Talk about water quality and pest resistance management at Iowa State’s Farm Progress Show Exhibit

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Exhibits at the ISU tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Aug. 26-28, will contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about ISU’s involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent will offer a [Continue Reading...]

Impressive salaries for recent CALS, ABE graduates

CALS Career Services has released the annual salary summary for December 2013 and May 2014 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees. The report is the largest ever, with 17 universities participating and more than 3,020 salary data points. The agronomy sector had the highest overall average increase of 2.85 percent, according to Mike Gaul, career services director. [Continue Reading...]

Remembering Leo Peters

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Mechanical engineering professor emeritus, Leo Peters (82) passed away July 20, 2014. Dr. Leo Charles Peters was a presence in the mechanical engineering department for thirty-five years who preferred spending time mentoring students to doing research. Peters served as an academic adviser in addition to being a professor and researcher, and he enjoyed helping foreign [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering graduate awarded teaching fellowship

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Joe Cossette (BSME’11) is one of 32 teachers selected as KSTF Teaching Fellow When Joe Cossette graduated from Iowa State in 2011, he thought he wanted to work in mechanical engineering. However, after working at Seagate Technology for two years, he decided his calling was to be an educator. He went on to get his [Continue Reading...]

ABE faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

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A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. Michelle Lynn Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the five-year duration of the study will allow the research team to [Continue Reading...]

Ben Sloan: solving problems for farmers

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Ben Sloan originally majored in mechanical engineering because he wanted to work on cars. However, he eventually became interested in computers and computer software, leading him to his current career at AgSolver. AgSolver offers services that integrate high-resolution data with environmental process simulation and scalable cloud computing resources, providing access to precision agricultural data that [Continue Reading...]

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Augustine Villa named Cargill Scholar

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A chemical engineering student is learning about advancing the future global economy thanks to a scholarship opportunity. Brain cancer survivor, high school valedictorian and Cargill Global Scholar are just three things Augustine Villa has achieved in his 21 years of life. But that’s not all Villa, who is a chemical engineering major with Spanish minor, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State geotech student presents asphalt research in Spanish

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Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University geotechnical engineering doctoral student, recently presented – in Spanish – at the 9th International Conference of Asphalt. Ng developed a presentation on the modification of asphalt-rubber binders and mixes with polyoctenamer, based on geotechnical engineering research under the direction of Professor Chris Williams. “There is an international push [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

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Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is [Continue Reading...]

Darr: Big data can help with farming decisions

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On the Aug. 4 Agribusiness Report on WHO TV, Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said about two-thirds of every dollar spent on agriculture is focused on decisions of seed selection, fertility and land access. Mass amounts of data could have an influence on those decisions. “Because we’re trying to bring all this information together [Continue Reading...]

New study predicts metal fatigue with less data, saving lives and money

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In collaboration with John Deere, Iowa State University materials engineers developed a new method to quickly and accurately predict fatigue crack growth in metals – a costly engineering problem that is responsible for loss of human life. Fatigue ultimately caused the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota that killed 13 people [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State collaborative structural research published in Polymer

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Hussam Saleem, an Iowa State University doctoral student in structural engineering, is lead author of an article in The International Journal for the Science and Technology of Polymers (Polymer), one of the world’s top journals in polymer science. Saleem, Assistant Professor Simon Laflamme, materials science and engineering postdoctoral research associate Mahendra Thunga, Washington State University [Continue Reading...]

ISU students experience astronaut’s workshop

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While Iowa State University is already known for its engineering school, Clayton Anderson wanted to give more experience to students. Anderson, an ISU distinguished faculty fellow in aerospace engineering, formed a week-long space operation workshop for six students. Throughout this week, the students have experienced lessons such as scuba diving, wilderness survival and skydiving in [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineers to simulate and model tornado winds and their effects on buildings

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The Iowa State University Tornado Simulator kicked up a thick and slowly spinning funnel cloud over a model of a small town, overwhelming the miniature streets, buildings and homes. Partha Sarkar turned from the laboratory vortex and announced, “That’s an EF3.” Most tornadoes (about 90 percent of them) are EF3 or less in intensity. And [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project

Iowa State researchers used a 3-D laser scanner (left) to scan a flood-breached embankment to rapidly and accurately estimate volumetrics of the 2011 Missouri River breach. Field performance testing was used to determine flood damage and recommend assessment, repair and mitigation methods (Pottawattamie County, Iowa).

Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER) recently received national recognition for roadway flood damage research. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) identified an Iowa State research project, “Western Iowa Missouri River Flooding – Geo-Infrastructure Damage Assessment, Repair and Mitigation Research,” as a 2014 Sweet 16 High Value Research [Continue Reading...]

Aspiring Astronauts Get Taste of Space with New Camp at Iowa State

It’s one small step in the journey to becoming an astronaut, but one huge step for these engineering students at Iowa State University. The very first space flight operations workshop, hosted by the Aerospace Engineering Department at the university, is designed to introduce the skills needed for students who aspire to become astronauts. “If we [Continue Reading...]

Astronaut Clayton Anderson inspires, organizes Iowa State workshop on spaceflight ops

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AMES, Iowa – The week’s objectives include scuba certification, wilderness survival, skydiving, flight simulation and a virtual visit to the International Space Station. Those objectives are all part of an Iowa State University prototype workshop designed to give six students a taste of the operational aspects of spaceflight training and Iowa State educators a first [Continue Reading...]

Aerospace PhD student’s research aims to make engineering more efficient

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Benjamin Kwasa grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where he studied aviation technology at Maseno School, one of the three high schools in the country to offer the subject. When it was time for him to decide whether to go to college, his parents challenged him to maximize on the foundation his high school education had [Continue Reading...]

Opportunities at Iowa State set Tor Finseth on the path to become an astronaut

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A graduate student and a retired astronaut have teamed up to develop a space-training program at Iowa State University that may usher a new age of space exploration. When he was growing up, Tor Finseth dreamed of the chance “to boldly go where no one has ever gone before,” just like in the popular TV [Continue Reading...]

Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

Several solar cars from around the world lined up on the finish line in Minnesota. Photo provided by Team PrISUm.

With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles [Continue Reading...]

Cyclone Space Mining competes in Hawaii; once again demonstrates it has built a strong robotic miner

Members of Cyclone Space Mining, left to right, Katie Goebel, John Heinig, Brian Jend, Nathan Beougher, David Peiffer, Phil Molnar, Alex Grant, and Faculty Adviser Jim Heise demonstrate their robotic miner on Hilo Bay Beach in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems.

There they were, at 10,000 feet on the remote and rugged slopes of the Mauna Kea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, running their robot through the same volcanic soil NASA uses to test space rovers. “This was otherworldly,” said Jim Heise, the faculty adviser for Cyclone Space Mining. Six teams of students from [Continue Reading...]