ABE graduate student embraces Midwest agricultural culture

Liz Luby

Liz Luby studies how antibiotic resistance in manure affects Iowa agriculture Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Liz Luby worked as an undergraduate research assistant in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. Her boss suggested she attend graduate school and connected her with ISU associate professor Michelle Soupir. In those moments, Luby knew she would be coming [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering and LAS professors study STEM faculty engagement

Diane Rover

Researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University are studying factors affecting the engagement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty and the contributions of their work. The study, “EAGER: Understanding and Strengthening STEM Faculty Engagement, the Institutional Environment and Transformative Research,” proposes to [Continue Reading…]

Abhinaya Raghothaman: Childhood dream takes flight

Abhinaya Raghothaman

ISU senior travels to United States and sets life goal Many children dream about what they will be when they grow up, but few achieve this goal. Abhinaya Raghothaman, aerospace engineering senior, is one of the few. Raghothaman moved from New Delhi, India, to Dubuque, Iowa, when she was 13 years old. She was extremely [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

Award-winning team (pictured from left): Raha Hamzeie, Bo Wang, Amrita Goswamy, Brendan Russo, Associate Professor Peter Savolainen, Georges Bou-Saab, Emira Rista, and Timothy Barrette.

A team of students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Contest. The award was presented at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa State team comprised seven [Continue Reading…]

Dan Donahue: Get involved in everything

Dan Donahue

Research and Greek life teach aerospace engineering senior the importance of being a team player Most freshmen at Iowa State never imagine they will be on a research team to design an airplane that goes faster than the speed of sound. Aerospace engineering senior Dan Donahue is doing just that. His research experiences have also [Continue Reading…]

Jake Harry: Combining an interest of math with engineering to ultimately help others

Jake Harry

Aerospace engineering senior says being engaged in and outside of classroom shaped his adventure at Iowa State Sometimes things are meant to go together. For Jake Harry, a senior in aerospace engineering, that serendipity was applying his math skills in an engineering field. “I’ve always enjoyed using math to build something useful and help other [Continue Reading…]

Three engineering women join group recognized for impact at Iowa State

Diane Rover

Diane Rover, Andrea Dvorak and Julia Anderson-Lee pictured in calendar published by Catt Center for Women and Politics The ninth annual Women Impacting ISU calendar will honor 12 women from Iowa State. Three people affiliated with the College of Engineering are honored to be part of the new calendar, which was unveiled on Wednesday, January 14, [Continue Reading…]

Chemist by trade studies catalyst design in engineering program

Jean-Phillippe Tessonnier

CBE’s Jean-Philippe Tessonnier adds to biomass conversion research at Iowa State When Jean-Philippe Tessonnier began college at the University of Strasbourg in France, he decided to major in chemistry. As he progressed further into the bachelor’s program, Tessonnier realized that he wanted to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to industrially relevant problems. This [Continue Reading…]

New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

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Peng Wei, a self-titled “airplane nerd,” joins the Iowa State faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering beginning in January 2015. He’ll teach two classes in systems engineering and work on three areas of research related to his biggest interest: air traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and airline and airport operations. Wei earned his [Continue Reading…]

Harmon plays key role in new state-of-the-art home for his department

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Extension specialists are trained to be able to communicate technical information to a wide range of audiences. They act as bridges between research and application, so it was no surprise that Jay Harmon, agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) professor, brought those skills to the construction of the Biorenewables Complex. Harmon’s combination of expertise, communication skills [Continue Reading…]

Hundreds of Iowa students to show off LEGO skills, compete for Iowa Championship

The new year was started off with Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship, which was held on Saturday, January 10. Mechanical engineering senior Christopher Guetzlaff was one of two event co-chairs. Read more about the event at the Iowa State News Service.

SHRP 2: Iowa State engineers help build national highway research program

Iowa State University researchers are at the forefront of a national highway research program – The Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 is a second-generation national highway research program administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) and in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association [Continue Reading…]

Artifacts found as Marston renovation continues

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Marston Hall continues its 60,000 square feet renovation, and construction workers have found several unique artifacts during the excavation process. The first artifact, a plate found under the floor by the dean’s office, is believed to be pottery made prior to 1897 by Alfred Meakin (Ltd.), Royal Albert, Victoria, and Highgate Potteries, Tunstall. The pottery [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State alumna wins ACI Young Professional Essay Contest

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  Ezgi Yurdakul (MSCE’10, PhDCE’13) won the 2014 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Young Professional Essay Contest. ACI honored her essay on correcting misconceptions about sustainability in concrete structures, bridges and pavements. “Although we have developed many things that help build today’s world, we have overlooked some key principles of sustainability,” Yurdakul said. Her essay raises [Continue Reading…]

Two from ECpE elected IEEE Fellows

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David Weiss and Manimaran Govindarasu recently were elected Fellows of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). The two became the 14th and 15th ECpE faculty members to be named IEEE Fellows. Weiss, Professor of Software Engineering, was elected for his contributions to software measurement and product line engineering. “I am very pleased to [Continue Reading…]

Cyclones advance space exploration while working on Orion’s first test flight

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Aerospace engineering alumni are part of successful NASA test flight mission NASA began a new era of exploration with the Orion test flight on December 5, 2014. The Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) was a two-orbit and nearly five-hour mission to test critical Orion systems, including the avionics, parachute and heatshield. This program would not be [Continue Reading…]

Lee Trask: Helping others learn by asking questions

Lee Trask

Graduate student studies polymers and creates research opportunities for students in Des Moines classrooms. Lee Trask has always wanted to help others learn. Even during his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering and mathematics at Iowa State, he served as a supplemental instruction leader and teaching assistant, where he spent ten semesters working with students on [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State assistant professor studies interdisciplinary area of data science and system science after career in industry

Soumik Sarkar

From engineering to mathematics and physics, Soumik Sarkar’s varied experience has given him a strong foundation for building a research program and educating others. As Soumik Sarkar settles into the mechanical engineering department as an assistant professor, he’ll continue to pursue complex systems and data in as many ways as he can. Sarkar initially received [Continue Reading…]

Ionic liquids open door to better rare-earth materials processing

U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute materials chemist Anja Mudring is harnessing the promising qualities of ionic liquids, salts in a liquid state, to optimize processes for critical materials. Read the full story at the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory.

New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management Practices Assessment Tool, AMPAT for short, is web-based and available at no charge at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat. “The website was developed to help [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

Geiken and Kraft's team met with Senator Chuck Grassley while in Washington, D.C.

Real World Design Challenge hosts Iowa State freshmen in Washington, D.C. Getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been an educational goal for many schools, organizations and the government. The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) also has this goal, which it emphasizes during state competitions and a national competition in [Continue Reading…]

Materials science and engineering professor selected as American Physical Society Fellow

The American Physical Society strives to become the leading source for physics information that advances science and humanity. APS has more than 50,000 members as of 2014, but only a select few are chosen to serve as fellow. Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, has joined the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities

Kurt Rosentrater

Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is studying how food derived from corn and soy can [Continue Reading…]

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…]