Change Agent: Warren Madden

ITec alum named new Edinboro University president

H. Fred Walker, currently dean of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Applied Science and Technology, becomes Edinboro University’s 18th president, effective July 1. Walker, who holds a doctorate in industrial education and technology from Iowa State University, succeeds Julie Wollman as president of Edinboro University.

Nastaran Hashemi receives UHC Mentoring and Teaching Award

Nastaran Hashemi, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently received the University Honors Committee Award for Teaching and Mentoring.

ISU students get hands-on experience with biomass production

ISU students, including Phil Skogmo an industrial technology senior, and their work at the BioCentury Research Farm were featured on KWQC TV6 on May 10. Students there are at the forefront of cutting edge biomass research, in hopes of creating a world with less waste and more profit. The BCRF is the only facility of its [Continue Reading…]

Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability

Growing a lush and environmentally friendly lawn might be easier thanks in part to some Iowa soybeans and some innovative research from the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and CB2 Director, and James Schrader, an associate scientist in horticulture, lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials [Continue Reading…]

Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences

Hongwei Xin, said he hoped consumers always will be able to choose between conventionally produced eggs and cage-free eggs, each of which has its pros and cons. Most of the corporate commitments to cage-free eggs have 2020 or 2025 deadlines, he said, because it can take years to complete the transition. Cage-free eggs cost more to produce [Continue Reading…]

AFIA, Iowa State offer FSMA training

The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and Iowa State University are offering a 2.5-day course leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a “preventive controls qualified individual” (PCQI) for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The course, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, will be held June 27-29, 2016, at Elings Hall on the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Baja team wins first endurance race of the season, aims for more

Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team has already won a long race and earned a top-10 overall finish. The team’s racing season still has stops in California and New York. To get ready, the student-engineers have been collecting data and fine-tuning their off-road racer.

Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

Engineers from across the country — including Iowa State’s Ted Heindel — will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

Student – industry collaboration aims to capture energy from the prairie

Written by Bob Mills, communications and marketing for the Bioeconomy Institute Two teams of mechanical engineering students from Iowa State University have designed a system to convert prairie grasses into fuels and other products as part of their senior capstone project. The effort involved close collaboration with an industrial company, Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC, including a visit [Continue Reading…]

Franklin Energy Awards Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis.– Franklin Energy Services, LLC, a leading national energy efficiency program implementation firm, is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the annual Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow scholarship. Awardees include Sage Lincoln (University of Pittsburgh) and Andrew Peterson (Iowa State University).

Professor’s article in top 100 Scientific Reports

  Associate professor, Jaeyoun Kim’s article, ‘Microrobotic tentacles with spiral bending capability based on shape-engineered elastomeric microtubes’,  placed as one of the top 100 read Scientific Reports articles in 2015, out of almost 11,000 papers published. Kim’s article discusses a new, direct peeling-based technique for building long and thin, highly deformable microtubes and a semi-analytical [Continue Reading…]