Mufit Akinc receives two faculty awards

Mufit Akinc

Materials science and engineering professor receives Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and Margaret Ellen White Graduate Faculty Award. Mufit Akinc was recently recognized by his peers and graduate students with two prominent awards. During Iowa State’s University Awards Ceremony held on September 22, 2014, Akinc received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence that is given [Continue Reading...]

Toby Cruz: NASA intern, Air Force ROTC cadet, civil engineering student

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Civil engineering senior Toby Cruz has experienced a notable internship and extracurricular activities while pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University. Soon after completing final exams in December 2013, Cruz completed a NASA internship application and gathered faculty recommendations within one weekend. One month later, NASA offered him two internships during summer 2014. He accepted [Continue Reading...]

MEDIA ADVISORY: ISU agriculture experts available to comment on 2014 harvest

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Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Hurburgh, an expert on grain storage, said Iowa farmers may have dodged a freezing-cold bullet last weekend when the possibility of a frost didn’t pan out for the vast majority of cropland in the state. “We got lucky,” he said. “Most of Iowa was about one degree [Continue Reading...]

Susan Heller: Engineering to a career in medicine

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1981 IMSE alumna uses engineering degree to excel in medical school From storming the football field after a win against Nebraska to all of her engineering knowledge “clicking” during thermodynamics, Susan Heller’s experience at Iowa State was more than she could have ever imagined. Heller, who graduated in a 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in [Continue Reading...]

Sarah Ryan featured in IE Magazine

An article written by Sarah Ryan, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, and her former student Xiang Wu was featured in the September 2014 issue of Industrial Engineer (IE) Magazine.  IE Magazine is the member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. The article, “Joint Optimization of Asset and Inventory Management in a Product-Service [Continue Reading...]

Watson receives ISU Alumni Medal

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Stephen L. Watson (BSIE’67) received a 2014 Alumni Medal from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Watson will be presented the award at the 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Benton Auditorium of the Scheman Building in Ames. The ISU Alumni Association established this award in 1948 to [Continue Reading...]

Nebraska farm roots create an interest in water

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Charles Ikenberry, agricultural engineering Ph.D. student, studies watershed modeling “Over the river and through the woods…” is a popular holiday song, but water and the outdoors describe Charles Ikenberry’s interests since a young age; he is still working in this industry as he gets a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering while working at the Iowa Department [Continue Reading...]

Amy Kaleita featured in PRISM Magazine’s “20 Under 40”

Written by PRISM Magazine From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “nonlinear, somewhat chaotic” array of microplots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – and ripe opportunities for [Continue Reading...]

Jiles elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

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David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering, the United Kingdom’s national academy for engineering. Jiles is the ECpE department’s first RAE Fellow. He was cited for his seminal contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications [Continue Reading...]

Energy Department supports Iowa State studies of concrete for taller wind turbine towers

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Iowa State engineers $1 million to study how high-strength concrete can be used to build taller wind turbine towers. “I think this will revolutionize wind energy,” said Sri Sritharan, Iowa State University’s Wilson Engineering Professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative. “We won’t [Continue Reading...]

Eric Almeida: A pilot’s dream

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2009 mechanical engineering alumni completes Air Force pilot training Eric Almeida knew he wanted to be a pilot from the age of 10. After graduating from Iowa State, he was selected for Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) but was later medically disqualified due to poor eyesight. Never giving up on his dream, Almeida [Continue Reading...]

Ten new projects receive funding through ISU’s Iowa Nutrient Research Center

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A set of nine bioreactors were installed this month at the ISU Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Farm near Ames as part of an Iowa Nutrient Research Center-funded research project. The bioreactor research, led by ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association, was funded last year by the center at ISU.

ISU ‘hackathon’ takes over Howe Hall

It’s 4 a.m. and the last thing Erik Fetter wants to do is sleep. Fetter, sophomore in computer engineering, spent 36 hours the past weekend hacking with more than 100 other students in Howe Hall for a competition called HackISU, which is part of an international competition that draws in aspiring programmers and professionals alike [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State joins national alliance to help more low-income, first-generation students to graduate

Iowa State University recently joined with 10 other public research universities in launching a first-ever project to expand the use of highly successful, innovative programs designed to help more students complete a college education. Formation of the University Innovation Alliance was announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Washington, D.C. Iowa State will share best practices in its [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering department travels to Brazil

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Nineteen students from Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky learn about Brazilian technology and culture  “Through my classes and involvement in the agriculture industry, I realized how large of a role Brazil plays in the global agriculture economy. I wanted the chance to learn about it firsthand,” said Courtney Harder, senior in agricultural [Continue Reading...]

Sritharan partners internationally on NSF-NEES project

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Sri Sritharan, Wilson Engineering Professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, leads a National Science Foundation (NSF) project with international collaboration in earthquake engineering. The concept for the project began in early 2000, when former graduate student Sriram Aaleti pursued research in rocking structural wall systems. Through the next few years, Sritharan and Aaleti developed [Continue Reading...]

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering chair presents at Board of Regents meeting

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Janis Terpenny talks about the Center for e-Design and Iowa State’s role in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. On September 10, 2014, IMSE Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny provided the Board of Regents with an overview of some important research that’s taking place at Iowa State’s campus. One topic included the [Continue Reading...]

River to river, water quality work found on many fronts

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Matthew Helmers (’95 civil engineering), associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, led the team that assessed nitrogen issues for the science assessment. “Our agricultural systems are important in Iowa but evaluating ways we can reduce downstream export of nutrients also is important,” Helmers says. “My interest is seeing agricultural systems implemented that are economically [Continue Reading...]

ISU professors develop ‘world’s purest’ vodka

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Johannes van Leeuwen, professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has succeeded in developing the purest vodka in the world. Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, made an important contribution to the research by using sensitive analytical equipment to determine the presence of impurities in vodka. Koziel’s equipment combined [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State transportation engineering student wins top ITE paper award

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Brendan Russo, an Iowa State University transportation engineering doctoral student, was recently awarded the Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Russo was recognized for his paper, titled “An Empirical Analysis of Critical Headway for Drivers Turning Right-On-Red at Signalized Intersections,” at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit, held [Continue Reading...]

A look back at an Iowa State alumnus’s life

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Loren Forman, ’34 ChemE, becomes expert in lignin science Loren Forman’s choice to come to Iowa State College in 1930 was an easy one, especially after both parents graduated from the university in the years before. His father also taught agronomy at Iowa State until retirement. What he didn’t know was that he would become [Continue Reading...]

Mike Morgan: Chemistry “clicks”

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Chemical engineering graduate enjoys teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in retirement “I took chemistry, and it clicked,” says Mike Morgan, 1974 chemical engineering graduate. At a young age, he thought he would major in electrical engineering, but after disliking physics in high school, he changed his mind. That left him looking for another [Continue Reading...]

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

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Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It [Continue Reading...]

Civil, chemical engineering partner with industry to commercialize biopolymers

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Iowa State University’s Departments of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) have worked together to foster research partnerships with industry over the past several years. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Engineering Chris Williams, CBE Associate Professor Eric Cochran, and their research groups have led efforts to develop a family [Continue Reading...]

Sonal Padalkar: Studying materials systems with microscopy and engineering

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A fascination for microscopes from an early age led Sonal Padalkar, a new assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Iowa State, to develop an affinity for problem solving using microscopic techniques. Sonal Padalkar grew up looking through the lens of a microscope, seeing new worlds of changing colors and patterns. The experience, she says, gave [Continue Reading...]