Not your dad’s biodiesel: REG explains what makes 2014 biodiesel better

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Biodiesel is shedding past myths, as production processes and quality standards have evolved. Biorefiners, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc., now utilize inedible corn oil, animal fats, vegetable oils and used restaurant oil and grease to produce biodiesel. Industry standards have provided consistency in quality, allowing biodiesel to be blended year round with petroleum diesel at [Continue Reading...]

Minor in music technology: 5 years later

Five years after its implementation, the minor in music technology has proven to be very successful. Its creator, Dr. Christopher Hopkins, and music department adviser Kevin Judge have witnessed high enrollment and completion of the required coursework supporting its popularity among students. The program is designed to help students creatively apply the use of technology [Continue Reading...]

Researchers study distances from Earth, the use of nuclear weapons to destroy anticipated asteroids

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On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid exploded over Russia that was believed to be 19 meters in diameter. The asteroid struck the city of Chelyabinsk and injured more than 1,000 people, according to bbc.com. The Chelyabinsk asteroid caused panic around the world. It sparked a serious international interest in developing a plan for what to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

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Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading...]

ISU programs encourage young women to pursue career in STEM fields

ISU’s Women in Science and Engineering program, commonly referred to as WiSE, aims to equal the gender playing field in science, technology, engineering and math fields. WiSE has been encouraging female primary school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Various activities and outreach programs have been designed to increase interest and [Continue Reading...]

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

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In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes [Continue Reading...]

New student-made app keeps campus updated on events

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A new app will show ISU students which events they may want to attend. Nicholas Terhall, GSB director of student affairs and senior in aerospace engineering, has worked to expand Ventfull to the Iowa State Campus. Ventfull is an app where students can add their own events onto the calendar and rate events they think [Continue Reading...]

Change Agent: Hongwei Xin

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His father told him years ago on a farm in rural China that science has no borders, and it was a lesson Hongwei Xin took to heart. Decades later and half a world away, Xin has dedicated his career to applying science to agriculture, making operations a little more efficient and life a little easier [Continue Reading...]

Paul Reilly named engineering VP of Voxer

Voxer, a leader in modern communication that combines the power of voice and messaging to maximize team performance, announced on Oct. 15 the appointment of Iowa State alum Paul Reilly as vice president of engineering. Reilly, who received his bachelor’s in computer engineering from ISU, will lead the company’s research and development efforts, focused on [Continue Reading...]

Ag Study Abroad Blog – Jacob Parle, Poland

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My favorite experience about this trip was getting the privilege of meeting other students from another county. I may touch on this again in some other questions, but the one thing that was my favorite out of the whole trip was meeting students. It was interesting talking to them and working with them, sharing differences [Continue Reading...]

Better biodiesel: ISU graduate students receive grant to continue biochar research

Having a job while in college can be stressful, but creating your own company is a whole other briquette in the fire.For for mechanical engineering grad students Bernardo Del Campo, Juan Proano and Matthew Kieffer, that is their reality. Their company, Artichar, works to sell the bio-renewable product called Biochar, a charcoal-like substance used as a carbon [Continue Reading...]

Buchele awarded Anson Marston Medal

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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...]

Iowa State University researchers turn to robotics to improve understanding of plant growth

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Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. The project was funded recently by a $929,773 grant from the National Science Foundation. ISU personnel plan to have a prototype of the [Continue Reading...]

ISU soil judging team wins regional competition

The Iowa State University Soil Judging Team won the Region 5 Collegiate Soil Judging contest held here Oct. 2. ISU hosted the contest, which was authorized by the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Kansas State University, University of Minnesota, Missouri State University, University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University [Continue Reading...]

Digital Repository reaches milestones

Volunteers dig in at ABE

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Approximately 60 people — including landscape professionals from around the state and horticulture faculty and students from Iowa State and Kirkwood Community College — participated in a Sept. 11 service day project outside Sukup and Elings halls. The volunteer crew installed an estimated 1,950 perennials and grasses, 73 shrubs and 22 trees, and hand-spread about [Continue Reading...]

A glimpse into the completed Biorenewables Complex

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Steve Mickelson, chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, sat down with The Des Moines Register to talk about the newly constructed Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, which now house ABE on the campus’ west end. The Register also featured the artwork, “Floating World,” which is a tribute to agricultural progress hanging [Continue Reading...]

Delta Tau Delta receives national honor

Traditional values have landed an ISU fraternity a top-ranking slot among the country’s greek community. The Delta Tau Delta chapter of Iowa State has received 22 Hugh Shields Awards, ranking the fraternity highest in the country for the chapter. Truth, courage, faith and power are the pillars that make up the Gamma Pi chapter of [Continue Reading...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU agriculture experts available to comment on 2014 harvest

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Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Hurburgh, an expert on grain storage, said Iowa farmers may have dodged a freezing-cold bullet last weekend when the possibility of a frost didn’t pan out for the vast majority of cropland in the state. “We got lucky,” he said. “Most of Iowa was about one degree [Continue Reading...]

Ten new projects receive funding through ISU’s Iowa Nutrient Research Center

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A set of nine bioreactors were installed this month at the ISU Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm near Ames as part of an Iowa Nutrient Research Center-funded research project. The bioreactor research, led by ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association, was funded last year by the center at ISU.

New student innovation center to provide hands-on experience

Students in the colleges of engineering and design will soon have the opportunity to work with more hands-on projects in a new Student Innovation Center. The center is a joint project between the two colleges and aims to provide students with a more modern space to work on class and organization projects, such as the [Continue Reading...]

ISU ‘hackathon’ takes over Howe Hall

It’s 4 a.m. and the last thing Erik Fetter wants to do is sleep. Fetter, sophomore in computer engineering, spent 36 hours the past weekend hacking with more than 100 other students in Howe Hall for a competition called HackISU, which is part of an international competition that draws in aspiring programmers and professionals alike [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Iowa State University recently joined with 10 other public research universities in launching a first-ever project to expand the use of highly successful, innovative programs designed to help more students complete a college education. Formation of the University Innovation Alliance was announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C. Iowa State will share best practices in its [Continue Reading...]

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...]