Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]

MyState updates streamline ISU campus navigation

The ISU MyState app has been updated and made faster and smoother for convenience. The original app started off as a college of engineering development team project and kept growing and evolving, but was never as efficient as it could have been, said Travis Ballstadt, digital media coordinator for the College of Engineering. During the [Continue Reading...]

History, suspended

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The four-story foyer in the biorenewables complex was partially filled this month with a three-story suspended sculpture, Floating World, by artist Ralph Helmick of suburban Boston.

Biofilter Conference to Present Latest Odor Mitigation Technologies

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Iowa State University will host a conference Aug. 20 covering the latest biofilter technologies that can be used to reduce odors from animal-feeding operations. “Biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas emissions from ventilated animal and manure storage facilities,” said Steve Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity

As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pigs is like giving them some artificial [Continue Reading...]

Floating World Installation in Biorenewables Complex

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Floating World, a public art piece, was installed in early July in the Biorenewables Complex on the west side of campus. The piece was created by artist Ralph Helmick who worked with a committee of faculty and staff from the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. The piece is located in the Sukup Hall and Atrium [Continue Reading...]

Robot invasion: Big Island to host college competition

In the first competition of its kind on the Big Island, seven college teams – including Iowa State University – will put their robots to the test in an inaugural space mining simulation on the slope of Mauna Kea. The teams from across the United States will face off July 23-24 at the site to [Continue Reading...]

Selected current ISU livestock odor and air quality research and extension

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Air Management Practices Assessment Tool Evaluation of polymer to reduce emissions from swine finishing facilities Estimating methane emissions Anaerobic digestion’s impact on odor, ammonia Diets that reduce ammonia emissions from hen houses Environmental assessment of laying-hen housing systems Quantifying emissions from swine facilities Community assessment model (CAM) for odor dispersion Biofilters conference and educational modules [Continue Reading...]

Big data fueling Iowa farmers’ productivity

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Big ag data, a catch phrase describing the aggregation and analysis of the vast stores of digital information generated by farmers, will fuel the next advancement in their productivity, experts say.

ABE student wins scholarship from meat industry

After holding a record-setting fundraising event during the Food Processing Suppliers Association Annual Conference earlier this year, a total of seven, $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students studying meat science at universities across the country by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF). The scholarship winners include Ashley Collins, Kansas State Univ.; Cody [Continue Reading...]

Helmers to represent ISU in new federal collaboration to address hypoxia in the gulf

Water quality researchers and extension specialists at Iowa State University have joined with scientists at 11 other land-grant universities in the Mississippi River watershed and the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia Task Force in a formal partnership to strengthen efforts to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Helmers, professor of [Continue Reading...]

Agriculture, history and art coalesce at ISU exhibit

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If you stand in just the right spot in the lobby of the shiny new Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, you can see centuries of agricultural history stretching up to the 75-foot ceiling. The story evolves — from an ancient prairie dragonfly to Dolly the cloned sheep — in a series of laser-cut steel [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State is first U.S. student team to win international data mining competition

A team of Iowa State University graduate students topped 98 other universities from 28 countries to capture first place in the 15th annual Data Mining Cup. Read more about the competition here. 

Who do you think you are

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Story begins on page 39. Original story by Kiana Roppe. Ethos: What prompted you to become an astronaut? Clayton Anderson: I was 8, as I remember, and watched – on Christmas Eve in 1968 – the Apollo 8 crew go behind the moon for the first time…

ECpE hosts honorary symposium for Aziz Fouad

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The life and career of Aziz Fouad (PhDEE ’56), distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, was celebrated during an honorary symposium July 7 at the Memorial Union. Friends, family and colleagues joined in the Campanile Room to honor Professor Fouad and welcome him back to campus. “Whether [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural drainage techniques to be presented at Iowa drainage school

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-day school beginning Aug. 19 to teach how to plan, layout, and install subsurface drainage systems. “The last several wet springs have shown the need for good drainage systems for profitable agricultural production. To function most efficiently, all components of a subsurface drainage system should be [Continue Reading...]

Recent rains whet farmers’ appetite for issue discussion at Summer Field Day

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Agricultural engineer Mark Hanna talked about ways to cut energy use. “I think the first thing is to take a look at your energy bill and see how much energy you used, say, this spring for diesel fuel, for field operations, maybe look at how many acres you spread that over, how did you use [Continue Reading...]

Engineering alumnus helps paralyzed man regain movement

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Thanks to technology developed by a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University, a 23-year-old quadriplegic Ohio man has become the first person able to move his paralyzed hand using his thoughts and a microchip sensor implanted in his brain.

Hunger help from the heartland

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Global hunger has no easy answer. But as part of a partnership with the federal government called Feed the Future, researchers at land-grant universities are trying new approaches to the decades-old dilemma. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor at Iowa State University, for example, is an expert on fish feed. He says that more nutritious feed, [Continue Reading...]

Nanoparticles: To be or not to be crystalline?

Duane Johnson, an Iowa State University F. Wendell Miller Professor of Energy Sciences, and a team of researchers discovered that there is no one size where particles go from non-crystalline (disordered) to crystalline (ordered) phases. Instead, they found a range of sizes where both phases coexist statistically, depending on the support and gas surrounding the [Continue Reading...]

Alumni Merit Award winner works to support next generation of engineers

Dale Johnson received the 2014 Iowa State Alumni Association’s Alumni Merit Award. Created in 1932, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding contributions to human welfare that go beyond purely professional accomplishments and bring honor to the university. Johnson received a BA and MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State in 1960 and 1962, respectively. Unbeknownst to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers find evidence of growing polarization in U.S.

Personal values, race, as well as social and economic inequality, all contribute to the growing political divide in America. To better understand the impact of this division, Iowa State University researchers developed a technique to determine if election results truly represent the “will of the people.” Their study of ballot data from the Cambridge, Massachusetts, [Continue Reading...]

ABE student featured as CALS young alumni of the month

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Name: Tyler Romoser Title and Company: Technical Training Instructor, Case New Holland Industrial Hometown: Keota, Iowa Major and Graduation Date: ‘12 agricultural systems technology, agronomy minor Main Job Responsibilities: As a technical training instructor for Case New Holland Industrial (CNH Industrial), my primary responsibility is to design, develop and lead training courses for our dealer [Continue Reading...]

Major league summer scholars

Ever wonder how the future scientists and engineers of America spend their summers? Chances are they’re doing some major league computing, modeling, theorizing and experimenting like Iowa State’s four Goldwater Scholars. In March, William Lindemann, Jacob Harry, Rachel Philiph and Thomas Knief received Goldwater Scholarships — the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship for science and engineering. [Continue Reading...]