River to river, water quality work found on many fronts

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Matthew Helmers (’95 civil engineering), associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, led the team that assessed nitrogen issues for the science assessment. “Our agricultural systems are important in Iowa but evaluating ways we can reduce downstream export of nutrients also is important,” Helmers says. “My interest is seeing agricultural systems implemented that are economically [Continue Reading...]

ISU professors develop ‘world’s purest’ vodka

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Johannes van Leeuwen, professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has succeeded in developing the purest vodka in the world. Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, made an important contribution to the research by using sensitive analytical equipment to determine the presence of impurities in vodka. Koziel’s equipment combined [Continue Reading...]

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

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Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It [Continue Reading...]

Laurimar Goncalves Vendrusculo: Applying agricultural engineering knowledge to scientific career

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Ph.D. student returns to Brazil “When I started looking for universities to get my degree, I was looking for the best ones – the top five universities – and ISU was very well ranked,” explained Laurimar Goncalves Vendrusculo about her choice to attend Iowa State’s agricultural engineering Ph.D. program. Although she recently completed the program [Continue Reading...]

Hillary Kletscher addresses ISU issues at first GSB meeting

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Many of the issues facing ISU students this academic year were discussed at the first Government of the Student Body meeting. Hillary Kletscher, GSB president, opened the meeting with an address about issues from the past semester, including repercussions of the events surrounding Veishea and the Bike Share Program. Kletscher spoke of the university’s interest [Continue Reading...]

2015 U.S. News rankings: Iowa State undergraduate engineering program is tied for 23rd among public universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 “American’s Best Colleges” rankings are out, and Iowa State’s College of Engineering ties for 23rd among public universities whose highest degree is a doctorate. Among all national universities, Iowa State’s undergraduate engineering program ranks 41st (a seven-way tie) overall. Last year, Iowa State was 20th among public programs and in an eight-way [Continue Reading...]

Work wraps up on ISU’s biorenewables complex

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This fall, the biorenewables complex can finally join the Iowa State University campus. Located on the west side of campus, Sukup and Elings halls and an atrium complete the biorenewables complex, which began construction in 2008. The existing building, the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, was completed in 2010. The new buildings are home to the agricultural [Continue Reading...]

ISU delegation visit to University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław, Poland

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On the 8 July, a delegation from the Iowa State University in the USA visited the University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Wrocław. The delegation, made up of Professor Jacek Koziel and Professor Jodi Sterle, along with coordinators for international cooperation, Jodi Cornell and Shannon Miner, visited to draw up a programme of intensive [Continue Reading...]

Safety culture assessment by Keren saves Barilla money via better understanding of employee attitudes

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The way Larry Covington describes it, there was nothing really wrong with the safety record at Barilla America, but things in 2013 just didn’t seem to be getting any better. “Our safety record for the most part was performing at good levels,” Covington, senior plant manager at the pasta maker’s Ames plant, recalled. “We had only [Continue Reading...]

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...]