Team PrISUm survives triple-digit temperatures and puts laps on its competitors

Members of Team PrISUm tilt their car's solar array to the sun for better charging. Once the day's solar racing is done, competing teams have several hours to recharge their cars' battery packs. Photo by the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

It was 104 degrees in the pits at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. And that was a problem for some of Team PrISUm’s closest competitors in the three-day, 15-team Formula Sun Grand Prix.

High school teachers, students take CBE learning higher in special ISU programs

Boone High School student Ben Clark shows off his research project poster from his time in this summer's YES program

Some of the people heading in and out of labs in Sweeney Hall and the BioRenewables Complex during the summer months aren’t typical students – but then, the programs that brought them here aren’t typical either. Once again this summer the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering joined other university departments in the Research Experiences [Continue Reading…]

Tatas’ group research initiative gets a Bengaluru ‘Address’

Tata Group Logo

The Tata Group will acquire a new address in Bengaluru, the technology and innovation capital of India. The diversified business conglomerate will in September house its group technology office, a team of world-class technologists, in a building named ‘The Address’ in the Outer Ring Road area of the city. The goal for the team, to be headed by the group’s chief technology officer, Gopichand Katragadda, is to develop significantly disruptive products.

Iowa State’s Alleman completes US Department of State, USAID fellowship

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Ukraine. Armenia. Moldova. Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jim Alleman, Cerwick Faculty Professor of Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, provides his environmental engineering expertise to these countries as a way of implementing, in part, key U.S.-eastern Europe policy. Alleman is one of 13 U.S. university professors to complete a 2014-2015 Jefferson Science Fellowship. The Jefferson Science Fellow Program [Continue Reading…]

Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix


The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Andersen comments on the danger of manure pit fumes

A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from a northwest Iowa hog manure pit — the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous manure pit gases this month. It takes just a few seconds for routine maintenance work [Continue Reading…]

Opinion: Improved Testing Could Reopen Bridges

Imagine pulling up to a bridge that you previously used but now is closed to you because of weight restrictions. What will you have to do to get to your destination? How far out of your way do you think you’ll go to complete a delivery or make it home? Well, that is exactly the kind of scenario that happened to me just last year. It was after harvest, and I was taking a shipment of soybeans to the local elevator. I arrived at a small, rural bridge that recently had been given a weight limit that I couldn’t clear. When that happens, it can be a lot more than just an inconvenience.

How to hire top tech talent and keep them engaged

Enterprisers Project

It seems like most companies these days are hurting for technical talent. But Keeper Security, which provides password management and security, manages to consistently hire top developers and coders without offering outlandish salaries or jaw-dropping perks. How do they do it? In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, co-founder and CTO Craig Lurey shares some of the company’s secrets to great hiring.

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

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Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in [Continue Reading…]

UAS could save farmers millions, study finds

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Most farmers are not able to legally fly UAS and will have to wait for the Federal Aviation Administration to finish developing rules to allow the technology to be used regularly for business, while maintaining certain safety and privacy standards. An FAA proposal this year would allow flying UAS that weigh less than 55 pounds, stay within [Continue Reading…]

Boeing’s new CEO: From summer intern to corner office

Dennis Muilenburg, speech

Maybe a few ambitious interns took notice and saw what’s possible when Dennis Muilenburg stepped into his new job at Boeing Co. this month. After all, Muilenburg, the newly anointed CEO of the global aerospace giant, was standing in their shoes exactly 30 years ago. As a Boeing intern, he probably was wondering back in [Continue Reading…]

Former astronaut, ISU grad Clay Anderson on book tour

The only Iowa State University graduate to walk in space is coming back to the Midwest this weekend on his first book tour. Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson flew two missions aboard the International Space Station, spending a total of 167 days in orbit. The 56-year-old Anderson attributes his small town upbringing to giving him the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research


The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), which is housed at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), partnered with the Civil, Construction and Environmental (CCEE) department at Iowa State University to receive the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation J. P. Gleason Fellowship. Peter Taylor, research associate professor of CCEE and director of the [Continue Reading…]

Architectural firm hires civil engineering alum

Matthew Higgins

Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (CMBA) announced that Mat Higgins has joined its staff.
Higgins is joining CMBA’s Sioux City team as a structural engineer-in-training. He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames.

