ABE students in agricultural systems technology featured in RESOURCE Magazine

Hanna receives awards for applied research

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Mark Hanna, an agricultural engineer with ISU Extension and Outreach, was presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s fall convocation. The award is named for a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans by the application [Continue Reading...]

Center for Nondestructive Evaluation joins College of Engineering

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In an effort to streamline research and economic development units at the university, the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) is one of three centers that will now report directly to the College of Engineering. Originally founded with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, CNDE moved to the Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT). [Continue Reading...]

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation’s top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction and nearly ready for production using corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. The [Continue Reading...]

Fluid Power Journal Profile: Dr. Brian Steward

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Dr. Brian Steward, PhD, PE, CFPHS, has taught fluid power courses since 1999 when he joined the faculty of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. He developed a fluid power lab that is used for engineering and technology courses. His educational background includes degrees in Electrical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota [Continue Reading...]

Talk about water quality and pest resistance management at Iowa State’s Farm Progress Show Exhibit

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Exhibits at the ISU tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Aug. 26-28, will contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about ISU’s involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent will offer a [Continue Reading...]

Impressive salaries for recent CALS, ABE graduates

CALS Career Services has released the annual salary summary for December 2013 and May 2014 graduates earning bachelor’s degrees. The report is the largest ever, with 17 universities participating and more than 3,020 salary data points. The agronomy sector had the highest overall average increase of 2.85 percent, according to Mike Gaul, career services director. [Continue Reading...]

ABE faculty to lead monitoring of Black Hawk Lake watershed

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A new monitoring effort of the Black Hawk Lake watershed by Iowa State University researchers will answer some lingering questions regarding the long-term impact of land management practices on water quality. Michelle Lynn Soupir, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, said the five-year duration of the study will allow the research team to [Continue Reading...]

Harmon named Interim Director of ISU’s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State University agricultural engineer Jay Harmon has been named the interim director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center. Harmon, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, brings expertise in pork production systems to the position, which promotes efficient pork production technologies in Iowa. His goal is to increase [Continue Reading...]

New graduate program offers advanced engineering degree for those with an interest in the energy industry

Iowa State’s interdisciplinary, coursework-only, online master’s of engineering in energy systems engineering launches this fall As the world’s population grows, so does a need for sustainable energy sources. With that need comes a demand for knowledge in a variety of energy-related areas and training for professionals working in these areas. Engineering professors at Iowa State [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering professor Raj Raman puts people and education first

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Education has always been a passion for Raj Raman. He finished graduate school with the realization that undergraduate education was somewhat undervalued, and he knew then that he wanted to make a difference in that area. In the eight and a half years Raman has worked at Iowa State, he’s worn many hats. He is [Continue Reading...]

Darr: Big data can help with farming decisions

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On the Aug. 4 Agribusiness Report on WHO TV, Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said about two-thirds of every dollar spent on agriculture is focused on decisions of seed selection, fertility and land access. Mass amounts of data could have an influence on those decisions. “Because we’re trying to bring all this information together [Continue Reading...]

ABE recognized for achievement and advancement at annual conference

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From July 13 to July 16, the hallways in Elings Hall and Sukup Hall were a little vacant. This was due to many in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering attending the 2014 ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) annual international meeting in Montreal. Faculty, staff and students were in attendance, and several were recognized [Continue Reading...]

History, suspended

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The four-story foyer in the biorenewables complex was partially filled this month with a three-story suspended sculpture, Floating World, by artist Ralph Helmick of suburban Boston.

Biofilter Conference to Present Latest Odor Mitigation Technologies

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Iowa State University will host a conference Aug. 20 covering the latest biofilter technologies that can be used to reduce odors from animal-feeding operations. “Biofilters can be an effective means to reduce odor and other gas emissions from ventilated animal and manure storage facilities,” said Steve Hoff, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa [Continue Reading...]

Keeping pigs comfortable during high heat and humidity

As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pigs is like giving them some artificial [Continue Reading...]

Floating World Installation in Biorenewables Complex

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Floating World, a public art piece, was installed in early July in the Biorenewables Complex on the west side of campus. The piece was created by artist Ralph Helmick who worked with a committee of faculty and staff from the agricultural and biosystems engineering department. The piece is located in the Sukup Hall and Atrium [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural and biosystems engineering grad student’s interest in the environment goes beyond the classroom

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Kelsey Regan has always had a love for the environment and adventure. As a former runner, Regan trained with Iowa State’s track and field and cross-country teams her first year of college. She left the team when she became injured and realized she wouldn’t continue running much longer. Looking for a new adventure, she took [Continue Reading...]

Selected current ISU livestock odor and air quality research and extension

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Air Management Practices Assessment Tool Evaluation of polymer to reduce emissions from swine finishing facilities Estimating methane emissions Anaerobic digestion’s impact on odor, ammonia Diets that reduce ammonia emissions from hen houses Environmental assessment of laying-hen housing systems Quantifying emissions from swine facilities Community assessment model (CAM) for odor dispersion Biofilters conference and educational modules [Continue Reading...]

Big data fueling Iowa farmers’ productivity

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Big ag data, a catch phrase describing the aggregation and analysis of the vast stores of digital information generated by farmers, will fuel the next advancement in their productivity, experts say.

ABE student wins scholarship from meat industry

After holding a record-setting fundraising event during the Food Processing Suppliers Association Annual Conference earlier this year, a total of seven, $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students studying meat science at universities across the country by the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation (MISAF). The scholarship winners include Ashley Collins, Kansas State Univ.; Cody [Continue Reading...]

Helmers to represent ISU in new federal collaboration to address hypoxia in the gulf

Water quality researchers and extension specialists at Iowa State University have joined with scientists at 11 other land-grant universities in the Mississippi River watershed and the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia Task Force in a formal partnership to strengthen efforts to reduce the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Matthew Helmers, professor of [Continue Reading...]

Agriculture, history and art coalesce at ISU exhibit

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If you stand in just the right spot in the lobby of the shiny new Biorenewables Complex at Iowa State University, you can see centuries of agricultural history stretching up to the 75-foot ceiling. The story evolves — from an ancient prairie dragonfly to Dolly the cloned sheep — in a series of laser-cut steel [Continue Reading...]

Guest post: A new home for ABE

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Steve Mickelson, department chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering, gives an update on the department’s move into Elings and Sukup halls.  Ask anyone who has ever been associated with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and they’ll all say the same thing – our new building was a long time coming. For years, the department [Continue Reading...]

Agricultural drainage techniques to be presented at Iowa drainage school

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a three-day school beginning Aug. 19 to teach how to plan, layout, and install subsurface drainage systems. “The last several wet springs have shown the need for good drainage systems for profitable agricultural production. To function most efficiently, all components of a subsurface drainage system should be [Continue Reading...]