Q&A with Goldwater Scholarship recipient Mouhamad Diallo

Mouhamad Diallo, a junior double-majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering, is one of four Iowa State University students who recently received a Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year and encourages students to pursue careers in STEM research. He recently sat down with us to talk about his upbringing, his current studies, … Continue reading Q&A with Goldwater Scholarship recipient Mouhamad Diallo

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University … Continue reading Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

New concept to improve power production of wind turbines

Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, and his group at Iowa State University studied the effects of the relative rotation directions of two tandem wind turbines on the power production performance, the flow characteristics in the turbine wake flows, and the resultant wind loads acting on the turbines. The experimental study was performed in a … Continue reading New concept to improve power production of wind turbines

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Iowa EPSCoR builds state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy use

Iowa’s three Regents universities are making faculty hires, launching studies, partnering with community colleges and building industry partnerships – all in a $22 million effort to boost the state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy utilization. The benefits to Iowa could be many: research grants, new technologies, startup companies, educational opportunities and workforce improvements … Continue reading Iowa EPSCoR builds state’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy use

ECpE grad student wins IEEE poster contest

by Thane Himes Subhadarshi Sarkar, grad student in electrical engineering, was awarded first prize at the 2012 IEEE PES General Meeting Student Poster Contest in July for his presentation on optimal renewable energy. Sarkar presented his poster to judges, professors, students, and professionals at the general meeting. The next day, he found out that he … Continue reading ECpE grad student wins IEEE poster contest

Iowa State launches wind energy minor

Inter-disciplinary approach trains students for wind energy careers As part of the Wind Energy Initiative, Iowa State University has launched an inter-disciplinary minor designed to prepare its students for a career in one of the most rapidly growing technology sectors, wind energy. A collaboration among of the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College … Continue reading Iowa State launches wind energy minor

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Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory heads out to sea

Engineering professors at Iowa State University are part of an international, collaborative research team recently awarded $4.1 million from the Department of Energy (DOE). The team, led by Sandia National Laboratories, also includes researchers from the University of Maine (UMaine), TPI Composites, and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Iowa State’s researchers, who will receive … Continue reading Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory heads out to sea

Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Hui Hu pulled a model wind turbine from the top of an office filing cabinet. The turbine tower was just 10 inches high. Its three blades were 10 inches in diameter. It was a perfect 1:320 scale reproduction of the 80-meter diameter wind turbines spinning across Iowa, the country’s second-ranked state in installed wind power capacity. That … Continue reading Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

A laser in Iowa State University’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible fiberglass fabric used to make wind turbine blades. A computer took the laser readings and calculated how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. And if there was … Continue reading Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

Iowa State receives multi-million dollar grant to develop new PhD program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy

Iowa State University will soon become the first institution to award students PhD degrees in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) thanks to a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. James McCalley, Murray J. and Ruth M. Harpole Professor in Electrical Engineering, … Continue reading Iowa State receives multi-million dollar grant to develop new PhD program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy