Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Nir Keren (left) and Tor Finseth, a graduate assistant in aerospace engineering, examine a virtual simulation of the International Space Station inside the C6 at Iowa State University. Image courtesy of Nir Keren.

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineer helps Army Lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines

Iowa State's Song-Charng Kong uses this campus engine lab and computer modeling to study and improve internal-combustion engines. Photo by Bob Elbert.

The compression-ignition, internal-combustion engine goes all the way back to the 1890s and the work of one Rudolf Diesel. All these decades later, engineers have developed advanced diesels featuring higher pressures, lighter parts, cleaner emissions and better efficiencies. Turbo diesels have even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. So, engineers have it all figured out? [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering to recruit new faculty for second year under president’s hiring initiative

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New faculty positions are approved for funding The Presidential High-Impact Hires Initiative is focused on hiring new tenured or tenure-track faculty in areas of strategic importance to the university and state of Iowa. The positions span many departments, from agronomy to statistics. Under the same initiative last year, Iowa State hired 20 new faculty. As [Continue Reading...]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

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With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Robi Polikar

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Looking back, an odd series of unrelated events led Robi Polikar to Iowa State for graduate studies. Robi grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. He really thought he’d choose an American grad school near Washington, D.C., an area he [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Matt Dunker

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Matt Dunker scraped together enough money to buy his first car when he was still too young to drive it. It was a red 1966 Ford Mustang. He was 15 years old. “It was a great-looking car,” he [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering alumnus elected to the Institute of Medicine

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W. Mark Saltzman (’81BSChE) receives one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine The Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recently elected 70 new members and 10 foreign associates for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Among those recognized is W. Mark Saltzman, a [Continue Reading...]

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals helps Iowa State researchers launch startup companies

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AMES, Iowa – Fuyuan Jing reached for the top shelf of his university cubicle and pulled down a box of business cards. He picked out a slick and glossy card, the company logo printed in bright blue, yellow, orange, red and green. That card identified Jing as president of VariFAS Biorenewables LLC. Jing said his [Continue Reading...]

‘Parade of Trades’ a popular method to teach construction management

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Shift plastic chips, and roll a single die. Do your part to maintain flow of a project. These are methods Iowa State University construction engineering students use in Parade of Trades, a game that demonstrates “how the consistent flow of work, or inconsistent flow work, impacts the progress of a construction project,” said Larry Cormicle, [Continue Reading...]

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

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In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Richard Schmidgall

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Like so many other Iowa State aerospace engineering graduates, Richard Schmidgall began his career with the U.S. space program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – and never left. The 1983 grad from Mackinaw, Ill., was first [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Steve, Shawn and Scott Foutch

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Steve, Shawn, and Scott Foutch saw a need for quality apartments in St. Joseph, Mo. And they saw a building they could purchase for next to nothing. With a $32 million renovation, the 455,000-square-foot Mitchell Park Plaza was [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes [Continue Reading...]

Change Agent: Hongwei Xin

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His father told him years ago on a farm in rural China that science has no borders, and it was a lesson Hongwei Xin took to heart. Decades later and half a world away, Xin has dedicated his career to applying science to agriculture, making operations a little more efficient and life a little easier [Continue Reading...]

Contributing to society through research

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New electrical and computer engineering associate professor investigates nanotechnologies Long Que always thought he wanted to be a physicist. But after receiving his bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, his dreams changed. He began researching at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top engineering research institution in China. That’s when [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University researchers turn to robotics to improve understanding of plant growth

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Iowa State University faculty members are developing a new facility that will utilize a specially designed robot to gather unprecedented amounts of data on the growth of plants under different environmental conditions. The project was funded recently by a $929,773 grant from the National Science Foundation. ISU personnel plan to have a prototype of the [Continue Reading...]

ExxonMobil supports Iowa State research in biofuels science and engineering

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ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program will initially focus on two research projects with Iowa State. The studies are related to the fast pyrolysis of biomass – rapidly heating biomass (including corn stalks, switchgrass or wood chips) without oxygen to produce liquid bio-oil, which can [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Jim and Lyndi Perry

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra It’s 6:30 a.m. on a cold November morning in Albuquerque, NM. Lyndi Dittmer-Perry, her balloon-pilot husband, Jim Perry, and their six-person hot-air-balloon crew are gathering in the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum parking lot. Everyone has a job to [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State wins ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge

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A student team from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University won the 2014 ELECTRI International Green Energy Challenge, held Sept. 28, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. ELECTRI International and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) challenged collegiate teams throughout the U.S. to an energy audit and retrofit plan of [Continue Reading...]

Materials science and engineering assistant professor awarded prestigious award

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Ludovico Cademartiri is selected for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation 2014 Young Investigator Award Developing tools for studying how plants interact with each other and their environments is a big task, but materials science and engineering assistant professor Ludovico Cademartiri has a solution. Cademartiri was recently selected for the highly prestigious 2014 Beckman Young [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Matt England

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra When Matt England graduated with an aerospace engineering degree in December 2011, he was all set to start his life in the Midwest. After all, he had good job offers from both Caterpillar and John Deere. But then [Continue Reading...]

ISU Alumni Association confers awards at Homecoming

Six engineering college alumni receive honors on October 10, 2014. At the 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony, six distinguished engineering alumni will be recognized by Iowa State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. The event, which is celebrating its 83rd year, is open to the public and will be held at Benton Auditorium [Continue Reading...]

Alumnus elected NCEES president-elect, promotes professional engineering licensure

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Civil engineering alumnus Mike Conzett (BSCE’76, MSCE’78) brings more than 35 years of experience to lead the nation’s top group for engineering licensure. Conzett was elected president-elect of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the NCEES 2014 Annual Meeting in August. He has been actively involved in NCEES since 2004, [Continue Reading...]

Dalal named Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

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Vikram Dalal, Thomas Whitney Professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) was named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor by Iowa State Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert in a ceremony on Sept. 22. Dalal, who has directed the MRC since 1999, has been working in the solar energy [Continue Reading...]

ISU dedicates Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering

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More than 450 people attended the Sept. 25 dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, two new buildings that serve as the home for Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. “I’m pleased to dedicate Elings and Sukup halls as the anchors of our beautiful Biorenewables Complex,” said ISU President Steven Leath. “They [Continue Reading...]