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Summer internship leads to PhD study in ABE

Lidia Esteve Agelet, PhD student in agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE), understands the importance of new experiences. Originally from Lleida in the autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain, Lidia has had the opportunity to gain not only an educational experience different from the one she received in Spain, but also a broader perspective on life. Lidia … Continue reading Summer internship leads to PhD study in ABE

MSE graduate student’s research puts rare earth magnets to work

Nathaniel Oster, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, is part of a research group developing rare earth magnets that can be used at temperatures around 200 degrees centigrade. The work has important implications for the auto industry because in electric motors a stronger magnet facilitates greater efficiency. The magnets currently used in electric, … Continue reading MSE graduate student’s research puts rare earth magnets to work

Persistence leads to success for NSF fellow

Mike Steffen, in his second year as an Iowa State University graduate student in computer engineering, is a newly designated National Science Foundation (NSF) fellow. A year of experience proved valuable for Steffen, who was unsuccessful in his first try for the fellowship. Rather than be discouraged, Steffen resolved to reapply. He distinguished himself during … Continue reading Persistence leads to success for NSF fellow

Undergraduate preparation reaps big rewards for NSF fellow

Sasha Kemmet, National Science Foundation fellow and graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, has already discovered something: her undergraduate activities at Iowa State not only prepared her for graduate school but also paved the way for her prestigious NSF Fellowship. As an Iowa State undergraduate student, Kemmet assisted with an undergraduate course, EE 185 … Continue reading Undergraduate preparation reaps big rewards for NSF fellow

PhD student’s interest in teaching sparked by industry experience

Cara Dienes, PhD student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering (IMSE), knows from experience the importance of being prepared. After graduating from Purdue University’s industrial engineering department, she worked in industry for over three years as part of a team that used systems engineering models in the management of defense systems design. Even while working … Continue reading PhD student’s interest in teaching sparked by industry experience

Shift to mechanical engineering directs student toward research career

Joshua Drake enrolled as a PhD student in mechanical engineering even though he didn’t have an engineering background. Instead, he has a master of arts in teaching with an emphasis in science, and his bachelor’s degrees are in math and in physics. What brought Joshua to study mechanical engineering? He has enjoyed tinkering in mechanics … Continue reading Shift to mechanical engineering directs student toward research career

ME grad student works to benefit society through biofuel research

Mark Mba Wright grew up in Equatorial Guinea, Africa. He came to the United States as an undergraduate to study mechanical engineering with a particular interest in hydrogen and fuel cells. He was attracted to Iowa State’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) because of its national ranking and long history of engineering innovation. Once at … Continue reading ME grad student works to benefit society through biofuel research

ABE graduate takes three-cornered approach to busy schedule

When Martha Zwonitzer started graduate school in agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) she joked that she had donned a hat with three corners-mother of four children under 10, wife of a busy husband working full time in corn breeding, and a full-time graduate student. She “turns her hat” as she changes roles. Martha does so … Continue reading ABE graduate takes three-cornered approach to busy schedule

Interdisciplinary opportunities attract Chem E grad student

When Bret Ulery finished his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa with a BS in biochemistry and a BSE in chemical engineering, he found himself in high demand as a prospective graduate student. Bret considered offers from engineering programs across the country. Ultimately he chose Iowa State because of the opportunity offered for interdisciplinary … Continue reading Interdisciplinary opportunities attract Chem E grad student

ABE graduate student tracks gas in swine barns

Agricultural waste management is the research area of Randy Swestka, graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE). Randy is studying the spatial distribution of hydrogen sulfide, a lethal gas that forms from decomposing swine waste. In some swine barns animal waste is stored beneath the floor. When the waste slurry is stirred up during … Continue reading ABE graduate student tracks gas in swine barns