CBE’s Dr. Yue Wu named Council for Chemical Research “Rising Star”

Dr. Yue Wu, Associate Professor and Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been nominated to receive the Council for Chemical Research (CCR) Rising Star Award. Wu will be recognized at the Council’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Alexandria, VA on May 5, along with six other individuals nominated [Continue Reading…]

EM Success Center meets the needs of today’s students

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Think of it as one-stop shopping for all your studying needs: the Engineering Mechanics Success Center. Aerospace engineering lecturer Jenny Johannsen and other aerospace engineering professors have created and enhanced a space for students to receive supplemental help, feedback on homework and where other study resources are made available. This service has been around for [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumna named Cedar Rapids (Iowa) public works director

Starting April 13, 2015, Jennifer Winter (BSCE’97) will be the new public works director for the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Winter is a regional director for HR Green, Inc., in Cedar Rapids. She will oversee the city’s 200-employee Public Works Department. The Gazette, a Cedar Rapids-based newspaper, reported that Winter is the chairwoman of the American Public Works [Continue Reading…]

Ninety-three years later

March 23: Former Davidson Hall site, looking east toward Gilman (right) and Spedding (left) halls.

Crews made great progress over spring break dismantling the 93-year-old Davidson Hall on Osborne Drive, former home of the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. Less than two weeks lapsed between the photos (right and below). Much of the building — both its contents and its exterior — have been repurposed or recycled. The ISU student chapter [Continue Reading…]

Ryan Betters: Preparing for a civil engineering career in the U.S. Navy

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For Iowa State University civil engineering senior Ryan Betters, enlisting in the U.S. Navy has become a family affair. Both of Betters’ parents were in the Navy. His father was a petty officer second class who maintained F-14 Tomcat fighter jets. His mother was an aviation electrician. “It was always in the back of my [Continue Reading…]

Daily reporter gets hacked

Doug Jacobson

One hour is how long it could take for my identity to be stolen. And that’s how long it took three graduate students to create a website façade that would allow them to see the password that could lead them to my social security number, my identity. With today’s push in mobile technology, people may [Continue Reading…]

Copper thefts source of ‘attacks’ on Iowa power grid

Ian Dobson

America’s power grid, providing electricity to hundreds of millions of homes and businesses, has come under attack more than 360 times in the past three years from hackers, thieves and vandals, according to a USA TODAY review of federal data. Five of the incidents, from 2011 to 2014, were reported by Iowa’s electric utilities, which [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Steel Bridge Team places second at Midwest competition, advances to nationals

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Seven months of planning, fabrication, and practice culminated in less than 30 minutes recently for the Iowa State University Steel Bridge Team. On March 7, Cyclone civil engineering students rapidly built a scaled steel bridge inside Lakehead University CJ Sanders Fieldhouse, a 12-hour bus ride north from Ames to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The Iowa [Continue Reading…]

Clean Snowmobile Challenge team takes part in first competition

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While most Iowa State students waited anxiously for the arrival of warmer weather, one student organization spent the first week of March surrounded by snow in Houghton, Michigan. The Iowa State Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team took part in their inaugural competitive event earlier this month, the 2015 SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge Competition. A total [Continue Reading…]

Water Rocks! in Kansas City with the EPA

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The Water Rocks! team had the privilege of sharing their expertise with educators and outreach professionals in Kansas City, MO, on Feb. 24-25. The day-and-a-half Summit was in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the EPA Region 7 headquarters. Water Rocks! is a statewide youth campaign to bring awareness and an appreciation of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 24

Twenty-one Iowa State undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the annual "Research in the Capitol" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

With research on sciatic nerve regeneration, the implications of marginal tax rates on housing prices, honey bee survival and extreme winter precipitation in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, there will be lots to discuss when 21 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The [Continue Reading…]

ISU Special Collections celebrates National Ag Day with Buchele archive

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March 18 was National Ag Day, founded by the Agriculture Council of America “to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.” Here at Iowa State, we know that the production of agriculture would not be nearly so abundant without the ingenuity and problem-solving expertise of agricultural engineers. One of agricultural engineering’s bright lights is retired [Continue Reading…]

CoE Dean’s Blog Guest Post by Tom Brumm

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Tom Brumm is the professor-in-charge of Engineering-LAS Online Learning. In this post, he talks about a different way of teaching coursework called flipping. Good teaching can take many forms. There are many ways to promote student learning and not one method is appropriate nor effective for all situations. Let me share with you a method of [Continue Reading…]

