Class develops proposal to improve transportation safety on campus

Many cities have functioning bike share programs to help people get around the cities faster, save money and reduce pollution than driving a car. Now, bike share has potential to come to Iowa State and give students the option of getting to these places faster and with less pollution. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

On a warm spring day, Iowa State’s campus appears to swell with people. Eager to enjoy the outdoors after a long winter, students pack the sidewalks and roadways as they head to their next class. CyRide drivers carefully navigate the crowded streets, keeping a wary eye out for distracted students that jaywalk in front of [Continue Reading…]

Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Young innovators bring creations to life in NASA Goddard Spinoff Challenge

Which of NASA’s space-venturing creations would you like to see used on Earth? Are there ways to reinvent spacecraft technologies that could improve the lives of humans? Students across the country joined forces to answer these questions and ultimately design a virtual environment for showcasing ideas in the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Spinoff Challenge. [Continue Reading…]

Does hog size impact manure production?

Daniel Andersen, aka Dr. Manure, addresses a multi-part question about the proper facility design and size to adequately handle the manure produced in a swine operation in a late-April blog. Andersen is an assistant professor in the Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. He had received the question “why are more swine farmers [Continue Reading…]

French high jumper Vallet warming to life at Iowa State

A little Googling took Marine Vallet a long way. The high jumper from France needed to complete a study-abroad program as part of her degree requirements for INSA Rennes. So the materials engineering major did a little research and landed at Iowa State. She found the corresponding courses. She got along well with the coaches. [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators

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Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]

Buchele awarded Anson Marston Medal

Wesley Buchele, professor emeritus of ISU’s department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, served in the U.S. Army and worked as a tractor engineer at the Deere & Company Waterloo Works before embarking on a career in academia. He began as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas in 1948 and then joined Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

IE grad students, alum featured in Des Moines Register

Morgan Hampel (MSIE’15), Tyler Fox, graduate student in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and Justin Coaldrake (BSIE’14) were featured in an article in the Des Moines Register. In the article, they discuss how they co-founded ClinicNote, a reporting and note-taking tool for speech pathologists, who have to provide patient progress reports so insurance companies can determine [Continue Reading…]

Robotic Weeders

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A new line of thinking in weed control – small, nimble, and sustainable – is gaining traction. The robotic mechanical intra-row weeder project is being proposed by Iowa State University (ISU) agricultural and biosystems engineering professors Brian Steward and Lie Tang. Originally funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Marketing and Food System Initiative [Continue Reading…]

Iowa leads in wind

At the end of the 2014 year, Iowa produced 28.5 percent of its electricity from wind energy, making it No. 1 in wind energy throughout the nation. Sri Sritharan, professor of civil, construction, and environmental engineering as well as associate head for graduate study and research says the state’s success comes from its ability to [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State one of 128 teams to compete in worldwide computer programming contest

Senior lecturer Simanta Mitra coaches team members Tyler Uhlenkamp, senior in software engineering, and Jacob Smith, freshman in software engineering, for a computer programming contest. The team will travel to Marrakech, Morocco to compete against 127 teams from around the world.

A team of three ISU computer programmers will be competing at the International Collegiate Programming Contest “Battle of the Brains” in Marrakech, Morocco from May 16 to 20. Tyler Uhlenkamp, Trevor Boone, and Jacob Smith were selected after a long process of challenges and trials to prove their programming abilities. Their coach, Simanta Mitra, a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State bids farewell to graduating class of 2015

Three commencement ceremonies this weekend gave Iowa State over 4,000 new alumni. The Graduate college commencement happened Friday, with an address by Susan Lamont, C.F. Curtis Distinguished Professor in agricultural and life sciences. “I propose to you tonight that when you follow your own internal compass guided by your own personal set of wisely chosen [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace graduate students recognized at PDC

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The 4th IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) was held April 13 – 17, 2015, in Frascati, Italy. The theme was “Assessing Impact Risk & Managing Response.” Over 300 people from all over the world traveled to Frascati, a town in the province of Rome in central Italy. Representing Iowa State University and the Department of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University studying water storage to benefit crops, waterways

