Iowa State design students help Fareway Stores launch a new venture

Graduate students Jingyu Liu, industrial engineering/human computer interaction, and Julian Osorio, graphic design, were part of the design studio class that helped Fareway create a brand identity for Midwest Quality Wholesale. (Photo by Christopher Gannon.)

When Fareway Stores Inc. looked to expand its reach from retail stores to a new wholesale business, company representatives sought help from the Iowa State University College of Design in creating a new corporate identity. The Iowa-based grocery company — with more than 100 stores in five states — named its new venture Midwest Quality [Continue Reading…]

Global Gala brings cultures together

Colorful flags from all over the globe adorned the walls in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union as students prepared for the Global Gala, a live show celebrating Iowa State’s diversity. This was the setting for the 10th annual Global Gala on Friday night.  A total of seven acts performed at the event, including [Continue Reading…]

Symposium to focus on whole systems approach to global food security

Manjit Misra

The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world April 14 and 15 to discuss the components necessary for addressing global food security. The symposium, titled Interlocking the Pieces for Global Food Security, will offer sessions on nutrition; capacity building, education, entrepreneurship and [Continue Reading…]

CB2 produces biobased plant containers live at NPE2015

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For an on-site demonstration of injection molding with biobased plastics, booth S-18189 of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) in the Sustainability Pavilion was the place to be at NPE2015. That’s where biobased plant containers were molded from Bio-Res PLA, a 100% renewable and compostable plastic. The Bio-Res PLA plant containers are part of [Continue Reading…]

Rockets shake and rattle, so SpaceX rolls homegrown CFD

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At its engine plant in Texas, SpaceX is trying out a number of different injectors and other parameters to squeeze the most performance out of its engines, and it runs tests every day. These tests are expensive and, more importantly, even if you design engines and do physical testing on them and layer them with [Continue Reading…]

​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program

Iowa State University has announced the 18 students selected to make up the inaugural class of a new leadership opportunity for students for the 2015-2016 academic year, sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company. Following their application, 54 students proceeded to the interview process managed by University faculty in the Leadership [Continue Reading…]

Ninety-three years later

March 23: Former Davidson Hall site, looking east toward Gilman (right) and Spedding (left) halls.

Crews made great progress over spring break dismantling the 93-year-old Davidson Hall on Osborne Drive, former home of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. Less than two weeks lapsed between the photos (right and below). Much of the building — both its contents and its exterior — have been repurposed or recycled. The ISU student chapter [Continue Reading…]

Nearly 700 Iowa school students to show off research at state science and tech fair

Eric Koehlmoos of South O'Brien High School in northwest Iowa explains his "Grass to Gas" research project in the Rose Garden during the 2015 White House Science Fair. (Photo courtesy of Eric Koehlmoos.)

Eric Koehlmoos knows just how far a science project can take an Iowa student. On Monday, the senior at Paullina’s South O’Brien High School was at the 2015 White House Science Fair explaining his “Grass to Gas” FFA research project to Bill Nye the Science Guy. Koehlmoos has learned that treating switchgrass with sulfur can [Continue Reading…]

Daily reporter gets hacked

Doug Jacobson

One hour is how long it could take for my identity to be stolen. And that’s how long it took three graduate students to create a website façade that would allow them to see the password that could lead them to my social security number, my identity. With today’s push in mobile technology, people may [Continue Reading…]

Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid

Ian Dobson

America’s power grid, providing electricity to hundreds of millions of homes and businesses, has come under attack more than 360 times in the past three years from hackers, thieves and vandals, according to a USA TODAY review of federal data. Five of the incidents, from 2011 to 2014, were reported by Iowa’s electric utilities, which [Continue Reading…]

Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts

Lauren Cullen, an electrician at Acieta, sets up the preliminary stage of a project inside the industrial automation robotics company's facilities on March 24. (Staff photo/Joe Shearer)

Automation is increasingly a driving force behind manufacturing. A group of area business representatives and educators spent Tuesday learning about robotics and toured Acieta’s Council Bluffs facility through a program organized by the Southwest Iowa Manufacturers Alliance for Quality. The alliance brings together manufacturers served throughout Iowa Western Community College’s seven-county area. Its spring event [Continue Reading…]

Water Rocks! in Kansas City with the EPA

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The Water Rocks! team had the privilege of sharing their expertise with educators and outreach professionals in Kansas City, MO, on Feb. 24-25. The day-and-a-half Summit was in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the EPA Region 7 headquarters. Water Rocks! is a statewide youth campaign to bring awareness and an appreciation of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 24

