Stronger, cheaper, greener foundations for offshore renewable energy generation

Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is studying how to improve foundation design of tidal current turbines – with an aim of helping offshore renewable energy generation go mainstream. Her project examining suction caissons as an economical and green option for tidal turbines is supported by an NSF CAREER award.

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Jake Aunan

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on … Continue reading PrISUm at ASC ’18: Jake Aunan

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Sweet

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on … Continue reading PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Sweet

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Kenkel

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon. For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on … Continue reading PrISUm at ASC ’18: Ben Kenkel

ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

An ongoing research project by a mechanical engineering faculty member could lead to improved solar cells and better batteries for wind energy storage. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of ME, recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Hu is one of three ME researchers at Iowa State to receive the award … Continue reading ME researcher aims to improve solar panels, batteries for wind energy storage

ME student’s independent study project aims to electrify CyRide

CyRide buses frequently spotted around campus and other parts of Ames could soon be getting a facelift. Ryan Saunders, a senior mechanical engineering major, has spent the past semester studying the feasibility of electrifying CyRide, the campus and city bus system. The project, which Saunders is working on as part of an independent study course, … Continue reading ME student’s independent study project aims to electrify CyRide

Solar panels installed on campus

IE alums add solar power to campus

The company that helped Iowa State install a couple of 8 X 60-foot solar panel arrays on the east side of campus has ties to the university’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. CB Solar, the state’s biggest solar contractor, designs and installs turnkey solar power systems for residential, commercial and agricultural uses. Two … Continue reading IE alums add solar power to campus

Solar-powered robots

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace … Continue reading Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems