Asteroid Deflection Research Symposium 2008

Wie, Bong

The Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center (ADRC) is sponsoring an Asteroid Deflection Research Symposium on October 23–24, 2008, at Doubletree Hotel Crystal City-National Airport, Arlington, Virginia.  Read for more information ADRC Symposium Program Link to Symposium Summary Link to ADRC Website

Following the Sun

Researchers Vikram Dalal and Rana Biswas are seeking ways to access the sun’s energy more directly through cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies.

Accessible, Affordable Solar

Assistant Professor Sumit Chaudhary is working toward enhancing the efficiency and convenience of flexible, organic-based plastic solar cells.

PowerFilm Makes Solar Shine

PowerFilm CEO and co-founder Frank Jeffrey never planned on becoming an entrepreneur—but then a promising new technology changed his career path.

ISU Alum, Jon Giorgini Honored with Masursky Award

Giorgini, Jon

Jon Giorgini, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has received the prestigious Harold Masursky Award, presented by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. Jon Giorgini earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University; and a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering, specializing in celestial mechanics, [Continue Reading…]

R&D 100 Award for Ethanol Project

Iowa State University and University of Hawai’i researchers have won a 2008 R&D 100 Award for their work to grow microscopic fungus in leftovers from ethanol production in an effort to improve the efficiency of the corn-to-ethanol conversion process. Presented by R&D Magazine, the Chicago Tribune has called the awards the “Oscars of Invention.” An [Continue Reading…]

Material into Ethanol

Say the word “biofuels” and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel. But there’s another, older technology called gasification that’s getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. By combining gasification with high-tech nanoscale porous catalysts, they hope to create ethanol from a wide range [Continue Reading…]

IT Innovation NEES Award

ECpE Associate Professor Manimaran Govindarasu and CCEE Associate Professor Sri Sritharan recently won the Best IT Innovation Award at the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation’s 6th Annual Meeting. The award names their real-time system visualization tool (“RSVtool”) as the best new IT technique or product developed during the past year. The RSVtool helps to effectively [Continue Reading…]

Asteroid Deflection

An Asteroid Deflection Research Center has been established on the Iowa State campus to bring researchers from around the world to develop asteroid deflection technologies. “In the early 1990s, scientists around the world initiated studies to assess and devise methods to prevent near-Earth objects from striking Earth,” says Bong Wie, the Vance D. Coffman Chair [Continue Reading…]

Replacing Bone Fragments

In traumatic accidents, broken bones can be reduced to bone fragments, sometimes leaving a void in the bone structure that needs to be filled. IMSE Assistant Professor Matt Frank is investigating the use of a subtractive rapid prototyping process called CNC-RP to reverse-engineer replacement bone fragments from medical imaging such as CT scans. The research [Continue Reading…]

Shining Light on Policy & Panels

When talk turns to energy and its related issues—cost, availability of resources, the potential of alternatives—what becomes clear is that clarity itself is at a premium. Agreement on any single aspect of our energy present or energy future is elusive, in part because complex questions defy simple answers. Understanding the technology is difficult enough, and [Continue Reading…]