STRIPS: A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt

It’s hard to imagine maintaining the current food system without Iowa. Yet that state — symbolic of both the unparalleled richness of our continent’s agricultural potential and the mess we’ve made of it — has undergone a transformation almost as profound as the land on which cities have been built. A state that was once [Continue Reading...]

Clayton Anderson films educational YouTube clip on glaciers in Ashland

As an astronaut traveling high above space, Clayton Anderson saw a view of glaciers that few of us will ever experience. On Saturday, the retired astronaut was back home in Ashland filming a segment about glaciers and how they are formed that will be used next year as part of a online project for children. [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

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Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering alumnus named American Council of Engineering Companies chairman

The following is a passage from a Nov. 14, 2014, press release from TranSystems: Peter Strub (BSCE’81), a principal at TranSystems, has been selected as the next Chair Elect/Chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). His term as Chair Elect will begin in April 2015, and as Chairman he is set to preside [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: Maximizing the broader impacts of faculty research

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As an engineering professor, educating the next generation of engineers and advancing important research go hand in hand. Finding ways to integrate those two priorities is a unique challenge, but one that we at Iowa State have worked hard to cultivate and improve. In 2011, I joined a team led by the vice president for [Continue Reading...]

CoE alum Patrick Ferdig named Global Director of Alliances and Channels at CloudCraze

Patrick M. Ferdig, who is a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus, recently joined the company CloudCraze – a leading provider of customer engagement commerce on the Salesforce1 Platform – as Director of Alliances and Channels. “Global systems integrators are seeing a growing need to deliver Salesforce-centric eCommerce solutions to their customers around the world,” Executive [Continue Reading...]

Recent IE graduates featured in Health Connect

Zach Clarey and Ian Colpaert, recent IE graduates, were featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Health Connect, published by Mary Greeley Medical Center. Read the story on page 20 in Health Connect

College of Engineering student group named Chapter of Excellence

The Materials Advantage student organization was selected as a Chapter of Excellence at the Materials Science and Technology Conference.

Material Advantage selected for honor at the Materials Science and Technology Conference  Iowa State‘s Material Advantage group has been selected as one of the top 10 chapters in the world for eleven years straight. When asked how the group has kept this record, club adviser and materials science and engineering professor Scott Chumbley said, “We [Continue Reading...]

TED Scholar, professor and sanitation researcher

Francis de los Reyes III

CE alumnus reaches 450,000 with an important message about sanitation concerns in developing countries Although biological waste treatment processes are advanced in the Western World, Francis de los Reyes III (MSCE’94) knows the same is not true for everyone. In fact, he has first-hand experience of a lacking sanitation infrastructure. In his home country of [Continue Reading...]

Helmers: Delayed harvest is slowing some land-improvement work

Bruce Barnhart is still playing catch up on land improvement work in his fields before winter starts. Barnhart, owner of Barnhart’s Custom Services, says there was very little winter land improvement done this past year due to the extremely cold weather. They started doing some of the winter work at the end of March. Then, [Continue Reading...]

New videos focus on prairie strips as an emerging conservation practice

Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. “The science is showing us that we can have both,” says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore. That’s great news for farmers because, as Gary Van Ryswyk says, “Anybody who [Continue Reading...]

15th annual Drainage Research Forum is Nov. 18

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The 15th annual Drainage Research Forum will be Nov. 18 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center on campus. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum provides results and updates on drainage research and farm projects by university and agency research leaders. It is jointly [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State teams place first in Midwest construction competition

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Two teams of Iowa State University construction engineering students placed first in the 22nd Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region IV Student Competition, held Oct. 23-25, 2014, in Nebraska City, Neb. Six-person teams had 18 hours to develop comprehensive proposals for a mock request for proposals (RFP). Teams then gave a 20-minute presentation to [Continue Reading...]

Engineers Without Borders teaches about poverty, water scarcity

This week, Engineers Without Borders aimed to educate the ISU and Ames community about the issue of poverty in and outside of America with Poverty Awareness Week. It started on Monday outside Parks Library with a water walk organized by Engineers Without Borders member Ha Lim Jeong, sophomore in mechanical engineering. Participants pumped water into a [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State student receives national design-build leadership award

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Iowa State University construction engineering senior Brandon Mai was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Design-Build Leadership Award at the Design-Build Conference and Expo, held Oct. 8 in Dallas, Texas. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) gave the national award to only three individuals this year: an academic professional, an industry professional, and a student. To win [Continue Reading...]

Boeing’s Chris Chadwick: ‘We are synonymous with manned space. If that market develops, we’ll be there’

It has been a difficult week for the space industry, but the boss of one of the world’s largest military contractors, BDSS, believes the company has a big part to play in manned spacecraft. Chris Chadwick, who is a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus, likes to talk about capability. Indeed, he uses the [Continue Reading...]

Hurburgh: Finding space for grain will be a challenge

Charles Hurburgh

Last week, Iowa farmers were about two-thirds finished with what’s expected to be 504.4 million bushels of soybeans, the state’s second-largest crop ever. Just finding space to put all the grain will be a challenge. Iowa State University professor Charles Hurburgh expects to see a record amount of corn piled across Iowa. He said it [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State construction engineering alumnus named top international building code official

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Brian Bishop, a 2004 Iowa State University construction engineering alumnus, was recently named the Gerald H. Jones Code Official of the Year by the International Code Council. Bishop was particularly recognized for his leadership in creating two programs: the Iowa Building Safety Assessment and Failure Evaluation (B-SAFE) Team and Iowa’s first energy code enforcement team. [Continue Reading...]

AST alum featured as CALS young alum of the month

Ryan Jardon

Name: Ryan Jardon Title and Company: Product Specialist – John Deere, Seeding Group in Moline, IL Hometown: Randolph, IA Major and Graduation Date: B.S., Agricultural Systems Technology (AST), December 2010 Major Job/Position Responsibilities: I responsible for being the voice of the customer for our air seeding product line- specifically the air cart. As future products [Continue Reading...]

ISU part of team honored for excellence in multi-state water conservation research

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Iowa State University is part of a team of 20 land-grant universities that has received a national award for water conservation research. The 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award was presented to the research team on Nov. 3 by the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy. The team was honored at [Continue Reading...]

Jonathan Claussen: Designing disease detection and prevention technologies

An expert in nanotechnology and microfabrication recently joined Iowa State University to advance medical science with an engineering perspective. After watching individuals, families and communities slowly succumb to debilitating diseases – like Alzheimer’s, cancer and type-2 diabetes – throughout his life, Jonathan Claussen is determined to find a way to relieve the effects of these [Continue Reading...]

College of Engineering alum appointed to National Coal Council

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently appointed Iowa State alum Maohong Fan (PhDME’00) to serve as a member of the National Coal Council – a federal advisory group that provides recommendations and guidance on policy issues pertaining to coal. “I am appointing you to represent the viewpoints of universities with curricula in chemical engineering, as applied to [Continue Reading...]

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...]