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

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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…]

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

Doug Jacobson

Defenders of cybersecurity are fighting against the current, Iowa State University professor Doug Jacobson said. “All we ever are are defenders,” said Jacobson, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “Imagine playing a sport where you could never put your offensive team on the field.” Jacobson is also the director of Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center, [Continue Reading…]

Deconstruction of 93-year-old Davidson Hall begins

Davidson Hall, former home of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, is being torn down piece by piece due to safety concerns and the building being outdated.

Davidson Hall, the former home of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, is being demolished after 93 years. Most of the furniture in the building is being recycled, but some has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. “They had a lot of chalkboards and cabinets that were donated,” said Merry Rankin, director of sustainability. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana

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Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project. Iowa State joins Chemonics, an international development company; the Centre for Policy [Continue Reading…]

Materials science assistant professor uses affordable tools to create nanoparticle catalysts and drug-delivery systems

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Martin Thuo studies low-cost nanoparticle production Creating multi-layer, squishy or solid, nanoparticles is difficult and often requires sophisticated, expensive equipment. But that didn’t stop materials science assistant professor Martin Thuo, who, with his team, run a lab where frugal science is a central theme. He and his postdoc, Dr. Ian Tevis, set out to develop [Continue Reading…]

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes outstanding ABE faculty and staff

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff February 5. Those awards included: The Early Adviser Award went to Jenny Macken, who is an adjunct adviser in agricultural and biosystems engineering. Jenny is an adviser and mentor to more than 250 students. One of her students describes her [Continue Reading…]

Engineering students take part in 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship

Several members of the ISU weight club will travel to Dubuque, Iowa to join about 70 lifters from across the Midwest at the 2015 Raw Midwest Powerlifting Championship on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.  “Some of our lifters will potentially break some lifting records for this particular federation of powerlifting.  Others will simply be trying [Continue Reading…]

Howe featured in ‘Nature’ spotlight on big data

Adina Howe

Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. But she works not in the greenhouse, but in front of a keyboard. Howe is a programmer, and a key part of her job is as a ‘data professor’ — [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State cyber security experts make virtual lab available for classrooms, competitions

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“The red team is watching,” warns the web brochure about the Cyber Defense Competitions at Iowa State University. The red team is typically made up of industry professionals and graduate students. Their goal for an eight-hour cyber competition is to hack into the computer networks set up by as many as 200 students divided into [Continue Reading…]

ISU corn stover training paying off for Iowa small businesses and startup companies

In the cornfields of central Iowa last fall, employees of newly created, small, local businesses prepared and collected corn stover — the stalks, leaves, and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, which launched production in the fall. The corn stover harvesters were trained [Continue Reading…]

How crop waste could become carbon-negative energy

Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to determine whether crop residue could pay off in three ways simultaneously: as a source of biofuel, as a soil enhancer, and as a long-term sink for carbon dioxide. At the heart of their investigation is a heating process known as pyrolysis that turns plant matter into biochar, [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty grants funded by Leopold Center

Leopold Center

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

Jay Harmon stands in the atrium of the new buildings in front of its impressive artwork.

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…]