Difference Makers: Biomaterial, Electrical & Mechanical

Surya Mallapragada, Ph.D. (IN A ’95), has been “researching the materials in both vaccine use and tissue engineering, which could include creating artificial tissue and organs or to create cell tissue growth.” Dr. Mallapragada is the inaugural Iowa State University Carol Vohs Johnson Chair in chemical and biological engineering, a professor of materials science and engineering, and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and has been researching biomaterials for almost 20 years.

Click here to read the article for more information on her research and the applications for improving the medical field.


The Topeka Capital-Journal (KS) recently profiled Nick P. Long, P.E. (KS G ’09), who returns home each year for Christmas regardless of where his work takes him. Long is a MEP engineer with Arup currently living in Hong Kong. According to the article, his work takes him “across the world designing the electrical systems that keep major buildings running efficiently.”

He earned his degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University, is currently working on the tallest statue in the world in India, and has worked on projects in at least 15 countries.


A partnership between engineering students at Utah State University (USU) and ICON Health & Fitness provided a Christmas gift in the form of a tandem cycle for a woman with spina bifida. The idea for the project started with ICON project engineering manager Kurt E. Finlayson, UT A ’91, who then enlisted the support of USU students. Read the article here.

Rees Fullmer, associate professor of engineering at USU, talked about the work his students did over a year and a half to make the “Tandemonium” cycle. A required senior engineering design class requires students to build a project before they graduate. “ICON brought the idea to us and we thought it would be a great collaboration between Common Grounds’ needs, ICON’s abilities and what our students can produce,” Fullmer said. “It’s a classical mechanical design problem. It requires innovation because it’s not a standard bike … (My students) did pretty well.”


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