Twenty-one Iowa State undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

With research on sciatic nerve regeneration, the implications of marginal tax rates on housing prices, honey bee survival and extreme winter precipitation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, there will be lots to discuss when 21 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The [Continue Reading…]

ISU Special Collections celebrates National Ag Day with Buchele archive

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March 18 was National Ag Day, founded by the Agriculture Council of America “to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.” Here at Iowa State, we know that the production of agriculture would not be nearly so abundant without the ingenuity and problem-solving expertise of agricultural engineers. One of agricultural engineering’s bright lights is retired [Continue Reading…]

The life of a college mascot: It’s harder than you think

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A hyper-introverted industrial technology major, the fidgety, long-haired senior seemed out of place. Next to him, a yellow foot and a red felt feather peeked out of a large bag, offering the only physical foreshadowing of what was to come. “I hate being the center of attention as a person,” Collins, 21, said, “but when [Continue Reading…]

Best way to avoid regulation is to show progress on water quality goals

The state is at a fork in the road when it comes to agriculture and water quality, says Sean McMahon, executive director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance. Speaking at the recent Iowa Soybean Research Conference in Ames, McMahon said growing pressure exists to make progress on water quality. Many people are calling for regulation [Continue Reading…]

Rube Goldberg Club heads to national competition

From left, Patrick Favo, Brendan Favo and Jeremy Price stand by the ISU Rube Goldberg Machine they made at Ames Golf and Country Club. The new Rube Goldberg Machine Club has spent the last semester building the 12 boxes of the machine, and will take the piece to a world competition later this month. (Photo by Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune)

Chutes, pulleys, mousetraps, slides, wheels and movies. You name it, the Rube Goldberg Club has it all. The goal of a Rube Goldberg machines is to complete a simple task in as many steps as possible. With the world championship competition approaching, Brendan Favo, president of the Rube Goldberg Club, said the group is shooting [Continue Reading…]

Club ‘shoots for the moon’ by making robot in NASA competition

The ISU Lunabotics Club, led by senior Garrett Schieber, is working on the completion of a robotic machine that could potentially work in space for mining. Their project is being worked on in the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory.

Everything is silent. The surface is cold and dusty and over the horizon — Earth and beyond. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were able to feel what it’s actually like to traverse the moon’s surface, but a group of ISU students is now trying to do the next best thing — send their new creation [Continue Reading…]

Managing carbon like coffee cups

(Illustration Credit: Stephanie Dao)

Many people find the role of biofuels in managing greenhouse gases difficult to understand. It can be readily explained over a cup of coffee. Imagine a couple who enjoy cups of coffee every morning. Of course, they wash and reuse the cups. The husband discovers that Amazon.com will deliver two new coffee cups every morning [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (March 4) announced the establishment of an Iowa State research and extension liaison position. The liaison will have an office in Cedar Rapids, and [Continue Reading…]

Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16

Written by Anne Krapfl Five faculty proposals to develop new approaches for teaching undergraduate courses will share $56,000 in available funds for 2015-16, the 19th year of the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert endorsed the recommendations of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) advisory board, which [Continue Reading…]

AerE department chair interviewed about drone guidelines

This month the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed guidelines for commercial unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as ‘drones.’ Rich Wlezien, chair of the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University, says the current rules are so strict Iowa State students can’t even test the drones they’ve built in class because they pay ISU tuition, technically making [Continue Reading…]

Senator Ernst tours new ag labs at Iowa State

Senator Joni Ernst continued her 99 county tour Wednesday in Story County at Iowa State University.  Ernst toured a new complex of buildings on campus devoted to the latest Bio Renewable fuels and Agriculture and Bio Systems Engineering. “Our new buildings here are the result of our impact on the bio economy and agriculture here [Continue Reading…]

Video game industry is more than just a degree

Kevin Fuller, a video game designer with more than 15 years of experience, gave a lecture about the video game industry and what students need to do to break into it at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.
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What does it take to make it in the video game industry? Everything and nothing. Keith Fuller, head of Fuller Game Productions, spoke to a full room of game developing hopefuls about the ups and downs of the industry. Fuller suggested that an education alone is no longer enough to assure professional success. “Start forging [Continue Reading…]

New drone rules could benefit Iowa farmers, businesses

Richard Wlezien

Newly proposed commercial rules for the use of unmanned aircraft open doors for Iowa farmers, realtors and businesses to be more productive, experts said Monday. “On one side we have this great economic development opportunity. (Unmanned aircraft) can have a huge impact on the productivity of farmland, so we don’t want to miss that,” said [Continue Reading…]