CoE faculty grants funded by Leopold Center

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The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 17 innovative research and demonstration projects that promise to move agricultural production toward greater sustainability while improving Iowa’s soil and water resources. The research will provide new knowledge on soil health, specifically how phosphorus moves under different cropping systems and how certain changes deep below [Continue Reading…]

CoE engineering students return to high school to discuss abroad experiences

Former Ankeny students Katie Powers and Kevin Hyler recently returned to Ankeny Centennial High School to share their experience studying abroad with students at the school. Powers and Hyler are both enrolled in engineering at Iowa State University and spent time studying overseas last year. This story was originally published by the Des Moines Register.

NFPA funded research developing contaminant sensor – ISU Tech Brief

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Students at Iowa State University are working on a research project, Dielectric Spectroscopic Sensor Development for Hydraulic Fluid Contaminant Detection, funded by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop a practical dielectric sensor for detecting contaminants in hydraulic fluids. The sensor was designed and fabricated to be low [Continue Reading…]

Hanna offers tips for saving fuel, energy on the farm

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Energy costs may not be your largest expense on the farm, but it’s one that you can jump in on and make a fairly large impact without changing productivity, says Mark Hanna, Extension ag engineer at Iowa State University. He offers ideas for conserving fuel, including reduced tillage passes, shifting up, front-wheel assist and hybrid [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students part of global challenge to reduce food insecurity

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Olivia Reicks and Trey Forsyth want to be part of the solution to end world hunger. It’s a daunting task considering that it will take a 70 percent increase in food production by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population, but that only serves as motivation for the two Iowa State University [Continue Reading…]

Cellulosic bales dot countryside

While the move toward cellulosic ethanol has often appeared to be in slow motion to outside observers, those working directly with the new industry say much is being learned about harvesting the cornstalks used to run the first cellulosic plants in Iowa and the Midwest. “We’ve come a long way,” says Keith Webster, a researcher [Continue Reading…]

Lego robots promote teamwork, ingenuity

Iowa middle school students worked together on January 17 for the FIRST LEGO League competition. Originally posted in the Iowa State Daily. Written by Dakota Carpenter.

Water conservation adds up in swine operations

Hog producers use a great quantity of water, and in addition to water conservation being the environmentally correct thing to do, producers have a number of other reason to watch every drop they use in their operation. Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University assistant professor in the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, talks swine operation [Continue Reading…]

Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for his department

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Extension specialists are trained to be able to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences. They act as bridges between research and application, so it was no surprise that Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) professor, brought those skills to the construction of the Biorenewables Complex. Harmon’s combination of expertise, communication skills [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor published in Aerospace America

How would a scientist go about destroying an asteroid or comet, also known as NEOs, headed toward a major city on Earth? Bong Wie, aerospace engineering professor and Asteroid Deflection Center founder, offered advice on the situation in the January 2015 issue of Aerospace America. Though experts expect Earth to be struck every 100 million years by [Continue Reading…]

Xin weighs in on egg price spike in California

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Starting 2015, the California egg law passed six years prior finally went into effect, making it so no eggs can be sold in the state unless the laying hens had 116 square inches per bird. Even though the law is in California, any state wanting to sell there must comply. It essentially doubles the amount [Continue Reading…]

Demolition nears for ISU’s Davidson Hall

When Iowa State University classes resume in January, one long-standing campus building will be in the process of demolition. Davidson Hall, built in 1922 and located on the northwest side of campus just east of the Armory, was emptied this summer as faculty and staff moved to the Biorenewables Complex — the new Sukup and [Continue Reading…]

ME ROTC graduate to enter leadership role

On Dec. 20, 2015, three cadets concluded their ROTC journeys during a ceremony on campus. They are now beginning new paths as commissioned second lieutenants in the United States Army. Second Lt. Derrick Hill, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, will go on to be an engineer officer. Additionally, Second Lt. Trenton Speer, graduate in interdisciplinary [Continue Reading…]

New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management Practices Assessment Tool, AMPAT for short, is web-based and available at no charge at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat. “The website was developed to help [Continue Reading…]

Mark Hanna named I-CASH 2014 Hall of Fame recipient

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Mark H. Hanna, PhD, has been selected as the Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health’s (I-CASH) 2014 Hall of Fame award recipient. Hanna holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Iowa State University and has been an Agricultural Engineer at ISU Extension for many years. As a machinery expert, Hanna works to include safety [Continue Reading…]

Repurposing the contents of Davidson Hall

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The 92-year-old Davidson Hall — former home of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department — is being prepped for demolition, which gets underway in early January. An asbestos abatement crew will complete its work later this month.

Andersen offers new “Manure Scoop” blog

A new blog from Iowa State University professor Dan Andersen discusses topics pertaining to the science of manure. Andersen says he will be writing about how manure is handled, options for treatment, how to effectively use it as a fertilizer, potential environmental impact and new technologies being developed to improve manure use. The most recent [Continue Reading…]

Misra represents ISU at UN hunger event

Twenty-six presidents and other senior administrators – representing a consortium of more than 60 universities worldwide – signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security at the United Nations on Dec. 9, creating a blueprint for higher education’s role in waging and winning the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Manjit Misra, director of the [Continue Reading…]

Civil Ladies in Engineering club relates exclusively to women in civil engineering

Rebecca Dailey is the pioneer of a brand new club on campus, Civil Ladies in Engineering. She had the idea last spring and recruited other women in the College of Engineering to form a cabinet and members of the faculty to be advisers. There is the Society of Women Engineers for women in any engineering [Continue Reading…]

ABE, BRT student recognized for excellence

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Kwang Ho Kim, a Ph.D. student minoring in the Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) program at Iowa State University, has been recognized for excellence by Iowa State Graduate College for the fall 2014 semester. Kim, who is majoring in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, received a certificate of achievement and an honor cord to be worn [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State information assurance master’s degree commended

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Department of electrical and computer engineering online master’s program named number four in the nation The online master’s degree in information assurance at Iowa State has been ranked fourth in the nation by The Best Schools. Guidelines for selection included academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings and reputation. The top three schools [Continue Reading…]

ISU study to demystify Hollywood’s science fiction guns

You’ve probably seen a bullpup gun even if you don’t know what it is. Millions of moviegoers have seen the futuristic-looking guns appear in the hands of Peacekeepers, the militarized law enforcers of the dystopian Capitol government in “The Hunger Games” films. The unusual shapes of bullpup guns have also been featured in many past [Continue Reading…]

ISU, Grewell to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the [Continue Reading…]

Alumni couple makes gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State

This story was first published by the Iowa State University News Service Two alumni who wish to remain anonymous recently made a gift of more than $22 million to Iowa State University, benefiting two priorities on campus. A portion of the gift will likely support Iowa State’s planned Student Innovation Center. Public funding for the project [Continue Reading…]

Cube-shaped ISU room is like nothing you’ve ever seen

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Iowa State University’s C6 simulator can take you inside a burning house, an active shooter situation and even a fire aboard the International Space Station. The C6 is a cube-shaped room in Howe Hall on the ISU campus in Ames. Every side of the cube lights up with images and with the addition of 3D [Continue Reading…]