Pit foaming research continues

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A $1 million Iowa Pork Producers Association-funded research project on pit foaming has entered its third year. Researchers provided an update at the Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines. “Our goal is to find and correct the mechanisms of foaming,” said Steve Hoff, an agricultural and biosystems engineering professor at Iowa State University and project [Continue Reading…]

ISU seed conditioning and quality evaluation workshops

ISU is once again offering a series of workshops on seed conditioning and quality testing procedures this summer. The workshop dates are rapidly approaching, so we are sending this brief reminder in the event either you or a co-worker might be interested in the program. The 2015 workshop schedule is listed below and on the [Continue Reading…]

ISU students win overall prize at NACTA judging conference

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Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The Sweepstakes Award was presented for the Iowa State teams’ good showing in 10 agricultural subject matter contests at the conference, which was hosted by Black Hawk College in [Continue Reading…]

New tool evaluates odor reduction

A team of Iowa State University specialists has developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor-mitigation techniques. The Air Management Practices Assessment Tool is web-based, available at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat at no charge. “The website was developed to help livestock and poultry producers identify practices to reduce odors, and emissions of gases and [Continue Reading…]

Agricultural engineering alumnus promoted to plant manager at Grain Processing Corporation

Brian Peters has been promoted to plant manager at Grain Processing Corporation (GPC). He joined the company in 2006 as Sweetener Division engineer and has held positions in other departments, including the Research Department, and most recently served as MALTRIN® Division superintendent. Peters is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor [Continue Reading…]

Data shows nitrates higher but improving in Iowa rivers

The role of farm production Much of Iowa’s nitrogen — and nitrates — are in the soil organically. Iowa has about 10,000 pounds of organic nitrogen per acre, according to Iowa State University professors Matt Helmers and Michael Castellano. “To get a sense of scale, a farmer might apply 150 to 200 pounds of nitrogen [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Task Force 1 trains for tornado rescue in Davidson Hall

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Former engineering building serves one more group before complete demolition Tornadoes, fires and floods are familiar to many Iowans, but Iowa Task Force 1 has more than the average amount of knowledge of what the destruction can be from those disasters. During catastrophes with missing persons, the group travels across the state to perform search [Continue Reading…]

Distillers Grains Symposium set for May 13 and 14

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The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting next month in Kansas City, Missouri. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers grains marketing and merchandising, animal nutrition, processing technologies and governmental regulations,” said Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council [Continue Reading…]

Leopold Center Advisory Board welcomes new members

Two conservation leaders have joined the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research and education center at Iowa State University. The new members are Cathy Kling, director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, and Jody Kerns, a farmer and small business owner from Edgewood. Kling [Continue Reading…]

Symposium to focus on whole systems approach to global food security

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The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world April 14 and 15 to discuss the components necessary for addressing global food security. The symposium, titled Interlocking the Pieces for Global Food Security, will offer sessions on nutrition; capacity building, education, entrepreneurship and [Continue Reading…]

CB2 produces biobased plant containers live at NPE2015

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For an on-site demonstration of injection molding with biobased plastics, booth S-18189 of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) in the Sustainability Pavilion was the place to be at NPE2015. That’s where biobased plant containers were molded from Bio-Res PLA, a 100% renewable and compostable plastic. The Bio-Res PLA plant containers are part of [Continue Reading…]

​Iowa State University Announces the Vermeer International Leadership Program

Iowa State University has announced the 18 students selected to make up the inaugural class of a new leadership opportunity for students for the 2015-2016 academic year, sponsored by Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company. Following their application, 54 students proceeded to the interview process managed by University faculty in the Leadership [Continue Reading…]

ABE alumnus honored by Quad Cities American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Jeremiah Johnson, an engineer with the Technology Development Group of the John Deere Harvester Works, was named Young Member of the Year for providing leadership for the section this past year as its chairman. He was named one of five New Faces in Engineering from ASABE as part of the 2015 National Engineers Week celebration. He received [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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

New technology in ABE advances engineering design skills for students

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BSE/AE 218 uses water-jet cutter to apply theoretical science to physical products Group projects are known for providing students with important lessons about team dynamics, but there are always additional tools and knowledge that come from these experiences. In the agricultural and biosystems engineering department, a new high-powered water jet shows student groups the difference [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty honored by Plant Sciences Institute

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Five engineering researchers selected as PSI Faculty Scholars The Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has awarded funding to investigators in three colleges in an effort to stimulate high-risk, high-reward research in the plant sciences. The awards are part of the Plant Sciences Institute’s Faculty Scholars program. The new initiative was spearheaded by PSI director Patrick Schnable [Continue Reading…]

Hillary Kletscher named Wallace E Barron All-University Senior

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Biological systems engineering senior recognized for outstanding achievements in academics and leadership Hillary Kletscher came to Iowa State in 2011 ready to try new things. As a freshman, she was also serving as Minnesota’s 2011-2012 FFA president, a commitment that required her to miss a number of classes. That didn’t stop her from joining the [Continue Reading…]