Plymesser promoted to senior lecturer, brings real-world experience to construction engineering classes

When it comes to teaching, Cliff Plymesser gets high marks for bringing the real-world experience to his classroom. For the past six years, Plymesser has taught as a lecturer at Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). “I just really enjoy working with the students and helping them grow in their understanding of [Continue Reading…]

Darr represents Iowa AgSTATE on agricultural data coalition

Iowa AgSTATE has joined the Agricultural Data Coalition as a founding member. Iowa AgSTATE has been actively involved in digital agriculture strategy and education and summarized its work in a 2014 report on the Digital Transformation of Row Crop Agriculture. Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will serve as Iowa AgSTATE’s representative on the ADC [Continue Reading…]

Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Ian Schneider have received promotions that became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Mallapragada has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The title honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. [Continue Reading…]

An eye on Mars: Li’s photoelectrolysis research could take human benefit to new levels

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) are harnessing the potential of photosynthesis – one of the fundamental natural process that exists on Earth – with an eye on someday using photosynthesis to help humans live on Mars. Richard Seagrave Associate Professor Dr. Wenzhen Li is leading a study to [Continue Reading…]

ISU MCA awarded 2016 Chapter of Excellence Grant, plans scholarship opportunities

Scott Miller’s final semester at Iowa State University (ISU) is all planned when it comes to course schedules. But the construction engineering senior knows that some lessons lie outside the classroom. “All the professors I’ve had, they’ve always emphasized it’s about who you know,” Miller said. The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) student is [Continue Reading…]

Grewell to chair workshop on ultrasonics and food processing

An upcoming workshop on ultrasonics and food processing will be held on Sept. 21-22 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The workshop, Sound Solutions 2016, will be co-hosted by Iowa State and the Ultrasonic Industry Association. The workshop will cover: The use of ultrasonics for food security and quality assurance. This will include measuring [Continue Reading…]

Astronaut Clayton Anderson set to help students understand ‘operational thinking’

Iowa State alumni find success with geothermal drilling

Dan Rau, a mechanical engineering alumnus, is making strides in geothermal energy. After he graduated in 1998, Rau began working as a mechanical engineer for a consulting firm that designed heating, venting and cooling systems for commercial use. That’s when he was introduced to geothermal technology and began to invest his time into researching the [Continue Reading…]

Shoaib receives Robert B. Oliver Scholarship

Mohammad Rashid Mohammad Shoaib, a recent graduate in aerospace engineering, continues to utilize his studies to understand additive manufacturing through nondestructive evaluation (NDE).

Associate professors earn ASNT Faculty Grant award

Paul Schafbuch, Thomas Chiou, and Norbert Meyendorf, all associate professors in aerospace engineering, are improving mechanics and structures courses at Iowa State thanks to an American Society for Nondestructive Testing’s (ASNT) Faculty Grant award.

Reuel joins ISU CBE faculty, ready to train future work force

Dr. Nigel Reuel is ready and eager to start the fall semester at Iowa State University as the newest assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. “I am very excited to teach and conduct research here,” said Reuel. “From my first visit to campus I was impressed with the caliber and collegiality [Continue Reading…]

CBE professor Wu receives major honor from chemical engineering group

Dr. Yue Wu of Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has been named the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology by engineers or scientists in the early stages of [Continue Reading…]