College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship

As someone who benefited greatly from the encouragement she received to pursue studies in STEM, mechanical engineering senior Olivia Tyrrell wants other girls and women to also be inspired to go into STEM. Tyrrell grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. Though she always had an interest in science as a child, it was a visit …Continue reading “Undergraduate research experience launches ME student to NASA internship”

Cyclone Engineering students attend National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Eleven Cyclone Engineering students will share their hands-on research experience with peers from across the country at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The annual event, which takes place April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in George, is the largest undergrad research conference in the nation, with 4,000 students in attendance and featuring networking, professional development and one of the largest graduate school fairs in the U.S.

Cyclone Engineering undergrads to showcase research at Iowa Capitol

Cyclone Engineering undergraduates will present research posters at the Iowa Statehouse at the 14th annual Research in the Capitol event on April 1. Research in the Capitol highlights the important research being conducted by undergraduate students across the state. Students will interact with elected officials, university administrators and news media, discussing the impact their research could have on Iowa, the nation and the world. 

$6 million gift from Boeing to support Iowa State University’s Student Innovation Center and undergraduate researchers

The Boeing Company made a $6 million commitment to Iowa State University that will enhance the educational experience for all students at Iowa State, inspire innovation on the university’s campus, and support engineering students interested in research. A significant portion of Boeing’s gift will support construction of the Student Innovation Center, the approximately 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that will serve as the hub on campus for hands-on projects where students can collaborate across a wide range of disciplines.

Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student

With ingenuity, this civil engineering doctoral candidate earned a patent for research that he completed as an outstanding undergraduate student. If you ask Austin Downey whether undergraduate research affected his goals, you will probably hear this: “It made my career.” “I loved it,” Downey, who is a doctoral candidate studying civil engineering at Iowa State …Continue reading “Creative thinking in research: undergraduate opportunities shape career of civil engineering graduate student”

Twitter and cars don’t mix: students explore transportation topics for Freshman Research Initiative

Civil engineering freshman explore safety on the roads through one of Iowa State’s newest research programs It’s not difficult to hook Carter Bohle on research. Just mention a driving simulator. “Dr. Savolainen said one day in class that people have used the driving simulator before,” Bohle said. “That caught our attention right away. We were …Continue reading “Twitter and cars don’t mix: students explore transportation topics for Freshman Research Initiative”

Ophoff recognized by College of Engineering Honors Program for capstone project

Undergraduate researcher earns engineering capstone project award at University Honors Poster Presentations When Brandon Ophoff presents his research, he can’t help but learn something new. “Each time, people ask questions and then it makes me think a little bit deeper,” Ophoff said. “So as I’m presenting, I’m learning more.” Ophoff has had multiple opportunities to …Continue reading “Ophoff recognized by College of Engineering Honors Program for capstone project”

Students showcase work at research symposium

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of …Continue reading “Students showcase work at research symposium”

Mechanical engineers to show off projects at Design Expo

An anti-mosquito water agitator, a paddle wheel generator, and a high leverage wheelchair were among the more than 70 projects on display at the spring Mechanical Engineering Design Expo. The expo took place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Howe Hall atrium on April 29, 2013. Read more about the event in an Iowa State …Continue reading “Mechanical engineers to show off projects at Design Expo”

Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress

Iowa State engineering students recently got a rare chance to explain the importance of their research to members of Congress. The university’s student chapter of Material Advantage sent members to Washington D.C. to promote the importance of science as part of the national organization’s Congressional Visit Day, April 10-11, 2013. Material Advantage organizes the event …Continue reading “Material Advantage students advocate science funding to members of Congress”

These ISU drones wouldn’t harm a fly

Written by Jens Manuel Krogstad See the original article on the Des Moines Register website Drones will one day dot Iowa’s skies, saving lives and improving the environment one unmanned flight at a time, dreamers at Iowa State University say. ISU students who showed off their creations last week on campus have good reason to …Continue reading “These ISU drones wouldn’t harm a fly”

Undergraduate enhances lessons with research, explores bioengineering

For Christian Tormos, working in a research laboratory is second nature. Actively participating in research projects since his freshman year, Tormos, now a senior in chemical and biological engineering (CBE), is investigating a treatment for acute mechanical damage (AMD) that can to occur to cartilage and lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), a disorder that occurs …Continue reading “Undergraduate enhances lessons with research, explores bioengineering”

Undergraduate researchers love the lab

Three chemical engineering students are getting a sneak peak into hands-on research as undergraduate research assistants. Thanks to an undergraduate research opportunity, Katelyn Dahlke, Scott Meester, and Drew Sikkema are running experiments on polymer micro-emulsions under the guidance of Jennifer O’Donnell, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering. Dahlke, a sophomore, first heard about undergraduate …Continue reading “Undergraduate researchers love the lab”