Iowa State University virtual reality system simulates the International Space Station

Nir Keren (left) and Tor Finseth, a graduate assistant in aerospace engineering, examine a virtual simulation of the International Space Station inside the C6 at Iowa State University. Image courtesy of Nir Keren.

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service They say space is the final frontier, but it’s just another day at the office at Iowa State University’s Virtual Reality Applications Center. Instead of boldly going in a starship capable of warp speeds, Nir Keren, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, can reach [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State engineer helps Army Lab study the fundamental physics of diesel engines

Iowa State's Song-Charng Kong uses this campus engine lab and computer modeling to study and improve internal-combustion engines. Photo by Bob Elbert.

The compression-ignition, internal-combustion engine goes all the way back to the 1890s and the work of one Rudolf Diesel. All these decades later, engineers have developed advanced diesels featuring higher pressures, lighter parts, cleaner emissions and better efficiencies. Turbo diesels have even won the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race. So, engineers have it all figured out? [Continue Reading...]

Fall 2014 named faculty positions continue tradition of excellence in engineering

Matthew Panthani was recognized at the Fall Convocation ceremony on August 26, 2014.

With the 2014-2015 academic year well under way, several newly and reappointed named faculty appointments within Iowa State’s College of Engineering are able to bring creativity and insight to students and research activity thanks to many generous donors. The college believes named positions help retain and recruit great faculty while also inspiring leadership, innovative research and [Continue Reading...]

ABE grad wins first place at Iowa NSF EPSCoR poster competition

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“Out of an excellent show, it was just picking the aces,” explained Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual All-Hands Meeting Poster Competition judge Ganesh Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan was one of five judges who scored almost fifty student research posters at the competition July 22, 2014. The top three posters of the competition were given cash awards by Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Robi Polikar

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Looking back, an odd series of unrelated events led Robi Polikar to Iowa State for graduate studies. Robi grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. He really thought he’d choose an American grad school near Washington, D.C., an area he [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Matt Dunker

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Matt Dunker scraped together enough money to buy his first car when he was still too young to drive it. It was a red 1966 Ford Mustang. He was 15 years old. “It was a great-looking car,” he [Continue Reading...]

Guam-native Iowa State students typically study civil engineering

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Iowa State University not only attracts students from all over the country, but all over the world. With growing programs and opportunities, Iowa State is the top choice for prospective students—especially those interested in civil engineering. Among those who chose Iowa State as their college, six are from Guam. Of those six, five study civil [Continue Reading...]

Chemical engineering alumnus elected to the Institute of Medicine

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W. Mark Saltzman (’81BSChE) receives one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine The Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, recently elected 70 new members and 10 foreign associates for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Among those recognized is W. Mark Saltzman, a [Continue Reading...]

Center for Biorenewable Chemicals helps Iowa State researchers launch startup companies

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AMES, Iowa – Fuyuan Jing reached for the top shelf of his university cubicle and pulled down a box of business cards. He picked out a slick and glossy card, the company logo printed in bright blue, yellow, orange, red and green. That card identified Jing as president of VariFAS Biorenewables LLC. Jing said his [Continue Reading...]

Not your dad’s biodiesel: REG explains what makes 2014 biodiesel better

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Biodiesel is shedding past myths, as production processes and quality standards have evolved. Biorefiners, including Renewable Energy Group, Inc., now utilize inedible corn oil, animal fats, vegetable oils and used restaurant oil and grease to produce biodiesel. Industry standards have provided consistency in quality, allowing biodiesel to be blended year round with petroleum diesel at [Continue Reading...]

Mechanical engineering alum and Indian American doctor Subra Suresh honoured

Subra Suresh (MSME’79) will be inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in recognition of his research into cell mechanics related to malaria, blood diseases and certain types of cancer. Suresh would be one of the only 16 living Americans to be elected to all three national academies — IOM, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy [Continue Reading...]

Minor in music technology: 5 years later

Five years after its implementation, the minor in music technology has proven to be very successful. Its creator, Dr. Christopher Hopkins, and music department adviser Kevin Judge have witnessed high enrollment and completion of the required coursework supporting its popularity among students. The program is designed to help students creatively apply the use of technology [Continue Reading...]

Researchers study distances from Earth, the use of nuclear weapons to destroy anticipated asteroids

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On Feb. 15, 2013, an asteroid exploded over Russia that was believed to be 19 meters in diameter. The asteroid struck the city of Chelyabinsk and injured more than 1,000 people, according to bbc.com. The Chelyabinsk asteroid caused panic around the world. It sparked a serious international interest in developing a plan for what to [Continue Reading...]

‘Parade of Trades’ a popular method to teach construction management

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Shift plastic chips, and roll a single die. Do your part to maintain flow of a project. These are methods Iowa State University construction engineering students use in Parade of Trades, a game that demonstrates “how the consistent flow of work, or inconsistent flow work, impacts the progress of a construction project,” said Larry Cormicle, [Continue Reading...]

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

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Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of [Continue Reading...]

ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

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In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters [Continue Reading...]

Celebrating the completed Biorenewables Complex

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On September 25, a special event took place on the Iowa State campus – the official dedication of Elings Hall and Sukup Hall, the new home for our Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). The new facilities provide 100,000+ square feet of research labs, classrooms, student spaces and offices – providing a state-of-the-art learning [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Richard Schmidgall

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Like so many other Iowa State aerospace engineering graduates, Richard Schmidgall began his career with the U.S. space program at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas – and never left. The 1983 grad from Mackinaw, Ill., was first [Continue Reading...]

Visions Across America: Steve, Shawn and Scott Foutch

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Written by Carole Gieseke – Chief Communications Officer, Iowa State University Alumni Association Photography by Jim Heemstra Steve, Shawn, and Scott Foutch saw a need for quality apartments in St. Joseph, Mo. And they saw a building they could purchase for next to nothing. With a $32 million renovation, the 455,000-square-foot Mitchell Park Plaza was [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes [Continue Reading...]

New student-made app keeps campus updated on events

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A new app will show ISU students which events they may want to attend. Nicholas Terhall, GSB director of student affairs and senior in aerospace engineering, has worked to expand Ventfull to the Iowa State Campus. Ventfull is an app where students can add their own events onto the calendar and rate events they think [Continue Reading...]

Change Agent: Hongwei Xin

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His father told him years ago on a farm in rural China that science has no borders, and it was a lesson Hongwei Xin took to heart. Decades later and half a world away, Xin has dedicated his career to applying science to agriculture, making operations a little more efficient and life a little easier [Continue Reading...]

Contributing to society through research

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New electrical and computer engineering associate professor investigates nanotechnologies Long Que always thought he wanted to be a physicist. But after receiving his bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, his dreams changed. He began researching at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top engineering research institution in China. That’s when [Continue Reading...]

Paul Reilly named engineering VP of Voxer

Voxer, a leader in modern communication that combines the power of voice and messaging to maximize team performance, announced on Oct. 15 the appointment of Iowa State alum Paul Reilly as vice president of engineering. Reilly, who received his bachelor’s in computer engineering from ISU, will lead the company’s research and development efforts, focused on [Continue Reading...]

Ag Study Abroad Blog – Jacob Parle, Poland

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My favorite experience about this trip was getting the privilege of meeting other students from another county. I may touch on this again in some other questions, but the one thing that was my favorite out of the whole trip was meeting students. It was interesting talking to them and working with them, sharing differences [Continue Reading...]