Iowa State construction director named Construction Owners Association of America president

Dean McCormick (BSConE’81), director of Iowa State University design and construction services, was recently named president of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) beginning in 2016. McCormick’s appointment as president was announced at COAA’s 2015 Fall Owners Leadership Conference, held in Henderson, Nev., earlier this month. COAA’s membership includes public and private owners who [Continue Reading…]

Institute for Transportation research takes novel approach to integrating climate into transportation planning

The following post was originally published by the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation on Nov. 23, 2015. Iowa State University climate researchers have led the development of a new method that could help transportation departments to better plan for excessive flooding, the type of which has closed and damaged some of Iowa’s and the [Continue Reading…]

Joe Vanstrom: Developing students into professionals

When he began his adventure at Iowa State University, Joe Vanstrom was a student looking for a way to get more hands-on in the engineering field. He found his calling in the industrial technology program and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the discipline. Now, he has returned to campus as a lecturer in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department.

BEI Student Continues Poster Excellence at Thermochemical Conference

Joseph Polin, an Iowa State University Ph.D. student working in the Bioeconomy Institute, won second place in the Student Poster Challenge at the tcbiomass2015 conference held recently in Chicago. It marks the third time in a row that an Iowa State student has placed in this prestigious competition.

Juan Ren: Using control-based approaches to study nano-bio mechanical properties of cells

While Juan Ren was growing up, she was surrounded by a family of teachers who kept a watchful eye over her studies. As she began working on her degree in engineering, she never planned on joining the family tradition in education until she served as a teaching assistant during her PhD program at Rutgers University.

Karl Gschneidner, “Mr. Rare Earth,” celebrates 85th birthday with colloquium

Written by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs While scientists often talk about their life’s work, few lives have been fuller than that of Ames Laboratory’s Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. who’s being honored for over six decades of research in the rare-earth metals with a colloquium on his 85th birthday, Monday, Nov. 16. Gschneidner [Continue Reading…]

Jaime Juarez: Studying force at a microscopic level

His research may involve working with small particles, but Jaime Juarez, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, has big plans.

Iowa State extends winning reign at Midwest construction management competition

Iowa State University construction engineering students won three divisions in the 23rd Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 4 Construction Management Student Competition. The event was held Oct. 21-24, 2015, at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Neb. Iowa State won the commercial, design-build, and heavy highway divisions, and placed second in this year’s specialty [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State student cyber analysts win national competition

AMES, Iowa – A security breach is detected at a small business. Teams of cyber analysts are briefed about the situation and given five hours to answer three questions: Are the cyber-attacks connected? Whose account was used to access the server? And did anyone open the malicious email?

Iowa State engineers test taller wind turbine towers made from precast concrete

AMES, Iowa – Hydraulic equipment in two civil engineering labs recently pushed and pulled at test sections of a new kind of wind turbine tower, simulating the heavy, twisting loads that towers have to withstand.

MSE distinguished professor honored for advancements in ceramics education

Steve W. Martin is selected as Ceramic Education Council’s Outstanding Educator For more than 29 years, Steve W. Martin has been teaching at Iowa State, making advancements in research and passing on his knowledge through glass and ceramics courses. The distinguished professor of materials science and engineering was honored for his educational work on Monday, [Continue Reading…]

ISU-licensed tech wins big at international ag expo

Technology developed at Iowa State University and licensed to John Deere will receive three innovation awards at one of the world’s most prestigious agricultural technology conventions next week. The three innovation “Silver Medal” awards will be presented at AGRITECHNICA 2015, a global showcase of ag machinery in Hannover, Germany, set to run November 10-14. The [Continue Reading…]