College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Dancing the night away…For The Kids!

It took a high school internship for one industrial engineering student to realize that engineering involves more than just building roads and bridges. Sarah Longmire, senior in industrial engineering, “loved” her science and math classes growing up in Iowa City. She was a bit apprehensive about the field of engineering, admitting she thought engineers only …Continue reading “Dancing the night away…For The Kids!”

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”

Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus

Researchers at Iowa State University are combining their industrial engineering and data analytics knowledge with the medical expertise of researchers at the University of Iowa for a project that could understand the progression of HIV and eventually improve treatment of the virus. Hillel Haim, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa, …Continue reading “Applying data analytics to study the HIV/AIDs Virus”

From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida

In 1954, 18-year old Robert “Bob” Bird had a difficult decision to make: play football at Iowa State College (now called Iowa State University), or play for the Cyclones’ cross-state rival – the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Ultimately, he ended up in Ames, and he considers it one of the best decisions he has ever …Continue reading “From the gridirons of the Midwest to the sunny beaches of Florida”

A Hawkeye back home in Cyclone country

Despite being an alumnus from a public university on the east side of the state, one of industrial engineering’s newest faculty members has picked the right school for where to continue his career. Brendan Devine joined Iowa State University’s industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department as an assistant teaching professor beginning in fall 2020. Though …Continue reading “A Hawkeye back home in Cyclone country”

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”

Mechanical engineers fire up 3D printers, round up supplies to make face shields for Iowa hospitals

Caroline Hayes was in her office for more virtual meetings. But the chair of Iowa State University’s department of mechanical engineering said she really wanted to be back in the lab. For the past two weeks, Hayes, department staffers and a few students still in town have been 3D printing and assembling face shields for …Continue reading “Mechanical engineers fire up 3D printers, round up supplies to make face shields for Iowa hospitals”

From engineering consultant to doctor

Former industrial engineering department chair Joseph Walkup used to say “engineers can do anything.” For one department alumnus, that “anything” involves practicing medicine. Michael Baker grew up on a farm in State Center, Iowa, roughly 30 miles east of Ames. Despite working around the farm as a kid, he knew that a career in agriculture …Continue reading “From engineering consultant to doctor”

Iowa State hosts 2019 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference

Iowa State University served as the host institution for the 2019 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference from June 24-27.

From the blue skies of Iowa to the skyscrapers of New York

An industrial engineering alumna has taken the skills she learned at Iowa State and is now applying them to the fashion industry in the Big Apple. Casey Waechter (BSIE’05) grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and looked at schools in both Iowa and Chicago when it came time for college. Ultimately she picked the Ames-based …Continue reading “From the blue skies of Iowa to the skyscrapers of New York”

ME graduate turns to the medical field

Justin Elwood is doing his residency in anesthesiology By Haley Brase Problem solving and teamwork drove Justin Elwood to major in mechanical engineering at Iowa State, but it also made him interested in medicine. While attending ISU he worked as a technician in an emergency department which sparked the idea of medical school. After graduating …Continue reading “ME graduate turns to the medical field”

ME freshman has five self-published novels to his name

While some students come to college with state championships, debate titles, and other accolades under their belt, one mechanical engineering student came to college with five published books to his name. Ryan Byrnes arrived in Ames via suburban St. Louis in the fall of 2016. Even though he has a passion for writing, the 19-year …Continue reading “ME freshman has five self-published novels to his name”

Portable simulator helps to create safer driving experience

The Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is helping to make the roads safer with the “MiniCym,” a quarter-cab driver simulator. “This is a tool that will help us explore new areas of researched related to road safety and human factors,” said Shashi Nambisan, professor of civil, construction …Continue reading “Portable simulator helps to create safer driving experience”

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