Funds will be utilized to send members to the MidAmerica Regional Conference taking place at Kansas State University from April 1-3rd. The chapter aims to send 35 members to participate in professional development activities, the ChemE Car competition, research competitions, ChemE Jeopardy, national student planning, and networking events.
The chapter is sponsoring two ChemE Car teams to design and fabricate a small chemically powered and stopped car. At competition, additional mass will be added to the car and the team will be given a target distance to reach.
Fuel Cell Car:
Design: Our car is powered by the oxidation of aluminum using aqueous sodium hydroxide which produces hydrogen gas. The gas is collected and then fed into a TDM hydrogen fuel cell where is mixes with atmospheric oxygen and provides the VEX motors with power. Our stopping mechanism utilizes a well-calibrated iodine clock reaction which, when completed, obstructs light from reach a photoresistor.
Team Members: Michelle Ampuero, Gabriela Ampuero, Arianna Adams, Carolyn Jennrich, Derek Bruun, Jonathan Duffy, Jacqui Galang, Jenna Opp, Ellen Wick, Alex Sazenski, Nick Brown, Brian Gates, Vince Anderson, Connor Graves, Austin Weiser
Internal Combustion Engine:
Design: Our team synthesizes methanol and the distills the product to viable fuel levels using the teaching lab’s in house distillation column. The distilled methanol is then burned as fuel in our internal combustion engine which powers the car. Similarly, our stopping mechanism employs the combination of a photoresistor and well-calibrated iodine clock reaction.
Team Members: Victoria Bertram, Abbie Bruen, Daniel Dagle, Joe Dailey, Elizabeth Frank, Andrew Hughes, Chris Isely
Some of our students will participate in a battle of the wits and compare the Iowa State University chemical engineering education to those of other institutions in the midwest — including the University of Iowa (Beat the Hawks!). Iowa State’s teams of fours students will go head-to-head in topics related to chemical engineering and STEM fields. Additional information can be found on the conference website.
Undergraduate research experiences give students the opportunity to employ the principles learned in class to discover new things. Several students, through their work with professors, have conducted detailed research projects and have prepared posters and presentations to present competitively against other students from the region. Our researchers have projects ranging from nano-medicine to harnessing solar energy.