College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

ME grad student recognized at international conference

Emily Johnson, a mechanical engineering graduate student, recently received the Best Presentation Award for Junior Female Researchers at the 14th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM) and ECCOMAS Congress 2020 virtual conference. Elsevier and the Female Researchers Chapter of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM-FRC) supported this merit-based award to highlight the work of …Continue reading “ME grad student recognized at international conference”

Team PrISUm keeps truckin’

While COVID-19 has slowed the progress of Iowa State University’s solar car team, they are not letting it stop them completely. Since returning to campus at the start of the semester, members of Team PrISUm have been working on their newest model. Much like anything else on campus and beyond, this contagious virus has affected …Continue reading “Team PrISUm keeps truckin’”

Driven by a passion to engineer vehicles of the future

From fuel-efficient snowmobile engines to the electric motors in the Tesla Model Y, mechanical engineering student Katie Lyon has a passion for environmentally friendly vehicles. Lyon grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and as a child loved playing with Legos, Lincoln Logs and other toys that allowed her to combine her creativity with her analytic skills. …Continue reading “Driven by a passion to engineer vehicles of the future”

Big research advancements at the nano-scale

A strong foundation at Iowa State University has helped to set up a mechanical engineering alum for success at his next adventure as a researcher at Northwestern University. Bowei Zhang grew up in Jingshan, a city in central China. He attended Wuhan University of Science and Technology where he graduated with an undergraduate degree in …Continue reading “Big research advancements at the nano-scale”

Coming Together at the Seams

Transporting generated electricity is much more efficient than transporting fuel stock, but it cannot yet happen from coast to coast. In this episode of Factor Analysis, we talk to Dr. James McCalley, London Professor of Power Systems Engineering to find out why, what it would take, and what Iowa State’s role is in the process.

Engineers developing machine-learning tools to quickly, cheaply design better solar cells

Cyclone Engineers are working with collaborators to develop machine learning theories and software tools that can quickly and cheaply design better solar cells. Those theories and tools could also be applied to the rapid design of all kinds of new technologies.

ME student designs solar-powered backpack

A dying cell phone or laptop battery can be a source of anxiety for an already busy college student, but a project by a mechanical engineering senior aims to alleviate that. Courtney Beringer, a senior in ME with a minor in energy systems, has spent the past three years working with Eulanda Sanders, Donna R. …Continue reading “ME student designs solar-powered backpack”

Cyclone Energy brings home fifth first-place finish in GEC

For the fifth year in a row, Iowa State University’s (ISU) Cyclone Energy team has earned a first-place finish at the Electri International/NECA Green Energy Challenge (GEC), held in Philadelphia on Sept. 29. The six-member team is comprised of civil and construction engineering students from ISU’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (ISU CCEE). Cyclone Energy …Continue reading “Cyclone Energy brings home fifth first-place finish in GEC”

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”

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Elliot Suiter

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: Elliot Suiter”

PrISUm at ASC ’18: Mackenzie Klima

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: Mackenzie Klima”

PrISUm at ASC ’18: James Kuhman

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: James Kuhman”

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