Explain to us what you are examining for this recent NSF grant you received. This project is to design and manufacture micro-size bolometers that are based on graphene aerogel (GP). GP is a very light material, whose density can be much less than that of air. GP has a very low thermal conductivity, is flexible, … Continue reading Q&A with ME Professor Xinwei Wang on New NSF grant to manufacture novel graphene aerogel-based photon sensors
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Flexible circuits, sensors, and low power transistors could become more feasible with the help of a research grant recently awarded to a mechanical engineering professor. Xinwei Wang, a professor of mechanical engineering, recently received a $337,730 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems. The project, “Conjugated Energy Transport … Continue reading ME research project to examine two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides
A mechanical engineering professor is collaborating with industry on a research project that aims to develop the technology to produce environmentally sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber using lignin. Xianglan Bai, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is working with Attis Industries, a diversified innovation and technology holding company based in Milton, Georgia, on a project with … Continue reading ME’s Bai partners with industry to develop sustainable, low-cost carbon fiber
Iowa State University engineering students got hands-on experience in wind turbine design, construction and siting when they competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition.
Austin Downey is currently pursuing a PhD in Wind Energy Science Engineering and Policy administered by the mechanical engineering department. He was recently named an honorable mention for Iowa State’s Zaffarano Award which recognizes excellence in graduate research. This marks the fourth year in a row that a ME student has won the award or been named honorable … Continue reading Q&A with Austin Downey
A research project by a group of College of Engineering researchers aims to develop a bio-based carbon fiber that could be used in anything from cars to wind turbines. The project was first started two years ago when the College of Engineering’s Exploratory Research Project provided seed funding for the preliminary studies. Findings from those … Continue reading CoE research project aims to develop bio-based carbon fiber
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
AMES, Iowa – Hydraulic equipment in two civil engineering labs recently pushed and pulled at test sections of a new kind of wind turbine tower, simulating the heavy, twisting loads that towers have to withstand.
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
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
Maybe it is because of his last name or his long history in the energy industry, but Tom Wind (BSEE’74) is bullish on the future of wind energy in Iowa. “Wind power is on a path to reach 20 percent of the U.S. energy needs by 2030 — in Iowa, it already is at 25 percent,” … Continue reading EE alumnus sees job opportunities ahead in wind, renewable energies
Sweeping changes could be coming to Iowa’s energy grid. President Obama recently announced limits on carbon emissions, as he encouraged the use of alternative energy under a proposed plan. James McCalley, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State, says energy companies in Iowa have been investing in renewable energy for close to ten … Continue reading Iowa in good shape under Obama energy plan
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