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...]

ISU professors develop ‘world’s purest’ vodka

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Johannes van Leeuwen, professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has succeeded in developing the purest vodka in the world. Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, made an important contribution to the research by using sensitive analytical equipment to determine the presence of impurities in vodka. Koziel’s equipment combined [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

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Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

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Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading...]

Hillary Kletscher addresses ISU issues at first GSB meeting

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Many of the issues facing ISU students this academic year were discussed at the first Government of the Student Body meeting. Hillary Kletscher, GSB president, opened the meeting with an address about issues from the past semester, including repercussions of the events surrounding Veishea and the Bike Share Program. Kletscher spoke of the university’s interest [Continue Reading...]

ISU’s IT-Olympics touted as great way to prepare students for cyber-jobs – and cyber-warfare

The 2014 IT-Olympics held this past spring at Iowa State were mentioned in an article posted to The Fiscal Times and The Week. The story talks about how activities like the IT-Olympic’s Cyber Defense Competition “improve cyber education at the high school level at a time when the United States is falling behind in STEM education.” Doug Jacobson, an [Continue Reading...]

Work wraps up on ISU’s biorenewables complex

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This fall, the biorenewables complex can finally join the Iowa State University campus. Located on the west side of campus, Sukup and Elings halls and an atrium complete the biorenewables complex, which began construction in 2008. The existing building, the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, was completed in 2010. The new buildings are home to the agricultural [Continue Reading...]

ISU delegation visit to University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław, Poland

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On the 8 July, a delegation from the Iowa State University in the USA visited the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław. The delegation, made up of Professor Jacek Koziel and Professor Jodi Sterle, along with coordinators for international cooperation, Jodi Cornell and Shannon Miner, visited to draw up a programme of intensive [Continue Reading...]

Safety culture assessment by Keren saves Barilla money via better understanding of employee attitudes

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The way Larry Covington describes it, there was nothing really wrong with the safety record at Barilla America, but things in 2013 just didn’t seem to be getting any better. “Our safety record for the most part was performing at good levels,” Covington, senior plant manager at the pasta maker’s Ames plant, recalled. “We had only [Continue Reading...]

Freshman student engineer finds her perfect fit in ISU women’s golf

After losing four members from last season’s top-25 team, it would be easy to assume that rebuilding team chemistry for the ISU women’s golf team would take some time. Despite the new roster, incoming freshmen M.J. Kamin and Nattapan “New” Siritrai are already fitting in like seasoned veterans after a week on campus. Kamin, who [Continue Reading...]

ABE students in agricultural systems technology featured in RESOURCE Magazine

Professor dedicates ice bucket challenge to students’ father

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has captured the nation’s attention made its way to Iowa State again. Gloria Starns, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering, dedicated her challenge to the deceased father of two former students. “Two of my former students’ father was a victim of ALS,” Starns said. “I’ll be dedicating this challenge and [Continue Reading...]

Hanna receives awards for applied research

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Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, was presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s fall convocation. The award is named for a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans by the application [Continue Reading...]

Mysterious forces make this asteroid ‘blast-proof’

This near-earth asteroid may pass close to our planet within this millennium, and attempting to blast it to pieces may not be the wisest thing to do. Unknown forces apart from gravity That’s because asteroid (29075) 1950 DA, a “rubble-pile” asteroid, is held together by cohesive forces apart from gravity, according to a report on [Continue Reading...]

NSF grant supports simulator studies of tornado winds and impacts on buildings

The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.”

Harmon named interim director of Iowa Pork Industry Center

Jay Harmon has been named the interim director for Iowa State University’s Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase awareness of the [Continue Reading...]