College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineering and the art of communication

It can be challenging to understand technologies that most of us don’t interact with routinely. They can be complex, arcane and hard to access in our time-constricted lives. Yet, as the recent Texas energy debacle demonstrates, it’s important. One Iowa State University alum has made a career of making an important energy technology – nuclear …Continue reading “Engineering and the art of communication”

Three ISU CCEE undergrads co-author ScienceDirect article, gain real-world research experience

Not one. Not two. But THREE undergraduate students worked on this article in ScienceDirect. Connor Theisen, Heather Murphy and Nicholas Anastasi co-authored this paper with Associate Professor Simon Laflamme and recent ISU graduate Austin Downey. Their work proposes a new class of passive friction devices with programmable hysteresis loops.

MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad

Undergraduates can gain research experience on campus and abroad, especially with the help of Steve Martin, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University. This summer, Adriana Joyce, senior in materials engineering, traveled to the Institute of Ceramics and Glass, one of 130 centers belonging to the State Agency’s Superior Council of Scientific Research in Madrid, Spain. …Continue reading “MSE undergraduates gain research experiences abroad”

Outreach in MSE increases awareness and excitement for STEM and materials education

Outreach and teaching to students in grades K-12 has been a priority in the materials science and engineering department as it aligns with and is encouraged in our university mission and vision. These are respectively: To create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place, and Iowa State will lead the …Continue reading “Outreach in MSE increases awareness and excitement for STEM and materials education”

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman to link entrepreneurship, world peace in public lecture

Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman of Iowa State, the Ames Laboratory and Israel’s Technion will give a public lecture linking technological entrepreneurship to world peace and prosperity. The lecture will be at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Mechanical Engineering professor Reza Montazami to be featured on ‘Science Friday’ and ‘River to River’

Reza Montazami, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be featured on Public Radio International’s (PRI) Science Friday program tomorrow, August 12. Montazami will discuss his recent research on dissolving batteries for self-destructing devices. His research is part of a relatively new field of study known as “transient electronics” and has various applications from helping the …Continue reading “Mechanical Engineering professor Reza Montazami to be featured on ‘Science Friday’ and ‘River to River’”

Engineers, elementary educators and future teachers partner to teach STEM

At Iowa State, integrating engineering into K-12 classrooms is a collaborative effort that spans across campus and into surrounding school districts. Trinect, a program funded by the National Science Foundation STEM-C Partnerships, brings together three groups to introduce engineering concepts to young students: engineering graduate students, preservice teacher students and cooperating elementary teachers from Des Moines Public Schools.

An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools

Story and video originally posted by Iowa State University News Service.  Iowa State University and Des Moines Public Schools recently received a $4.5 million grant to improve the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math in elementary schools. The Trinect program brings together a Des Moines teacher, an ISU student teacher, and a graduate engineering …Continue reading “An Iowa State program enhances teaching of STEM in elementary schools”

CoE engages students at Science Bound

On Saturday February 15, 2012, Iowa State’s campus was bursting with 300 enthusiastic middle school and high school students from the Des Moines, Denison, and Marshalltown school districts to participate in Science Bound’s first spring workshop of the year. Science Bound, a “pre-college program created to increase the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who …Continue reading “CoE engages students at Science Bound”

Tornado research part of MSI exhibit in Chicago

Iowa State University’s Tornado/Microburst Simulator and two Iowa State professors, Partha Sarkar and Bill Gallus, are part of the new Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. A panel within the tornado portion of the exhibit shows a photo of Sarkar, a professor of aerospace engineering, and Gallus, a professor of …Continue reading “Tornado research part of MSI exhibit in Chicago”