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Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce nitrate-nitrogen loss into waterways. The project, led by Purdue University, began this month and is funded by a $5 [Continue Reading…]

ILF Program Director Jacqueline Comito honored with National Wetlands Award

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The Environmental Law Institute (ELI), Washington, D.C., is announcing the recipients of the prestigious National Wetland Awards. For 26 years, individuals from across the country have been recognized for their exceptional and innovative contributions to wetlands. “Dedication, perseverance and excellence mark the common attributes of the extraordinary individuals recognized as this year’s National Wetlands Award [Continue Reading…]

CB2: Collaboration on biobased products

Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites was founded in 2014 as a premier research center dedicated to biobased plastics and composites. It is a collaborative effort by the Biopolymers & Biocomposites Research Team at Iowa State University (director, David Grewell, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering), the Composite Materials and Engineering Center at [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State developing nation’s first school curriculum for computer security literacy

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Iowa State University researchers are developing the nation’s first computer security literacy curriculum designed for middle school and high school students. During the IT-Olympics computer competition for high school students April 24-25 at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State cyber security experts will lead a workshop to introduce teachers to the curriculum and its learning [Continue Reading…]

Pit foaming research continues

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A $1 million Iowa Pork Producers Association-funded research project on pit foaming has entered its third year. Researchers provided an update at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. “Our goal is to find and correct the mechanisms of foaming,” said Steve Hoff, an agricultural and biosystems engineering professor at Iowa State University and project [Continue Reading…]

ISU seed conditioning and quality evaluation workshops

ISU is once again offering a series of workshops on seed conditioning and quality testing procedures this summer. The workshop dates are rapidly approaching, so we are sending this brief reminder in the event either you or a co-worker might be interested in the program. The 2015 workshop schedule is listed below and on the [Continue Reading…]

ISU students win overall prize at NACTA judging conference

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Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The Sweepstakes Award was presented for the Iowa State teams’ good showing in 10 agricultural subject matter contests at the conference, which was hosted by Black Hawk College in [Continue Reading…]

New tool evaluates odor reduction

A team of Iowa State University specialists has developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor-mitigation techniques. The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is web-based, available at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat at no charge. “The website was developed to help livestock and poultry producers identify practices to reduce odors, and emissions of gases and [Continue Reading…]

Wlezien elected to AIAA Board of Directors

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced today the results of its 2015 Board of Directors election. Richard Wlezien, department chair of aerospace engineering, has been elected to vice president-elect of education. The newly elected board members will begin their terms of office on May 7. President-Elect James “Jim” Maser, Pratt & Whitney Vice President-Elect, [Continue Reading…]

Actually, it is rocket science

It’s not every day you get congratulated by NASA. The Cyclone Student Launch Initiative Team just finished competing against approximately 20 other university teams in a NASA competition for rocket technologies. The intent is that these technologies could be used by NASA to collect and transport samples from planet Mars back to Earth, and the [Continue Reading…]

Students showcase research, projects at symposium

Students present their boards and research in a gallery at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14 in the Memorial Union. (Photo by Emily Matson)

Iowa State’s ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Symposium took place Tuesday in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. The symposium included 49 majors, 145 students and 113 presentations of research projects undergraduate students have been developing. The event is coordinated by the honors program to showcase various types of research from undergraduate students. It [Continue Reading…]

Graduate students present clean energy product at Clean Energy Challenge

From left to right: Casey Nelson, Matt Kieffer, Juan Proano, Wendy Borja, Edson Vendrusculo and Bernardo del Campo.

ISU graduate students spent Tuesday, April 14, in Chicago to present their product ARTichar, a renewable activated carbon used for water filtration, at the Clean Energy Challenge. The six students represent Advanced Renewable Technology International, a company that was founded in 2013 by ISU students. Bernardo del Campo and Matthew Kieffer, both graduate students in mechanical [Continue Reading…]