New ABE faculty uses supply chain management to improve rice distribution


Food insecurity is a daily struggle for millions of families in India. In fact, because parents worry every day about their next meal, they aren’t always able to focus on long-term plans such as careers for their children. “If we can give them their right, they can dream further. They can dream of an education [Continue Reading...]

Students showcase work at research symposium

Ryan Hall

Dozens of College of Engineering students gave detailed presentations at a symposium on April 15, on topics ranging from “bio-rubber” made from vegetable oils to preventing ice formation on paved surfaces. The Symposium on Undergraduate Research & Creative Expression allows students in all colleges to share their research with peers, mentors and other members of [Continue Reading...]

Presidential initiative creates team of engineers, plant scientists to develop smart plants

Iowa State researchers are using X-ray computed tomography to create 3-D images of root structures within soil. Image courtesy of Ted Heindel/Mechanical Engineering.

Iowa State University engineers and plant scientists are joining forces to design better crops that tolerate climate change, produce bigger yields and feed more people. The collaborative effort to develop computationally engineered plants could have the same kind of impact on agriculture as biomedical engineering has had on medicine, said Daniel Attinger, the leader of [Continue Reading...]

Cardinal Key recognizes engineering students, staff

Nineteen students from the College of Engineering recently became members of Iowa State’s Cardinal Key honor society, an organization established in 1926 to recognize students, faculty and staff at the university for their outstanding leadership, service contributions, scholarship achievements and character. A total of 63 students were inducted during the society’s 88th formal induction ceremony. [Continue Reading...]

Civil engineering student earns runner-up at inaugural GPSS Conference

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  Dimitrios Kalliontzis, a master’s student in structural engineering, was a runner-up at the first Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Research Conference, held at the College of Design on April 4. Kalliontzis came in second place for his oral presentation entitled, “Dynamic Decay of Rocking Precast Concrete Members.”  He was one [Continue Reading...]

Schwartz named director of U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory

Written by Rob Schweers Inside Iowa State Adam Schwartz has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, operated by Iowa State. Schwartz is division leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, Calif. He also coordinates LLNL’s projects for the Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million [Continue Reading...]

Alumna engineers reliability for biofuel production at Flint Hills Resources


Kristine Vanderwiel (BS’11 Agricultural Engineering) developed a passion for energy efficiency in the high school classroom when she wrote an English paper about renewable fuels. She had researched biofuels, solar energy and wind energy for her paper, but she said it was biofuels that caught her attention. “I thought the idea of turning plant biomass, [Continue Reading...]

Kruse, AST senior, talks internship experience

Brad Kruse, CNH

Courtnee Jackson, sophomore in aerospace engineering, finds her passion through internships

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Like many engineers, Courtnee Jackson excelled at math and science in high school, which led her principal to introduce her to an aerospace engineering major. The St. Louis, Mo. native took an interest in the subject, but more so in the fact that her new friend was a female in engineering. “I felt like she [Continue Reading...]

Dayal listed in’s top 100 professors


Vinay Dayal, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, was recently recognized in’s list of 100 Notable Professors at Top Research Universities. Dayal was listed in the physics, engineering, and math category. The article recognizes faculty from universities across the U.S. that are designated as having high or very high research activity on the [Continue Reading...]

Raman gives boost to Hoover’s STEM Academy


When Dr. Raj Raman agreed to drive down from Ames where he wears a lot of hats at Iowa State University (Associate Professor, Associate Director of Educational Programs; Office of Biorenewables Programs, Director of Graduate Education; Biorenewable Resources & Technology Interdisciplinary Graduate Program) to speak at Hoover High School, he figured to be preaching to [Continue Reading...]

Multicultural Learning Community Explores Biorenewables

Nineteen curious undergraduates gathered with five peer mentors in the lobby of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) at Iowa State University for the annual “BRL Experience” on April 4. This event gives undergraduate students an opportunity to meet bioenergy researchers and graduate students, and tour the BRL engineering research labs. Throughout the visit, the undergraduate [Continue Reading...]

Corn Stover Gains Attention in Iowa for Industrial Uses


Corn stover, used for decades as silage and bedding, is now being harvested for industrial use. Currently in Iowa, two cellulosic ethanol plants have biomass needs for corn stover. Producers can learn about engineering, agronomic and financial issues related to corn stover harvest in a new series of fact sheets from Iowa State University Extension [Continue Reading...]

Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop


As campus sidewalks cleared for the day, Dylan Neal settled behind a corner window and a bank of computer screens. He was devoting a recent midweek evening to a few more hours of solar car engineering. Neal, a freshman from St. Louis who’s studying mechanical engineering, was designing parts of Phaëton, Team PrISUm’s 12th solar race car. [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: Outreach events show kids they have what it takes to be engineers

Shaun VanWeelden

Shaun VanWeelden, junior in software engineering, serves as vice president of outreach for Engineering Student Council and student chair of FIRST LEGO League (FLL). He also participates in outreach activities for several other campus groups.  I knew I wanted to be an engineer at Iowa State after seeing students at the time doing really neat [Continue Reading...]

All four Iowa State Goldwater Scholarship applicants selected for national award

Four Iowa State University Honors students with ties to the College of Engineering received Goldwater Scholarships in March. The program is the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. The students—Jacob Harry, senior in aerospace engineering; William Lindemann, senior in materials science engineering and mathematics; Rachel Philiph, senior in materials science engineering; [Continue Reading...]

Narayanan to receive Professional Progress in Engineering Award

Krishna Narayanan

Krishna Narayanan (M.S.EE’94) will receive the 2014 Professional Progress in Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at the Marston Club Dinner on April 10. The award was created to recognize outstanding professional progress, personal development, and distinguished community service by engineering alumni under the age of 46. Narayanan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering [Continue Reading...]

Yin Bao, ABE PhD candidate, profiled by Graduate College


Yin Bao is a PhD student in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. He received his B.E. degree in Vehicle Engineering from China Agricultural University in 2012. He is currently working on an automated high-throughput field phenotyping robot for biomass sorghum under Dr. Lie Tang’s guidance. This project has the potential to take plant breeding programs [Continue Reading...]

IE student named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior


Industrial engineering senior Benjamin Paul Jacobson recently received the Wallace E Barron Award All-University Senior Award. The award is an honor of the Iowa State Alumni Association and recognizes five outstanding seniors who display high character, outstanding achievement in academics and university/community involvement and promise to continue these exemplary qualities as alumni. Jacobson is the [Continue Reading...]

Alumni named 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers

Two College of Engineering alumni made the Iowa State Alumni Association’s list of 2014 Iowa STATEment Makers. Aaron Becker graduated with a degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2005 and is now working to apply swarming micro-robot technology to medical MRI scanners. Matt England, 2011 aerospace engineering grad, travels the western U.S. as a [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State materials scientist developing materials, electronics that dissolve when triggered

Iowa State's Reza Montazami examines a degradable antenna capable of data transmission. Photo by Bob Elbert.

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain. It’s a new way [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State, University of Perugia team to compare real-time monitoring of structures

The following is an excerpt from an April 1, 2014, American Society of Civil Engineers Civil Engineering magazine article: Teams in Iowa and Italy collaborate to develop two different sensor technologies that will enable real time monitoring of large, complex structures. Researchers in Ames, Iowa, and Perugia, Italy, are working collaboratively on separate nanocomposite materials [Continue Reading...]

Construction engineering students named Iowa State exemplary peer mentors

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Two construction engineering students, senior Alex Buscher and junior Maggie Holt, were recently recognized for their exceptional dedication to student mentoring. Both Buscher and Holt earned a 2013-2014 Iowa State University Exemplary Peer Mentor Award, which recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement by peer mentors working with learning community students. The Iowa State University Learning Communities [Continue Reading...]

Stinn, ABE PhD candidate, profiled by Graduate College


John Stinn is a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE). Hailing from southwest Iowa, John grew up on a livestock farm and developed strong passion for animal agriculture, mathematics, and engineering at a young age. Enrolling into ABE at ISU ­ the place where the world¹s first degree of agricultural [Continue Reading...]

County Engineer Paulson earns top Iowa award

Carroll County Engineer Dave Paulson, who graduated from Iowa State University in 1972 with a degree in civil engineering, earned one of the top honors in his profession — The Outstanding County Engineering Achievement Award. The Iowa County Engineers Association presented Paulson this award on Dec. 11 during a conference in Ames. The award is [Continue Reading...]