ABE students in agricultural systems technology featured in RESOURCE Magazine

Professor dedicates ice bucket challenge to students’ father

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has captured the nation’s attention made its way to Iowa State again. Gloria Starns, senior lecturer of mechanical engineering, dedicated her challenge to the deceased father of two former students. “Two of my former students’ father was a victim of ALS,” Starns said. “I’ll be dedicating this challenge and [Continue Reading...]

Lisa Garrett: An engineer with diverse interests

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Mechanical engineering alumna awarded Tau Beta Pi Laureate award Marching band, Dance Marathon, Tau Beta Pi and study abroad were just a few things Lisa Garrett participated in during her undergraduate career at Iowa State. Because of her diverse interests and excelling beyond engineering, Tau Beta Pi named her a Laureate. In October, Garrett will [Continue Reading...]

Hanna receives awards for applied research

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Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, was presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s fall convocation. The award is named for a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans by the application [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...]

Aerospace alum business spotlight: Firetrucker Brewery

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The building at 716 S.W. Third St. in Ankeny was once a fire station. So it was only fitting that the owners of Firetrucker Brewery chose a name that reflects the building’s past. “We had different names we’d come up with, but then we found this old fire station property. We had 200 names and [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

Martin Thuo: Discovering the knowledge of teaching and problem solving

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Materials engineering department hires assistant professor “Was there another option? I don’t think so. There is just something special about learning something and passing it on to those coming after you,” Martin Thuo said about becoming a professor. Thuo recently joined Iowa State as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. [Continue Reading...]

Identical twins + engineering ≠ identical careers

They look the same, sound the same and possess the same thirst for knowledge and adventure. They even studied engineering for their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Iowa State University. Despite these similarities, identical twins Erik and Luke Goetzke chose to pursue different career paths – albeit in the engineering industry. “We’re not the inseparable [Continue Reading...]

New professor crosses the ocean to join aerospace faculty at Iowa State

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Coming all the way from his home country of Iceland, Leifur Leifsson is excited to begin his career at Iowa State University this fall. He will teach a class on aerodynamics—his favorite subject—and continue his research in surrogate-based optimization. Leifsson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland in [Continue Reading...]

Yue Wu: Ignited by a passion in chemistry and nanomaterials

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Chemical and biological engineering department hires associate professor researching nanomaterials A small fire on Yue Wu’s apartment balcony when he was a child created a spark in chemistry and research for Wu that has kept burning ever since. The fire, which he started after trying to make a rocket with different chemicals found in his [Continue Reading...]

Mysterious forces make this asteroid ‘blast-proof’

This near-earth asteroid may pass close to our planet within this millennium, and attempting to blast it to pieces may not be the wisest thing to do. Unknown forces apart from gravity That’s because asteroid (29075) 1950 DA, a “rubble-pile” asteroid, is held together by cohesive forces apart from gravity, according to a report on [Continue Reading...]

NSF grant supports simulator studies of tornado winds and impacts on buildings

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.”

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation’s top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction and nearly ready for production using corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. The [Continue Reading...]

Liming Xiong joins aerospace faculty, plans to create new research lab

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As the College of Engineering welcomes several new members to its faculty this fall, the Department of Aerospace Engineering gains professors who intend to build on Iowa State’s growing research program. Liming Xiong has big plans for the university, including integrating materials research into the aerospace engineering discipline. After spending many years working on materials [Continue Reading...]

Chen and Zhang take second in MOPTA Competition

IE graduate students Bokan Chen and Leilei Zhang won second place in the MOPTA (Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Application) 2014 competition. They presented their work August 13-15 at Lehigh University and were advised by Lizhi Wang. The following description appears on the competition website: “The management of the electricity system is fundamentally changing and becoming increasingly challenging. This [Continue Reading...]

Alumni profile: John Lanman

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A little over fifty years after graduating from Iowa State, many memories are still close to the surface for John Lanman, a 1963 graduate in industrial engineering. “I think of myself as being extremely interested in data and information, I remember going to the library at ISU and being amazed at the periodical room,” Lanman [Continue Reading...]

IE senior leads new ISU student organization

Steven Way, senior in industrial engineering, combined his passions for soccer and giving back to others to create a new student organization at Iowa State. The organization, Pencils of Promise (PoP) at Iowa State University, is a service organization that is part of an international mission to build sustainable schooling programs in four countries around [Continue Reading...]

Sarah Ryan selected to present at IEEE meeting

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Professor Sarah Ryan presented at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting July 28 in National Harbor, Md. The paper, “Scenario Reduction for Stochastic Unit Commitment with Wind Penetration,” was authored by Ryan and PhD student Yonghan Feng and named one of the Best Conference Papers submitted.

Student engineers among Move-In Crew, carry the freshman load

Cars slowed to a crawl around campus Aug. 19 and 20 for freshman move-in days while thousands of students and their totes of clothes, DVDs and plastic dishes were clustered in dorm parking lots. “When I was with my sister when she moved in Illinois State University, it took a couple hours,” said Thomas Siegele, freshman [Continue Reading...]

Fluid Power Journal Profile: Dr. Brian Steward

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Dr. Brian Steward, PhD, PE, CFPHS, has taught fluid power courses since 1999 when he joined the faculty of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He developed a fluid power lab that is used for engineering and technology courses. His educational background includes degrees in Electrical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota [Continue Reading...]

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...]