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

First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

As a first-generation college student, Kahni Pr’Out says both she and her parents always knew she would go on to pursue a higher degree. Now in the midst of her Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering, she’s getting ready to start a job in industry. After completing her undergraduate degree in math at Savannah State University … Continue reading First-generation student’s love for education pushes her to get PhD

Summer 2011 REU programs

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are prestigious summer research opportunities that are hosted by universities and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program was started as a way to support undergraduate students in active research with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Participants in six Iowa State REUs associated with the College of Engineering … Continue reading Summer 2011 REU programs

Variety found in SPIRE-EIT summer REU program

Most students who were accepted to the Summer Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education-Emerging Interface Technologies (SPIRE-EIT) didn’t know what to expect when they arrived in Ames on May 31. The description of the program on the National Science Foundation’s website used phrases like information visualization, mobile/ubiquitous interfaces, intelligent agents, and enabling infrastructure, but it … Continue reading Variety found in SPIRE-EIT summer REU program

Increasing the production and sustainability of land

Sustainability has grown into a hot topic around the globe. The concept can be applied to a myriad of activities, but the students who participated in the Sustainable Biomass Production and Processing (SBPP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) had their eyes on agriculture. Sustainable agricultural practices are comprised of many intricate details, and SBPP participants … Continue reading Increasing the production and sustainability of land

Exploring advanced imaging and diagnostic systems

The Microscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging (MoSAIc) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Iowa State provided eleven students with the opportunity to explore advanced imaging and diagnostic systems, and gain experience with designing and manufacturing microscale and nanoscale sensors, actuators, and smart materials. In order to help students build an understanding of how materials interact, … Continue reading Exploring advanced imaging and diagnostic systems

Students conduct summer research to produce biorenewable chemicals

Nikhil Shah, junior in chemical engineering at Iowa State, wasn’t sure what to call his research when he began the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC). The end goal of his work, converting lignans into other chemicals, is a bit of an unknown because much of his experimentation is … Continue reading Students conduct summer research to produce biorenewable chemicals

Students travel from across the nation for BioMaP REU summer program

Twelve students from across the nation and three from Mexico spent their summer with the Biological Materials and Processes (BioMaP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Iowa State University. BioMaP consists of a variety of projects with topics ranging from nanovaccines, to drug and gene delivery, to clinical trials with an artificial pancreas. Through … Continue reading Students travel from across the nation for BioMaP REU summer program

Exploring the power of wind

The Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) almost didn’t happen. The National Science Foundation did not approve WESEP until March and participant applications were due in April.  With only one month to advertize the program, organizers hurried to publicize the opportunity and hoped for about 50 applicants. Gene … Continue reading Exploring the power of wind

Summer 2011 REU programs

A chance to participate in a prestigious program that provides first-hand access to cutting-edge research doesn’t frequently present itself to undergraduates, but a talented group of students were given such an opportunity when they were selected to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this past summer. The National Science Foundation (NSF) started … Continue reading Summer 2011 REU programs