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2019 NSF CAREER Winners

Three Iowa State University Cyclone Engineers have been selected for 2019 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). CAREER awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards given to early-career faculty. The program aims to build a firm foundation for leadership in integrating research and education.

2018 NSF CAREER Award Winners

Seven Iowa State University College of Engineering faculty have been selected for 2018 National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). CAREER awards are the NSF’s most prestigious awards given to early-career faculty. The support aims to build a firm foundation for leadership in integrating research and education.

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At-Home Disease Testing: Designing Microfabricated-Paper Sensors For Biomarker Detection

Imagine testing for cancers, hepatitis and tuberculosis as quickly, easily and inexpensively as today’s home pregnancy tests and blood glucose monitoring strips. Cyclone engineer Meng Lu is using the power of microfabrication to create state-of-the-art, on-demand diagnostic technology. Lu, an assistant professor in both electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering, says the key to … Continue reading At-Home Disease Testing: Designing Microfabricated-Paper Sensors For Biomarker Detection

Benjamin Ahn

Educating Today’s Engineers: Examining How, Why and When New Technology Tools Improve Engineering Education

Benjamin Ahn’s research goal is to identify the best educational approaches for educating new generations of engineers, using technology tools available today. “The next generation of engineers will face new challenges, and we have new technology tools to help educate and prepare students,” says Ahn, assistant professor of aerospace engineering. “But technology is only as … Continue reading Educating Today’s Engineers: Examining How, Why and When New Technology Tools Improve Engineering Education

James Mccauley

Modern Grid: Linking U.S. Electrical Systems to Move Renewable Energy and Increase Reliability

James McCalley is working with researchers from across the nation to find ways to tie the United States’ largest – but separate – electricity grids together. In a study that is part of a U.S. Department of Energy $220 million Grid Modernization Initiative, McCalley and his Iowa State University researchteam are building computer models simulating 15 … Continue reading Modern Grid: Linking U.S. Electrical Systems to Move Renewable Energy and Increase Reliability

Jeramy Ashlock

Firm Foundations: Refining Pile Design Models For Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

Many researchers say they want to shake up their fields of study. Iowa State engineer Jeramy Ashlock means it. Ashlock, the Richard L. Handy Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, studies how building and bridge foundations interact with soil during earthquakes and structural vibrations. In research funded by an National Science Foundation CAREER award, Ashlock and his … Continue reading Firm Foundations: Refining Pile Design Models For Earthquake-Resistant Buildings

Matt Helmers with farmers in field

Middle Ground: Examining Farm Field Drainage to Develop Balanced Agricultural Practices

Matt Helmers’ mission is to put the “middle ground” in managing agricultural land. Crops need enough but not too much water in the soil. Agricultural producers seek to get just the right amount of nutrients to plants, without the excess traveling elsewhere. “The overall goal of my research in water quality and drainage flow is … Continue reading Middle Ground: Examining Farm Field Drainage to Develop Balanced Agricultural Practices

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Data Driven: Smart Systems For Traffic Management

Cyclone engineers are using big data to make big improvements to road safety and traffic management. Anuj Sharma, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and a team of researchers are using continuous traffic data streams – video, traffic volume, speed, backups, weather and more – to build automated, real-time traffic management tools. With support … Continue reading Data Driven: Smart Systems For Traffic Management

Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier

New Nylon, New Possibilities

Cyclone engineers Zengyi Shao and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier created a new type of biobased nylon that outperforms nylon created from petroleum chemicals. Shao and Tessonnier, both assistant professors of chemical and biological engineering, combined their expertise in biocatalysis and chemical catalysis to design a hybrid biomass-to-nylon process that integrates fermentation and downstream upgrading. This hybrid process … Continue reading New Nylon, New Possibilities

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Bubbling With Renewable Fuel: Nanoscale Catalyst Splits Hydrogen From Water Quickly and Efficiently

At the macroscale, rust is a common, everyday material. But at the nanoscale, it might hold the promise of sustainable clean energy. Shan Hu, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is developing new catalysts made of rust nanostructures that convert light into fuel faster and cheaper than other leading catalysts. “Rust, or iron oxide, is … Continue reading Bubbling With Renewable Fuel: Nanoscale Catalyst Splits Hydrogen From Water Quickly and Efficiently