Two recently graduated ABE student are featured in the September/October edition of Resource Magazine – Careers Issue. Andrew Towey majored in biological systems engineering. He works full time at Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, IA on intellectual property projects that generally involve the pretreatment of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel, either lab or pilot scale. Jason Schuster majored in agricultural [Continue Reading…]
Two Iowa State University students are finishing their summer internships in the Willmar area at Anez Consulting Inc. of Willmar. They are Ashlyn Milbrath and Mitchell Hora. Milbrath grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is attending Iowa State University for biological systems engineering and agronomy. She assisted the engineering team with various projects and [Continue Reading…]
Farmers and those who advise farmers about crops will want to attend the annual fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on September 10, according to Rebecca Ahlers, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Field Agronomist. The field day begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include four stops. “One [Continue Reading…]
It stands to be a near-record harvest this fall for the Buena Vista County region – but it won’t be a record year for farm profits. So said Kris Kohl, ag engineering expert for the Iowa State University Extension office for Buena Vista County, as he made his rounds on Wednesday. “We’ve had just about [Continue Reading…]
Data to drive management decisions is becoming more important as increasingly sophisticated analysis services come online. “The analysis you can get on hybrids, fertility and other management programs is only as good as the data allows,” says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “Benchmarking [Continue Reading…]
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) announced that Richard M. Olson has been elected to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer effective September 1, 2015. Olson, 51, has served the company in various roles throughout his 29-year tenure, most recently as Group Vice President of its International and Micro-Irrigation businesses while also having responsibility [Continue Reading…]
New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.
Nanticha Lutt, from West Des Moines, spent her summer studying wine aromas from cold-hardy grapes as a George Washington Carver intern. She worked with Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, and Somchai Rice, a doctorate candidate in toxicology, on the Northern Grapes Project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Specialty Crop [Continue Reading…]
Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Iowa Soybean Association and Story County Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a field day on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Key Co-op, 13585 620th Ave., Roland.
The American Midwest has recently seen significant precipitation and two major floods — in 1998 and 2008 — from extraordinary rain falls across the Great Plains. What is causing this dramatic change in weather patterns? Is it the warming planet? Are the crops themselves influencing dramatic weather changes taking place over the last couple decades?
While irrigation and sub-irrigation or tilling are methods commonly used in Iowa’s agriculture, a recent Iowa State University graduate says it is not commonly practiced in Southwest Missouri. Rusty Johnson, a class of 2015 graduate, says he wants to bring Missouri farmers a new way to combat overly wet and dry months during farming. His [Continue Reading…]
On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with Professor Bong Wei about the threat of asteroids and how researchers at Iowa State University are working to develop technologies to prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth. Wei recently helped conduct a three-year study on the feasibility of rapidly intercepting and nuking an incoming asteroid.
A total of 12 students are learning life lessons from a retired astronaut. Clayton Anderson, senior lecturer and retired U.S. astronaut, said his goal isn’t to necessarily train the next generation of astronauts, but to teach students to think in ways they haven’t before. Ten students from Iowa State University and two from Tuskegee University [Continue Reading…]
Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and [Continue Reading…]
WILLIAM J. ELLIOT, P.E., research engineer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, Idaho, is being honored for his outstanding leadership in edu- cation and erosion prediction science, and for his contributions to soil and water conservation engineering. Elliot received a BS in agricultural engineering in 1971 and a PhD in 1988 from Iowa State [Continue Reading…]
JAY D. HARMON, P.E., ASABE Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award for his exemplary service to animal production systems through the application of engineering principles and performance in research, extension, outreach, and teaching. Harmon, professor and extension livestock housing specialist in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at Iowa [Continue Reading…]
The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm has a new manager and a new staff member. Matt Schnabel has been named superintendent of the farm near Kanawha and Karl Nicolaus has been hired to assist management of the farm. Both are Iowa State alumni. Schnabel earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural systems technology [Continue Reading…]
Twelve undergraduates will learn lessons in operational thinking during the second Spaceflight Operations Workshop to be offered by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. The students will learn from Clayton Anderson, a workshop coordinator who retired from NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Anderson said the workshop’s goal isn’t to train the next generation of astronauts. It’s to help students think in new ways.
The worst-case scenario might be if we discovered an asteroid only a couple of weeks away from slamming into us. Brent Barbee, a flight dynamics engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, believes he has the answer: an interplanetary ballistic missile. Barbee and Bong Wie, the founding director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Center and [Continue Reading…]
A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from a northwest Iowa hog manure pit — the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous manure pit gases this month. It takes just a few seconds for routine maintenance work [Continue Reading…]