River to river, water quality work found on many fronts

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Matthew Helmers (’95 civil engineering), associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, led the team that assessed nitrogen issues for the science assessment. “Our agricultural systems are important in Iowa but evaluating ways we can reduce downstream export of nutrients also is important,” Helmers says. “My interest is seeing agricultural systems implemented that are economically [Continue Reading...]

ISU professors develop ‘world’s purest’ vodka

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Johannes van Leeuwen, professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has succeeded in developing the purest vodka in the world. Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, made an important contribution to the research by using sensitive analytical equipment to determine the presence of impurities in vodka. Koziel’s equipment combined [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

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Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

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Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading...]

Hillary Kletscher addresses ISU issues at first GSB meeting

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Many of the issues facing ISU students this academic year were discussed at the first Government of the Student Body meeting. Hillary Kletscher, GSB president, opened the meeting with an address about issues from the past semester, including repercussions of the events surrounding Veishea and the Bike Share Program. Kletscher spoke of the university’s interest [Continue Reading...]

ISU’s IT-Olympics touted as great way to prepare students for cyber-jobs – and cyber-warfare

The 2014 IT-Olympics held this past spring at Iowa State were mentioned in an article posted to The Fiscal Times and The Week. The story talks about how activities like the IT-Olympic’s Cyber Defense Competition “improve cyber education at the high school level at a time when the United States is falling behind in STEM education.” Doug Jacobson, an [Continue Reading...]

Work wraps up on ISU’s biorenewables complex

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This fall, the biorenewables complex can finally join the Iowa State University campus. Located on the west side of campus, Sukup and Elings halls and an atrium complete the biorenewables complex, which began construction in 2008. The existing building, the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, was completed in 2010. The new buildings are home to the agricultural [Continue Reading...]

ISU delegation visit to University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław, Poland

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On the 8 July, a delegation from the Iowa State University in the USA visited the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław. The delegation, made up of Professor Jacek Koziel and Professor Jodi Sterle, along with coordinators for international cooperation, Jodi Cornell and Shannon Miner, visited to draw up a programme of intensive [Continue Reading...]

Safety culture assessment by Keren saves Barilla money via better understanding of employee attitudes

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The way Larry Covington describes it, there was nothing really wrong with the safety record at Barilla America, but things in 2013 just didn’t seem to be getting any better. “Our safety record for the most part was performing at good levels,” Covington, senior plant manager at the pasta maker’s Ames plant, recalled. “We had only [Continue Reading...]

Freshman student engineer finds her perfect fit in ISU women’s golf

After losing four members from last season’s top-25 team, it would be easy to assume that rebuilding team chemistry for the ISU women’s golf team would take some time. Despite the new roster, incoming freshmen M.J. Kamin and Nattapan “New” Siritrai are already fitting in like seasoned veterans after a week on campus. Kamin, who [Continue Reading...]

ABE students in agricultural systems technology featured in RESOURCE Magazine

Professor dedicates ice bucket challenge to students’ father

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has captured the nation’s attention made its way to Iowa State again. Gloria Starns, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering, dedicated her challenge to the deceased father of two former students. “Two of my former students’ father was a victim of ALS,” Starns said. “I’ll be dedicating this challenge and [Continue Reading...]

Hanna receives awards for applied research

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Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, was presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s fall convocation. The award is named for a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans by the application [Continue Reading...]

Mysterious forces make this asteroid ‘blast-proof’

This near-earth asteroid may pass close to our planet within this millennium, and attempting to blast it to pieces may not be the wisest thing to do. Unknown forces apart from gravity That’s because asteroid (29075) 1950 DA, a “rubble-pile” asteroid, is held together by cohesive forces apart from gravity, according to a report on [Continue Reading...]

NSF grant supports simulator studies of tornado winds and impacts on buildings

The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.”

Harmon named interim director of Iowa Pork Industry Center

Jay Harmon has been named the interim director for Iowa State University’s Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase awareness of the [Continue Reading...]

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation’s top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction and nearly ready for production using corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. The [Continue Reading...]

Student engineers among Move-In Crew, carry the freshman load

Cars slowed to a crawl around campus Aug. 19 and 20 for freshman move-in days while thousands of students and their totes of clothes, DVDs and plastic dishes were clustered in dorm parking lots. “When I was with my sister when she moved in Illinois State University, it took a couple hours,” said Thomas Siegele, freshman [Continue Reading...]

Fluid Power Journal Profile: Dr. Brian Steward

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Dr. Brian Steward, PhD, PE, CFPHS, has taught fluid power courses since 1999 when he joined the faculty of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He developed a fluid power lab that is used for engineering and technology courses. His educational background includes degrees in Electrical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota [Continue Reading...]

Ames places first in top 10 best college towns 2014

Written by Livability.com College students make up more than half of the population in Ames, Iowa, which is our pick for the best college town. While Ames is more college than town, it provides those not attending Iowa State University with excellent quality-of-life amenities including affordable housing and an assortment of restaurants, cultural attractions, parks and [Continue Reading...]

Talk about water quality and pest resistance management at Iowa State’s Farm Progress Show Exhibit

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Exhibits at the ISU tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Aug. 26-28, will contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about ISU’s involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent will offer a [Continue Reading...]

Impressive salaries for recent CALS, ABE graduates

CALS Career Services has released the annual salary summary for December 2013 and May 2014 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees. The report is the largest ever, with 17 universities participating and more than 3,020 salary data points. The agronomy sector had the highest overall average increase of 2.85 percent, according to Mike Gaul, career services director. [Continue Reading...]

ABE faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

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A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. Michelle Lynn Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the five-year duration of the study will allow the research team to [Continue Reading...]

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase [Continue Reading...]