Symposium to focus on whole systems approach to global food security

Manjit Misra

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…]

Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (March 4) announced the establishment of an Iowa State research and extension liaison position. The liaison will have an office in Cedar Rapids, and [Continue Reading…]

ISU’s National Society of Black Engineers partners with Ames Middle School to teach STEM education

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Students are introduced to engineering majors through hands-on experience and interaction with Cyclone Engineers Often times, middle school students are aware of engineering as a field, but they might not know about the more specific engineering disciplines available for them to study. Iowa State’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) recently [Continue Reading…]

Five Miller fellowships awarded for 2015-16

Written by Anne Krapfl Five faculty proposals to develop new approaches for teaching undergraduate courses will share $56,000 in available funds for 2015-16, the 19th year of the Miller Faculty Fellowship program. Senior vice president and provost Jonathan Wickert endorsed the recommendations of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) advisory board, which [Continue Reading…]

Senator Ernst tours new ag labs at Iowa State

Senator Joni Ernst continued her 99 county tour Wednesday in Story County at Iowa State University.  Ernst toured a new complex of buildings on campus devoted to the latest Bio Renewable fuels and Agriculture and Bio Systems Engineering. “Our new buildings here are the result of our impact on the bio economy and agriculture here [Continue Reading…]

The impacts of the invisible: how microbes affect our lives

Adina Howe

New agricultural and biosystems engineering assistant professor studies microbiology and the influence of global change on the environment.  Adina Howe evaluates her success in two ways: through the impact her work has on society and through her students’ achievements. “It’s more than my personal accomplishments. As a professor, it’s exciting that I can motivate students [Continue Reading…]

Deconstruction of 93-year-old Davidson Hall begins

Davidson Hall, former home of the Department of Agricultural Engineering, is being torn down piece by piece due to safety concerns and the building being outdated.

Davidson Hall, the former home of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, is being demolished after 93 years. Most of the furniture in the building is being recycled, but some has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. “They had a lot of chalkboards and cabinets that were donated,” said Merry Rankin, director of sustainability. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana

Manjit Misra

Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project. Iowa State joins Chemonics, an international development company; the Centre for Policy [Continue Reading…]

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes outstanding ABE faculty and staff

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff February 5. Those awards included: The Early Adviser Award went to Jenny Macken, who is an adjunct adviser in agricultural and biosystems engineering. Jenny is an adviser and mentor to more than 250 students. One of her students describes her [Continue Reading…]

Former visiting student returns to Iowa State for graduate school

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Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano aims to improve Brazilian research techniques Originally from Brazil, agriculture and biosystems engineering graduate student Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano traveled to Iowa State in 2011 after receiving a scholarship to study internationally. While in Ames, she made many friends and learned about Iowa’s knowledge of agriculture. De Oliveira-Serrano returned to Brazil a semester [Continue Reading…]