A Message from the Department Chair

At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings. I am so grateful for our creative and dedicated faculty and staff, our ambitious and enthusiastic students, and our loyal and generous alumni and friends.

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.

-Kristen Constant

We would like to wish you all a very happy, hearty, and healthy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with joy and goodness. We are thankful for all Materials Science and Engineering alumni. 

Kind Regards,

Materials Science and Engineering Faculty and Staff

Iowa State engineers study glass in batteries as a way to increase performance and safety

Steve Martin, who teaches and researches in Iowa State’s department of materials science and engineering, has long thought that using glassy solids as the electrolytes in batteries would make for safer, more powerful batteries. But there was limited research funding for battery studies and most of that was directed toward liquid-electrolyte batteries that have had problems with fires and energy capacity. So Martin worked hard for any support that allowed him to study fundamental properties of materials with potential for improving battery performance. That work was all about laying a foundation that would enable Martin and his research group to develop new, "all-solid-state" batteries whenever research funding was available.​ Read more>>

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

A research team led by Cui is working to meet the demand for better materials and performance in electric motors. To support their work, they’ve just won a three-year, $3.8 million grant from the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program. Of that, $2.8 million will support research at Iowa State.The project also includes research partners from the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut; and the University of Delaware in Newark.Cui said the project was made possible by combining the research expertise and facilities of Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory. Read more>>


Ames Laboratory will lead new consortium to research caloric materials, advance refrigeration technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be the home of a new research consortium for the discovery and development of more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient refrigeration technologies, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).The consortium, named CaloriCoolTM, will pursue the development of alternative forms of refrigeration technologies, called caloric cooling, in partnership with the private sector and universities. Read More>>

MSE assistant professor develops self-assembling particle

Shan Jiang, a new assistant professor in materials science and engineering, is pioneering new technology in nano-engineering and biomaterials.Jiang received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and held a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After he finished his post-doc, Jiang went into the industry for one of the largest chemical companies in the world, DOW Chemical Company. Read more>>

Michael Bartlett: Innovating soft materials with unconventional properties

Bartlett plans to use his work to create soft materials that have unconventional properties including ‘smart’ adhesives, deformable electronics and robotics, and materials that adapt their properties, structure, and response on demand. On top of his research, Bartlett is also teaching a senior level class on the mechanical behavior of materials (MAT E 418). He says he foresees a rewarding and interesting teaching experience ahead. Read more>>

Mufit Akinc named interim director of the Iowa Energy Center

He will serve through the search for a new permanent director. Vice President for Research Sarah Nusser, in making the appointment, noted Akinc has distinguished himself both as a scientist and administrator, including service as interim dean of Iowa State’s College of Engineering, and 11 years as chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Read more>>


College of Engineering enrollment reaches 9,645

In the last decade, overall enrollment at Iowa State has grown by 11,198 students, or 44 percent. The student body represents every Iowa county, every U.S. state and 125 countries. This fall, the College of Engineering has an enrollment of 9,645 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 9,312.Undergraduate enrollment in the college is 8,296, up from 7,949 last year, and graduate enrollment is 1,349. Engineering continues to be the largest college on campus.Read More>>


MSE Welcomes New Faculty

We have three new assistant professors that have joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Michael Bartlett (pictured below: top left) specializes in soft materials, mechanics, and multi-functional compositions. Jing XU (pictured below: top right) specializes in materials synthesis, advanced characterization, electrode optimization and battery evaluation. Shan Jiang (pictured below: bottom left) specializes in soft matter, nanomedicine, and coating materials. 

Michael Bartlett

Two MSE faculty recognized during 2016 College of Engineering Convocation

Kaitlin Bratlie was awarded the Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award and Martha Selby earned the Superior Engineering Teacher Award. Read More>>

Martha Selby, MSE Adjunct Assistant Professor with College of Engineering Dean Sarah Rajala.
Dr. Kaitlin Bratlie, MSE &CBE Assistant Professor with College of Engineering Dean Sarah Rajala. 
Constant wins ISU Award for Departmental Leadership
Materials Science and Engineering Department Chair, Kristen Constant, won the Iowa State University Award for Departmental Leadership. This award recognizes outstanding departmental leadership that helps faculty members meet their complex obligations to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, research and service on September 26, 2016.
Ogden 8th Grade Talented and Gifted Students Visit MSE

This month, MSE and Dr. Scott Chumbley hosted ten 8th grade students to learn about materials science and engineering. Undergraduate students in the department gave material science demonstrations, answered their questions and joined the Ogden, Iowa middle school students in eating pizza together. The 8th graders also learned about the scanning electron microscope (SEM). 
On November 3rd, Materials Science and Engineering hosted our first annual tailgate event for the Thursday night football game against University of Oklahoma. It was good fun for all. We hope you can join us next year. 
The Iowa State University campus has been beautiful throughout this fall season. Enjoy a view of the Campanile. 
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