Tag: research

Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient

Connor Smith has been chosen as the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Lawrence E. Burkhart Memorial Award recipient for the fall 2020 commencement. The honor is bestowed upon one graduating senior each semester, named Outstanding Senior Student in Chemical Engineering, with emphasis on scholastic performance. The recipient is selected by department faculty. Burkhart, … Continue reading Connor Smith named CBE’s Burkhart Award recipient

Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design

A team of Iowa State University industrial engineering students took first place in a national contest which showcased their ingenuity in the time of COVID-19. The Iowa State team bested the field in the Data Analytics and Information Systems division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Mobile/Web App Competition. The contest recognizes … Continue reading Industrial engineering team bests field at national competition for VR design

Fall 2020 REx/TEx award winners in ME announced

Four mechanical engineering graduate students have received Research Excellence Awards and Teaching Excellence Awards as presented by Iowa State University’s Graduate College: Teaching Excellence Award Parinaz Hafezisefat (Advised by Robert C. Brown) Sai Katamreddy (Advised by Jonghyun “Jong” Lee) Research Excellence Award Kshama Parate (Advised by Jonathan Claussen) Lusi A (Advised by Xianglan Bai) Click … Continue reading Fall 2020 REx/TEx award winners in ME announced

IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition

Industrial engineering (IE) graduate student Saba Moeinizade did not know what to expect when the student poster competition for the INFORMS annual meeting was made virtual. She certainly was not expecting a podium finish, so she was pleasantly surprised when the judges awarded second place to her entry. Her presentation – “A Simulation-based Optimization Approach … Continue reading IE graduate student takes 2nd place at national poster competition

Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers

A team of Cyclone Engineers are the recipients of a national award in part because of advancements they have made in the field of nondestructive evaluation, specifically in thermal imaging. Hantang Qin, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE) at Iowa State University, is the lead on the project titled “Data fusion approaches … Continue reading Research in nondestructive evaluation, thermal imaging leads to a national award for Cyclone Engineers

ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition

Cary L. Pint, Charles Schafer (Battelle) Chair of Engineering and an associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently honored for groundbreaking innovations. First, Pint and his team were designated as winners of a prestigious 2020 R & D 100 Award in the Mechanical/Materials category. This is a worldwide competition that highlights revolutionary technologies as judged … Continue reading ME’s Pint and team receives international recognition

An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

Gymnasts are often meticulous in their routines. They perfect their bodily mechanics to make their routine as efficient as possible. As a former student-athlete, Courtney Middelkoop is now applying this mindset to her company. After completing her M.S. in industrial engineering (IE) in fall 2019, Middelkoop returned to her hometown in suburban Dallas, Texas and … Continue reading An engineering entrepreneur with an athlete’s mindset

“Transformative” funding for Reuel medical protein therapeutics research

A prestigious funding mechanism from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s (CBE) Nigel Reuel to combine his group’s expertise in sensors and protein prototyping to create an automated tool for the discovery and design of new protein therapeutics for a wide range of diseases. This unique … Continue reading “Transformative” funding for Reuel medical protein therapeutics research

ME graduate student Emmanuel Tetteh poses outside of Black Engineering Building

Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Surgeons and other medical professionals can develop musculoskeletal problems because of the excessive amount of time they spend on their feet and the awkward postures that they assume during their work tasks. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) aim to better understand these issues so they can be … Continue reading Examining and mitigating musculoskeletal strains experienced by medical professionals

Industrial engineering associate professor Yiliang Leon Liao

IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

With background in materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering and industrial engineering, Yiliang (Leon) Liao brings a unique and diverse skillset to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE). Liao joined IMSE as an associate professor for fall 2020. Prior to coming to Ames, he served as an assistant professor of … Continue reading IE’s Liao brings a diverse skillset to the department

Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

As the damaging effects of climate change become more apparent, researchers are studying ways to generate energy with minimal impact on the environment. Computer simulations could be the key to making this process more efficient. Shankar Subramaniam, a professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), is the principal investigator (PI) on a project … Continue reading Using computer simulations to improve clean energy generation

Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

Even though the Cyclones and Hawkeyes often duke it out on the field, court and mat, researchers from the two universities have come together to collaborate on a Department of Defense-funded project. The project, titled “3D-Printed, Hierarchical Polymer-Bonded Energetic Composites with Electromagnetically Switchable Porosity,” is being led by principal investigator (PI) Xuan “Sean” Song, assistant … Continue reading Iowa State U, U of Iowa team up on energetic materials research project

A white football helmet with the I-State athletic logo in red and yellow on the side

Cyclone Shields

With the start of the college football season upon us, we hear from two #CycloneEngineers who collaborated with equipment managers for Iowa State University to create an inexpensive way to modify the team’s helmets to be functional for the players, while also reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. The “Cyclone Shield” has made Iowa State’s … Continue reading Cyclone Shields

New faculty spotlight: Ping He

A new semester brings new people, new challenges and new opportunities to the grounds of Iowa State University (ISU). As the fall 2020 semester progresses, recently hired Department of Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Ping He continues to settle in. Dr. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sichuan University, China, in 2007. From … Continue reading New faculty spotlight: Ping He