Chen, Laflamme awarded $200K from NSF for multi-purpose structural system research

“How can you multi-purpose—re-think—structural systems?” Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have a new theory to answer that question. Earlier this month, the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded ISU professors An Chen and Simon Laflamme more than $200,000 in research funding. The project, “Multifunctional Structural Panel for [Continue Reading…]

ISU graduate student awarded $25,000 Monsanto scholarship

Conrad Brendel, graduate student in agricultural and biosystems engineering, is one of 10 recipients chosen to receive a $25,000 scholarship from Monsanto Company. The scholarship is part of the Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship program, a three-year program that was started last year by Monsanto, a sustainable agriculture company. The program was created to bring awareness of [Continue Reading…]

Plymesser promoted to senior lecturer, brings real-world experience to construction engineering classes

When it comes to teaching, Cliff Plymesser gets high marks for bringing the real-world experience to his classroom. For the past six years, Plymesser has taught as a lecturer at Iowa State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE). “I just really enjoy working with the students and helping them grow in their understanding of [Continue Reading…]

Darr represents Iowa AgSTATE on agricultural data coalition

Iowa AgSTATE has joined the Agricultural Data Coalition as a founding member. Iowa AgSTATE has been actively involved in digital agriculture strategy and education and summarized its work in a 2014 report on the Digital Transformation of Row Crop Agriculture. Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, will serve as Iowa AgSTATE’s representative on the ADC [Continue Reading…]

ISU Northeast Research Farm to celebrate 40th anniversary on Aug. 26

The Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Aug. 26 at its annual fall field day. The program will start at 10:30 a.m., with introductory comments from NEIAEA and Iowa State leaders in celebration of the farm’s accomplishments. John Lawrence, Iowa State associate dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering researchers receive 3-year, $360K grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $360,485 grant to two Iowa State University mechanical engineering professors. The funding will support a project entitled “REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site: Research and Education in Multiscale Sensing and Imaging” led by Pranav Shrotriya and Sriram Sundararajan. Funding for the project begins on Sept. 1, 2016 and will [Continue Reading…]

Three mechanical engineering professors receive research funding

Three Iowa State University mechanical engineering professors have been awarded research funding for the upcoming academic year. Jaime Juarez along with graduate research assistant Meghana Akella, Meng Lu and GRA Longju Liu, and Sonal Padalkar with GRA Minh Tran were each awarded funding through the Catron Fellowship. The researchers will be allocated $14,000 during the fall, $14,000 in the spring and $7,000 for the summer. Each research [Continue Reading…]

Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Ian Schneider have received promotions that became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Mallapragada has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The title honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. [Continue Reading…]

An eye on Mars: Li’s photoelectrolysis research could take human benefit to new levels

Researchers in Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) are harnessing the potential of photosynthesis – one of the fundamental natural process that exists on Earth – with an eye on someday using photosynthesis to help humans live on Mars. Richard Seagrave Associate Professor Dr. Wenzhen Li is leading a study to [Continue Reading…]

Creativity served retired research farm manager

VanDePol concludes nearly 40 years of work “harvesting information”. Thousands of visitors from all over the world have toured Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm while Richard VanDePol co-managed it. They have ranged from second graders to heads of state.

Mechanical Engineering professor Reza Montazami to be featured on ‘Science Friday’ and ‘River to River’

Reza Montazami, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be featured on Public Radio International’s (PRI) Science Friday program tomorrow, August 12. Montazami will discuss his recent research on dissolving batteries for self-destructing devices. His research is part of a relatively new field of study known as “transient electronics” and has various applications from helping the [Continue Reading…]

ISU MCA awarded 2016 Chapter of Excellence Grant, plans scholarship opportunities

Scott Miller’s final semester at Iowa State University (ISU) is all planned when it comes to course schedules. But the construction engineering senior knows that some lessons lie outside the classroom. “All the professors I’ve had, they’ve always emphasized it’s about who you know,” Miller said. The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) student is [Continue Reading…]