GPM Inc. announces director of engineering

Rob West, CEO of GPM Inc., announced that Terry King was appointed as the director of engineering for the company. In this role, King will oversee all aspects of engineering and design within GPM, as well as coordinate efforts for special engineered products.

Ways to make sure drinking water is safe

Everyone is concerned with protecting their drinking water. Small farm and acreage owners can find tips on how to maintain safe drinking water in the Summer 2015 Acreage Living e-newsletter from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Maintaining safe drinking water is critical for human health,” said Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with ISU [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State attracts a record $424.9 million in external funding for fiscal year 2015

Iowa State aerospace engineers, left to right, Anupam Sharma and Hui Hu are working to improve the performance of wind turbines and wind farms. Their research has been supported by the Iowa Energy Center and the National Science Foundation.(Photo by Christopher Gannon)

Iowa State University attracted a record $424.9 million in external funding during the fiscal year that ended June 30. The jump in external funding includes a $44 million increase over the previous year from the Iowa State University Foundation and a $14 million increase from federal agencies. The previous record was $388.2 million in fiscal year 2010.

Prominent agricultural engineering expert passes away

Dr. Graeme Quick, a retired professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State and an accomplished expert in the field of farm machinery, passed away this past May at his home in Queensland, Australia. Quick was born in Australia, but did work in around 30 countries before returning to his home country after retirement. [Continue Reading…]

Rivero honored for her contributions to manufacturing and design

IIE President James E. Moore and President-elect and CFO Michael Foss present the

Iris Rivero, associate professor and director of graduate education of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, was recognized for her service in manufacturing and design at the 2015 Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual Conference and Expo. Rivero received the Manufacturing and Design Division Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes contributions to and leadership in public and community matters, the [Continue Reading…]

New charging stations in Sweeney will keep devices, and students, functioning

Students in Chemical and Biological Engineering’s home of Sweeney Hall will have a new convenience ready and waiting for them when classes resume in August: electronic device charging stations in two parts of the building. The Mike & Jean Steffenson Student Services Center has received one of the Charge-Tec “Cyclone Power” stations purchased by the [Continue Reading…]

Technical glitches raising concerns over computer reliance, cyber-security

Though he doesn’t think it was a cyber-attack, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson admits U.S. cybersecurity is in need of vast improvements. Experts at the home of the first computer agree. Technical glitches caused The Wall Street Journal’s website to shut down, trading to stop at the New York Stock Exchange, and United Airlines to ground flights. The outages came one after the other, all on the same day.

Webinar series on ag drainage water management announced

A team of extension specialists from several universities in the Upper Midwest are developing a series of webinars on agricultural drainage water management and drainage water quality. Each of the webinars—to be presented monthly from July through December—will provide best management practices for improving drainage water quality and information from multiple states across the Midwest. The [Continue Reading…]

Farm safety, Chuck Schwab on IowaWatch

Last year also saw another record harvest in Iowa. And while the number of deaths on Iowa’s farms has declined in the past decade, it’s still the deadliest job sector in our state. Iowa State University Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and extension safety specialist Charles Schwab told IowaWatch that improving the situation is [Continue Reading…]

Greenhorn grazing to optimize production

Participants in the Greenhorn Grazing program last month learned about identifying plant species, watering systems and managed grazing techniques at the John Schupbach farm near Elgin, Iowa. The next session, offer by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will be Tuesday, July 21, at Country Junction Restaurant in Dyersville, Iowa. The workshops will begin promptly [Continue Reading…]

Team PrISUm confident of quick laps at this month’s Formula Sun Grand Prix

Team PrISUm's solar racing car turns quick laps at the 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Larger photo. Photo by the American Solar Challenge.

The last time Team PrISUm raced around the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas, the team turned the fastest lap of the 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix. Iowa State’s solar racing car negotiated the 20-turn, 3.41-mile racetrack – including the 133-foot climb to turn 1 – in a quick 4 minutes and 35.285 seconds during last July’s grand prix.