post originally appeared on the EOS International blog. It’s written by Gloria Starns, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. Starns has been to Nicaragua the past two summers with the non-profit Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS). EOS was founded by ISU engineering alumni and is dedicated to providing sustainable technology to help generate income and … Continue reading Guest post: Living and working in Nicaragua
Nine engineering students learn about the human-centered design process in Central America “The opportunity was great, and I would go back in a heartbeat,” said Michelle Bruns, senior in mechanical engineering, about a recent trip to Nicaragua. Nine students from Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department, as well as Luther College’s biology department, relocated to San … Continue reading Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua
Three students affiliated with BEI’s Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET) built two pyrolyzers in Nicaragua this summer to introduce farmers to the benefits of biochar. Bernardo Del Campo, Juan Proano Aviles, and Matt Kieffer, all graduate students in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, spent two to three weeks near Matagalpa, Nicaragua, in June 2013. … Continue reading BEI students introduce biochar to Nicaraguan farmers
While most students were lounging in the sun and taking a rest on spring break, three agricultural engineering (AgE) seniors were busy working with local Nicaraguans to provide a fruit preservation method for their community. Kristine Gleason, Alyse Herr, and Nicole Stoll partnered with EOS International to travel to Nicaragua and design and test a … Continue reading Students implement fruit dehydrator in rural Nicaragua