ABE alums featured in Resource Magazine careers issue

Two recently graduated ABE student are featured in the September/October edition of Resource Magazine – Careers Issue. Andrew Towey majored in biological systems engineering. He works full time at Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, IA on intellectual property projects that generally involve the pretreatment of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel, either lab or pilot scale. Jason Schuster majored in agricultural [Continue Reading…]

ABE students finish internships at Anez Consulting

Two Iowa State University students are finishing their summer internships in the Willmar area at Anez Consulting Inc. of Willmar. They are Ashlyn Milbrath and Mitchell Hora. Milbrath grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is attending Iowa State University for biological systems engineering and agronomy. She assisted the engineering team with various projects and [Continue Reading…]

Fall Field Day tour at ISU SE Iowa Research Farm

Farmers and those who advise farmers about crops will want to attend the annual fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on September 10, according to Rebecca Ahlers, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Field Agronomist. The field day begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include four stops. “One [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Argo Genesis Chemical to dedicate new, $5.3 million bio-polymer pilot plant


Eric Cochran led the way, counterclockwise, from one 500-gallon industrial tank to another and then another. By the time he got to the 1,300-gallon holding tank at the end he had explained how Iowa State University engineers are producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.

Kohl: Buena Vista farmers eye near record corn

It stands to be a near-record harvest this fall for the Buena Vista County region – but it won’t be a record year for farm profits. So said Kris Kohl, ag engineering expert for the Iowa State University Extension office for Buena Vista County, as he made his rounds on Wednesday. “We’ve had just about [Continue Reading…]

Darr: Calibrate yield monitors more often

Data to drive management decisions is becoming more important as increasingly sophisticated analysis services come online. “The analysis you can get on hybrids, fertility and other management programs is only as good as the data allows,” says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “Benchmarking [Continue Reading…]

ITec alum named President, COO of Toro Company (TTC)

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) announced that Richard M. Olson has been elected to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer effective September 1, 2015. Olson, 51, has served the company in various roles throughout his 29-year tenure, most recently as Group Vice President of its International and Micro-Irrigation businesses while also having responsibility [Continue Reading…]

Supercomputers listen to the heart, model native and replacement heart valve function


New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.

George Washington Carver intern studies wine aroma

Wine aroma

Nanticha Lutt, from West Des Moines, spent her summer studying wine aromas from cold-hardy grapes as a George Washington Carver intern. She worked with Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, and Somchai Rice, a doctorate candidate in toxicology, on the Northern Grapes Project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Specialty Crop [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Soybean Association, to host field day near Roland

Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Soybean Association and Story County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key Co-op, 13585 620th Ave., Roland.

When it rains, it pours: HPC@ISU powers advanced agronomy research

The American Midwest has recently seen significant precipitation and two major floods — in 1998 and 2008 — from extraordinary rain falls across the Great Plains. What is causing this dramatic change in weather patterns? Is it the warming planet? Are the crops themselves influencing dramatic weather changes taking place over the last couple decades?

Alum, farmer in Deerfield brings new idea from college

While irrigation and sub-irrigation or tilling are methods commonly used in Iowa’s agriculture, a recent Iowa State University graduate says it is not commonly practiced in Southwest Missouri. Rusty Johnson, a class of 2015 graduate, says he wants to bring Missouri farmers a new way to combat overly wet and dry months during farming. His [Continue Reading…]

Blasting asteroids: ISU team works to defend against “city-killers”

Bong Wie

On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with Professor Bong Wei about the threat of asteroids and how researchers at Iowa State University are working to develop technologies to prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth. Wei recently helped conduct a three-year study on the feasibility of rapidly intercepting and nuking an incoming asteroid.

Workshop trains students to think like astronauts


A total of 12 students are learning life lessons from a retired astronaut. Clayton Anderson, senior lecturer and retired U.S. astronaut, said his goal isn’t to necessarily train the next generation of astronauts, but to teach students to think in ways they haven’t before. Ten students from Iowa State University and two from Tuskegee University [Continue Reading…]

Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life


Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and [Continue Reading…]

Ag engineering alum named 2015 ASABE Fellow


WILLIAM J. ELLIOT, P.E., research engineer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, Idaho, is being honored for his outstanding leadership in edu- cation and erosion prediction science, and for his contributions to soil and water conservation engineering. Elliot received a BS in agricultural engineering in 1971 and a PhD in 1988 from Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

Harmon receives G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award


JAY D. HARMON, P.E., ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award for his exemplary service to animal production systems through the application of engineering principles and performance in research, extension, outreach, and teaching. Harmon, professor and extension livestock housing specialist in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at Iowa [Continue Reading…]

Nutrient reduction strategies field day to be held at Gilmore City Aug. 27


Farmers and landowners are encouraged to attend a nutrient reduction strategy field day at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site near Gilmore City on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Iowa State University Field Day to cover using unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture


The agricultural use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, will be the subject of an Aug. 27 field day at the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms.

New staff join Iowa State University Northern Research Farm


The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm has a new manager and a new staff member. Matt Schnabel has been named superintendent of the farm near Kanawha and Karl Nicolaus has been hired to assist management of the farm. Both are Iowa State alumni. Schnabel earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems technology [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, astronaut Clayton Anderson ready to teach undergrads about spaceflight ops


Twelve undergraduates will learn lessons in operational thinking during the second Spaceflight Operations Workshop to be offered by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. The students will learn from Clayton Anderson, a workshop coordinator who retired from NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Anderson said the workshop’s goal isn’t to train the next generation of astronauts. It’s to help students think in new ways.

Helpful tips for nuking an asteroid

The worst-case scenario might be if we discovered an asteroid only a couple of weeks away from slamming into us. Brent Barbee, a flight dynamics engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, believes he has the answer: an interplanetary ballistic missile. Barbee and Bong Wie, the founding director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Center and [Continue Reading…]

Team PrISUm survives triple-digit temperatures and puts laps on its competitors

Members of Team PrISUm tilt their car's solar array to the sun for better charging. Once the day's solar racing is done, competing teams have several hours to recharge their cars' battery packs. Photo by the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

It was 104 degrees in the pits at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. And that was a problem for some of Team PrISUm’s closest competitors in the three-day, 15-team Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix


The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Andersen comments on the danger of manure pit fumes


A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from a northwest Iowa hog manure pit — the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous manure pit gases this month. It takes just a few seconds for routine maintenance work [Continue Reading…]