College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves

Mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University are studying ways they can use acoustic sound waves to improve the efficiency of extracting oil from rocks. The project is led by Jaime J. Juárez, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME), with additional support from Michael Olsen, professor of ME. The project is supported with a more …Continue reading “Engineers aim to improve oil extraction using acoustic sound waves”

ME alum Joshi receieves distinguished professional award

A mechanical engineering alum was recently recognized by the world’s largest petroleum engineering professional society. Sadanand D. Joshi (PhDME’78) is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Petroleum Engineering‘s (SPE) John Franklin Carll Award for distinguished professionals. As a doctoral student at Iowa State, Joshi studied under longtime ME Professor Art Bergles. After completing his PhD …Continue reading “ME alum Joshi receieves distinguished professional award”

ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering

ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can …Continue reading “ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering”

Time to listen

For all the incredible work that engineers perform each day to make our lives better, it seems that we often don’t hear much about them unless we’re faced head-on with a crisis. We hear of “scientific discoveries” and “engineering disasters.”  The general public’s knowledge of what engineers do is limited. We just know that our …Continue reading “Time to listen”

Glatz joins project to find greener ways to clean up oil spills

Charles Glatz, professor of chemical and biological engineering, is part of a group of researchers collaborating to find greener methods to clean up the Gulf oil spill. The group has been awarded a National Science Foundation Rapid Response grant. For more on Iowa State engineers and the Gulf spill, see this story.

From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights

Three Iowa State University engineers—one drawing on hands-on experience and the others applying theory, mathematics, and computational modeling—offer a detailed look into how the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have begun, and how planners can prepare to minimize the effects of any future spills. Watch the video. Cement expert questions judgment, …Continue reading “From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights”

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