Computer engineering alumnus mentors Iowa State grads building solutions for the insurance market

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Brian Hemesath’s entrepreneurial drive has landed him in a position to help fellow Cyclones’ business opportunities As the managing director of the Global Insurance Accelerator, Brian Hemesath says he’s in a position to help others succeed with their own businesses. The 1999 computer engineering alumnus adds that working with Iowa State engineers, people he calls [Continue Reading…]

CBE academic advisers to be honored as peer mentor supervisors

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Jenny Gibbs and Shannon Grundmeier, academic advisers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will be honored as exemplary peer mentor supervisors in a ceremony April 8. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge learning community mentor supervisors for outstanding guidance and encouragement of peer mentors. The exemplary mentor supervisor award honors mentor [Continue Reading…]

ISU Lunabotics Club featured on KCCI News

During final preparations for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition competition in May, the ISU Lunabotics Club has been featured in various media stories, including a piece by KCCI News Channel 8 and a story from the Iowa State Daily. View the story on KCCI View the story from the Iowa State Daily Keep up with the team: [Continue Reading…]

Wartburg, Iowa State University partner on 4+1 engineering program

Wartburg College students interested in a master’s degree in industrial engineering can begin earning credits toward that end the summer after their junior year, thanks to a partnership with Iowa State University. The “4+1” cooperative program will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Wartburg and a master’s degree in industrial [Continue Reading…]

The life of a college mascot: It’s harder than you think

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A hyper-introverted industrial technology major, the fidgety, long-haired senior seemed out of place. Next to him, a yellow foot and a red felt feather peeked out of a large bag, offering the only physical foreshadowing of what was to come. “I hate being the center of attention as a person,” Collins, 21, said, “but when [Continue Reading…]

R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production method

Chris Williams

Civil, construction and environmental engineering professor uses Iowa agricultural products to create bioasphalt Asphalt materials affect everyone in the country, from the roads we drive on to the airports we fly out of. Producing the materials is a complicated process with many variables, one of which is the use of oil-based materials. Though asphalt production [Continue Reading…]

Two CBE alums headed for department’s Hall of Fame

Dr. Joe Cunning

The Chemical and Biological Engineering Department of Iowa State University will induct two alumni into its Class of 2014 Hall of Fame. Dr. Joe Cunning and Dr. Judson M. Harper will be honored in a reception, March 27, 2:30 p.m., in Sweeney Hall. Plaques in their honor will be placed on the department’s Hall of [Continue Reading…]

Nuclear engineering alumnus specializes in alternative energy wastewater treatment

Mike Locascio

Mike Locascio uses fluid dynamics knowledge to consult for ethanol plants, distilleries and other industries Most students have a moment where they are sitting in a class thinking they will never use the information once they leave campus. For Mike Locascio, it was a fluid dynamics lab he had to take prior to graduating with [Continue Reading…]

Best way to avoid regulation is to show progress on water quality goals

The state is at a fork in the road when it comes to agriculture and water quality, says Sean McMahon, executive director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance. Speaking at the recent Iowa Soybean Research Conference in Ames, McMahon said growing pressure exists to make progress on water quality. Many people are calling for regulation [Continue Reading…]

Egg production study explores environmental impact of industry

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Iowa State University researchers played a key role in a recently completed comprehensive study of egg production systems that details the tradeoffs producers may face among considerations such as animal health, efficiency and environmental impact. Hongwei Xin, a Distinguished Professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State, [Continue Reading…]

Study abroad trip advances knowledge about water treatment

Michael Colby

Civil engineering junior Michael Colby enjoys his adventure in Singapore While a love of traveling and experiencing new cultures encouraged Michael Colby to study abroad in spring 2014, the four engineering classes he took in Singapore gave him a glimpse into what he wants to do with his future. Colby’s favorite class focused on water [Continue Reading…]

2016 U.S. News graduate program rankings

The U.S. News and World Report magazine released its national graduate school rankings for 2016 on March 10, 2015. Several engineering programs climbed in the rankings, including Iowa State’s program in agricultural and biosystems engineering, which  jumped one spot to No. 3. 2016 engineering graduate program rankings: Biological/Agricultural Engineering, 3rd overall, 3rd among publics Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, [Continue Reading…]