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Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering associate professor Zengyi Shao has been named the inaugural Vernon Guse Faculty Fellow. The endowed faculty fellowship has been made possible by a gift from the estate of Vernon Guse (B.S. chemical engineering, 1934). Shao will use support from the fellowship to help bolster her research team’s work in …Continue reading “Vernon Guse Faculty Fellowship awarded to CBE’s Zengyi Shao”

Worldwide impact: Two engineering faculty selected for Jefferson Science Fellows Program

Two Iowa State University College of Engineering faculty members have been selected for the 2021-2022 Jefferson Science Fellows Program. Ramesh Kanwar, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, and Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and engineering department, will spend one year on assignment at …Continue reading “Worldwide impact: Two engineering faculty selected for Jefferson Science Fellows Program”

MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency

When the Iowa Army National Guard was looking for ways to improve the environmental sustainability of their facilities, they called upon the expertise of mechanical engineering researchers at Iowa State University. Song-Charng Kong, mechanical engineering (ME) professor at Iowa State, led the effort. Former graduate student Benjamin Robertson, who completed his M.S. in ME in …Continue reading “MEs team up with Iowa Army National Guard to improve building resiliency”

Iowa State University launches partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

The U.S. Embassy in Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Iowa State University recently launched the U.S. State Department Bureau of African Affairs’ University Partnerships Initiative (UPI). Iowa State is partnering with the KNUST College of Engineering to implement institutional capacity building through its student organizations Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Faculty and …Continue reading “Iowa State University launches partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology”

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”

Engineering urban sustainability

A new $2.5 million grant will help an interdisciplinary team of researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. Cyclone Engineers lend expertise to a team that will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area – and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts.

Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Danielle Ufheil

Danielle Ufheil Major: Biological Systems Engineering, emphasis in Biorenewable Resources Minor: Spanish GPA: 3.59 Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois Career goal: My overall career goal is to be able to apply my passion for sustainability to the development of innovative methods for repurposing and mitigating organic wastes.  Clubs/activities: Engineers Without Borders, CoE Peer Mentor, Engineers for …Continue reading “Outstanding senior fall 2019 – Danielle Ufheil”

Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering

Improving food systems in Iowa requires a lot more than just a knowledge of agriculture. Anuj Mittal, Ph.D. candidate in industrial engineering (IE) at Iowa State University, has been part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study which will allow food hubs in Iowa to share supply chain best practices among each other and …Continue reading “Improving food systems in Iowa through industrial engineering”

IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing

John B. Slater, a 1943 graduate of Iowa State University’s industrial engineering program, has endowed two faculty positions, both of which have an emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. Matt Frank, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), will hold the John B. Slater Professorship in Sustainable Design & Manufacturing, while Jo Min, associate professor of …Continue reading “IE alum endows two faculty positions with emphasis on sustainable manufacturing”

John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more

John Billings Slater was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 10, 1921. He earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1938 and the following year graduated from Lane Tech High School. He then made the more than 300-mile trek west to Ames, Iowa, where he attended Iowa State College (as it was then called). As a …Continue reading “John B. Slater – war veteran, engineer, environmentalist, philanthropist and more”

Senegal native, new Cyclone Engineer sets sights on sustainable energy

Mouhamad Diallo moved to Iowa from Senegal in 2013. Six years later, he’s graduating from Iowa State University with a dual degree in mechanical engineering and materials science. After graduation, he’ll pursue a Ph.D. in materials science, studying sustainable energy to improve lives not only in Senegal, but around the world.

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