Amy Kaleita featured in PRISM Magazine’s “20 Under 40”

Written by PRISM Magazine From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “nonlinear, somewhat chaotic” array of microplots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – and ripe opportunities for [Continue Reading...]

Jiles elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

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David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow. He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications [Continue Reading...]

Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State engineers $1 million to study how high-strength concrete can be used to build taller wind turbine towers. “I think this will revolutionize wind energy,” said Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University’s Wilson Engineering Professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative. “We won’t [Continue Reading...]

Ten new projects receive funding through ISU’s Iowa Nutrient Research Center

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A set of nine bioreactors was installed this month at the ISU Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm near Ames as part of an Iowa Nutrient Research Center-funded research project. The bioreactor research, led by ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association, was funded last year by the center at ISU.

Agricultural and biosystems engineering department travels to Brazil

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Nineteen students from Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky learn about Brazilian technology and culture  “Through my classes and involvement in the agriculture industry, I realized how large of a role Brazil plays in the global agriculture economy. I wanted the chance to learn about it firsthand,” said Courtney Harder, senior in agricultural [Continue Reading...]

Sritharan partners internationally on NSF-NEES project

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Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, leads a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with international collaboration in earthquake engineering. The concept for the project began in early 2000, when former graduate student Sriram Aaleti pursued research in rocking structural wall systems. Through the next few years, Sritharan and Aaleti developed [Continue Reading...]

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering chair presents at Board of Regents meeting

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Janis Terpenny talks about the Center for e-Design and Iowa State’s role in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. On September 10, 2014, IMSE Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny provided the Board of Regents with an overview of some important research that’s taking place at Iowa State’s campus. One topic included the [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

Sonal Padalkar: Studying materials systems with microscopy and engineering

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A fascination for microscopes from an early age led Sonal Padalkar, a new assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Iowa State, to develop an affinity for problem solving using microscopic techniques. Sonal Padalkar grew up looking through the lens of a microscope, seeing new worlds of changing colors and patterns. The experience, she says, gave [Continue Reading...]

University and College of Engineering have another year of record enrollment

The 2014-2015 academic year is keeping with the recent trend in growth for Iowa State University and the College of Engineering as more students than ever before are enrolled. This fall, the college has an enrollment of 8,789 total students, surpassing last year’s record enrollment of 8,284. Undergraduate enrollment of 7,523 is up from 7,123 [Continue Reading...]

Anuj Sharma: Direct impact through civil engineering

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New CCEE associate professor’s work improves efficiency and safety of transportation “One of the most satisfying parts of my career is working on real problems people are facing and seeing that work implemented in the field, making a difference,” says Anuj Sharma. Sharma, who joined Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering as [Continue Reading...]

White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology

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  Richard L. Handy Professor David White implements a technology that revolutionizes more than 80 years of soil compaction testing. On a typical road and building construction site, soil is compacted to properly support the structure built above it. Manual quality assurance tests, which are traditionally done with handheld instruments, test soil density, thickness and [Continue Reading...]

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way [Continue Reading...]

E-Week 2014: Engineering a Cyclone tradition

Filled with activities and opportunities, the College of Engineering’s annual Engineers’ Week (E-Week) is an exciting time for student engineers at Iowa State. The chosen theme “Cyclone Tradition. Cyclone Engineers.” emphasizes the sense of community and family created in the College of Engineering here at Iowa State. From intramural sports to lunches on campus and [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumna builds integral Iowa DOT-Iowa State University partnerships

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­ Sandra (Albertson) Larson (BSCE’88, BSBiology’75) has played an integral role in building partnerships between Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Born in Kirksville, Mo., Larson has spent most of her life in Iowa. She grew up in Ames, and then enrolled at ISU in 1971 – in biology [Continue Reading...]

Matthew Panthani: A love for science and engineering since day one

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Chemical and biological engineering department hires assistant professor researching low cost solar cells. While he was earning his Ph.D., Matthew Panthani found a new way to use spray paint – to advance solar cell research. His interest in solar cell accessibility has continued since graduate school. He’s looking forward to making solar cells inexpensive and [Continue Reading...]

An Chen to bring environment, energy efficiency research to structural engineering

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An Chen grew up in Jiangsu Province, China, where much construction and expansion took place. He recognized the abundance of civil engineers, managers, technicians, and other labor who worked together to make urban construction possible. Chen, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, built upon these experiences [Continue Reading...]

Safety culture assessment by Keren saves Barilla money via better understanding of employee attitudes

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The way Larry Covington describes it, there was nothing really wrong with the safety record at Barilla America, but things in 2013 just didn’t seem to be getting any better. “Our safety record for the most part was performing at good levels,” Covington, senior plant manager at the pasta maker’s Ames plant, recalled. “We had only [Continue Reading...]

Smadi brings national partnerships, teaching passion to Iowa State transportation engineering

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Omar Smadi, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University, builds upon a lifelong passion for transportation research. Smadi’s expertise is transportation infrastructure asset management and safety. Everything from pavements to bridges to road signs, his research uses data-based decision making to monitor components of America’s highway system. [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State engineering professor nationally acclaimed for traffic safety research, teaching

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Peter Savolainen, a new associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, is inspired by new challenges traffic safety and traffic operations bring. Savolainen joined Iowa State in August 2014. “I was attracted to the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) and its reputation as a national leader in transportation research,” he said. [Continue Reading...]

Ames Laboratory’s Thiel winner of 2014 Welch Award

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Written by Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs Pat Thiel has been named the 2014 winner of the AVS Medard W. Welch Award, which recognizes outstanding research in the fields of materials, interfaces and processing. Thiel, who is a faculty scientist at the U.S. Department of Ames Laboratory and a Distinguished [Continue Reading...]

Bringing virtual reality into the real world

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A German mechanical engineer is using his background in computer vision and object tracking to design software programs that may one day materialize lifelike 3-D models. Is the table in front of you a real or digital copy? Right now, you might be looking at a four-legged, rectangular figure made of wood and metal. You [Continue Reading...]

New Iowa State civil engineering professor promotes big data-seismic engineering research

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In Ho Cho, a new assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State University, saw a future in earthquake engineering through virtual reality video games. In particular, puzzle building games he played in high school inspired his future research, which combines structural engineering and computational science. “While playing puzzle games, I video-taped [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Mechanical engineering department teaches course in Nicaragua

Nine engineering students learn about the human-centered design process in Central America “The opportunity was great, and I would go back in a heartbeat,” said Michelle Bruns, senior in mechanical engineering, about a recent trip to Nicaragua. Nine students from Iowa State’s mechanical engineering department, as well as Luther College’s biology department, relocated to San [Continue Reading...]

Mingyi Hong: Interacting with students and developing better ways of life

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New IMSE professor brings interdisciplinary background and optimization research to ISU “Joining the faculty of ISU,” answered Mingyi Hong about the best part of his career so far. Hong was recently hired as assistant professor in the IMSE department. He decided to join Iowa State’s faculty because of the university’s strong engineering college and partnerships [Continue Reading...]