Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering chosen for Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

Krishan Rajan

Rajan’s research in big data earns international recognition Krishna Rajan has pioneered the new and emerging field of materials informatics, which involves the application of statistical learning and informatics techniques to a broad range of materials science problems. Rajan, who holds joint appointments in the materials science department and the bioinformatics and computational biology program, [Continue Reading…]

Change Agent: Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

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Baskar Ganapathysubramanian spelled out a major goal of his work on the title page of a conference presentation: “Revolutionizing Science through Simulation.” Baskar, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and the researchers in his group are serious about that. They’re confident they have developed the tools and the methods to mathematically and computationally simulate problems across [Continue Reading…]

CoE students visit Uganda to improve rural livelihoods

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Summer provides opportunities for Iowa State students to apply their engineering skills to African agricultural practices and education. Two Iowa State student engineers visited the Kamuli District in Uganda this past summer with different groups and for different projects. However, they shared the same goal: enhance the quality of life in rural African communities. Hand-operated [Continue Reading…]

Engineering college names student marshal, outstanding seniors for fall 2014 commencement

Tori Sorensen

Twelve seniors to be honored at graduation ceremony Tori Sorensen, electrical engineering, hails from Corning, Iowa, and will be serving as the College of Engineering student marshal during the fall 2014 commencement ceremony. She will be accompanied by James McCalley, Harpole Professor of electrical and computer engineering, as she leads the engineering class into the [Continue Reading…]

ISU, Grewell to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the [Continue Reading…]

Helmers: Prairie strips can reduce nutrient loss

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The first year that prairie strips were strategically planted in corn and soybean fields near the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, they worked to reduce loss of nutrients that can impair water quality, says Matt Helmers, an agricultural and biosystems engineer at Iowa State University. “Things like plant diversity — the diversity of the prairie [Continue Reading…]

Robert Martin: Teaching students to fly after 26 years in Air Force

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Aerospace engineering lecturer reinvents flight simulator program When Robert Martin began his career in the U.S. Air Force, he never imagined he would land an opportunity to teach others about flying in a university setting. Martin served for 26 years in the Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard, flying F15 Eagles and F16 Fighting [Continue Reading…]

HARMAN and Iowa State University host an “Innovative” event

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Written by Joanna Pisani, Global Manager, Internal Communications, HARMAN Innovation was the theme of the evening at the HARMAN / Iowa State University event that took place November 6 at the NYC Flagship location. Hosted by EVP & President of Automotive Services David Slump and Iowa State University College of Engineering Dean Sarah Rajala, the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher working to save energy with nanotechnology insulation

Mufit Akinc is leading a research effort to find and develop better insulation materials for buildings, appliances and other heating and cooling applications. Larger photo. Photo by the Iowa Energy Center.

Mufit Akinc, who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall, knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab. But he’s determined to see one of his latest projects make it all the way to the marketplace where it can save energy and money. Akinc, a professor [Continue Reading…]

Richard LeSar named an AAAS Fellow

For his work advancing materials science, statistics, animal science and biophysics, Richard LeSar, the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of four Iowa State researchers to have been named 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). LeSar, who is also [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

David Grewell

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumnus named American Council of Engineering Companies chairman

The following is a passage from a Nov. 14, 2014, press release from TranSystems: Peter Strub (BSCE’81), a principal at TranSystems, has been selected as the next Chair Elect/Chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). His term as Chair Elect will begin in April 2015, and as Chairman he is set to preside [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State teams place first in Midwest construction competition

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Two teams of Iowa State University construction engineering students placed first in the 22nd Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region IV Student Competition, held Oct. 23-25, 2014, in Nebraska City, Neb. Six-person teams had 18 hours to develop comprehensive proposals for a mock request for proposals (RFP). Teams then gave a 20-minute presentation to [Continue Reading…]

Interior demolition at Marston begins next month

Poured concrete walls on the west side will protect the building's new below-grade electrical transformer and switchgear.

Written by Anne Krapfl. All of the furniture is removed and asbestos abatement is complete in Marston Hall, which closed in early August for an 18-month renovation. Crews have removed old mechanical systems from the basement, which exists only under the west rotunda, and currently are pouring concrete walls and tunnels on the west side [Continue Reading…]

Hurburgh: Finding space for grain will be a challenge

Charles Hurburgh

Last week, Iowa farmers were about two-thirds finished with what’s expected to be 504.4 million bushels of soybeans, the state’s second-largest crop ever. Just finding space to put all the grain will be a challenge. Iowa State University professor Charles Hurburgh expects to see a record amount of corn piled across Iowa. He said it [Continue Reading…]

ISU part of team honored for excellence in multi-state water conservation research

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Iowa State University is part of a team of 20 land-grant universities that has received a national award for water conservation research. The 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award was presented to the research team on Nov. 3 by the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy. The team was honored at [Continue Reading…]

Jonathan Claussen: Designing disease detection and prevention technologies

An expert in nanotechnology and microfabrication recently joined Iowa State University to advance medical science with an engineering perspective. After watching individuals, families and communities slowly succumb to debilitating diseases – like Alzheimer’s, cancer and type-2 diabetes – throughout his life, Jonathan Claussen is determined to find a way to relieve the effects of these [Continue Reading…]

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

Arun Somani

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

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

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

W. Mark Saltzman

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

Fuyuan Jing

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…]