Materials engineers create new materials and improve existing materials. Everything is limited by the materials that are used to produce it. Materials engineers understand the relationship between the properties of a material and its internal structure — from the macro level down to the atomic level. The better the materials, the better the end result — it’s as simple as that.
Trishelle Copeland-Johnson is a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering. She was recently awarded an American Society for Nondestructive Testing Fellowship for her research in new materials for nuclear reactors.
In the Recyclables Evolved from Offscouring Remade to Music (REFORM) project, students are working together to reduce plastic waste at Iowa State by gathering plastic materials and transforming them into durable plastic musical instruments.
In the first installment of the new “Innovators of Iowa State” video series, President Wendy Wintersteen visits with Steve Martin, Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering, who shares insights on his research to make batteries safer and longer-lasting.
NASA has selected five different ground-based proposals to investigate important problems using existing data from the Physical Sciences Informatics System and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) assistant professor Sid Pathak’s proposal was one of those chosen.
Xiaoli Tan and a team of campus collaborators used a transmission electron microscope at the Ames National Laboratory’s Sensitive Instrument Facility to study the effects of engineering defects into certain materials.
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