Kruse, AST senior, talks internship experience

Brad Kruse, CNH

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Water Rocks! recognized by Iowa Motion Picture Association

Water Rocks Awards

The 23rd Annual Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards were held Saturday, March 29 at the historic Capitol Theater in Burlington.   In a nutshell, this red carpet event is Iowa’s own version of the Oscars!   We are pleased to announce that Water Rocks! was honored with 15 IMPA awards, in a variety of categories related to both programming and [Continue Reading...]

Hurburgh comments on new food safety legislation

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) passed in 2011, but its rules won’t be in place until mid-2015. Ostensibly, FSMA offered a paradigm shift in the food safety sector, preventing contamination instead of only responding to it. Part of the legislation applies to handling animal feed. The Food and Drug Administration has a proposed rule [Continue Reading...]

BSE combines engineering and life sciences to create a new generation of professionals


The biological systems engineering (BSE) program at Iowa State University teaches students how to use life sciences and engineering principles together to solve complex problems, such as those related to food security and next generation biofuels. It’s a diverse program that lets students tailor their educational experiences to their interests through an option structure that [Continue Reading...]

Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 14 and 15


The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting this May in Irving, Texas. “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 and an [Continue Reading...]

Solberg wins 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year award


Michael Solberg, senior in mechanical engineering, was presented the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year Award on Feb. 26. The award recognizes student employees for their hard work and achievements at Iowa State University. Solberg works at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm near Boone, Iowa. “I do everything from grounds keeping to assisting in facility [Continue Reading...]

Engineering duo elected to lead ISU GSB

Hillary Kletscher and Mike Hoefer

Combining a passion to help others with a drive to solve problems, Hillary Kletscher and Mike Hoefer are ready to take on the challenge of being president and vice president, respectively, of Iowa State’s Government of the Student Body. Kletscher, a junior in biosystems from the small farming community of Vesta, Minn., has a strong [Continue Reading...]

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff

CALS awards

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring awards ceremony on March 12. Award winners include: The Outstanding Service in Student Recruitment and Retention Award goes to David Grewell, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He developed a strategic plan [Continue Reading...]

The wait is nearly over

Biorenewables Complex construction

Progress continues at the agricultural and biosystems engineering facility, with construction about 90 percent complete. Crews have hand-mixed and troweled nearly three-fourths of a white terrazzo floor in the atrium (pictured), which connects Elings (left) and Sukup (center) halls with the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (right), phase one of the complex. Outdoor site work, including sidewalk [Continue Reading...]

U.S. News graduate program rankings: Agricultural and biosystems engineering is No. 4

Iowa State University’s College of Engineering ranks No. 46 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 25th overall. The agricultural and biosystems engineering program ranked No. 4 nationally, tied with Cornell University and the University of Florida, and No. 4 among [Continue Reading...]

BSE student voted Government of the Student Body President

Kletscher and Hoefer

Hillary Kletscher, 2014-15 president of the Government of the Student Body, looks forward to starting a new chapter in GSB. Kletscher is a junior in biological systems engineering. Her running mate, Mike Hoefer, is a junior in industrial engineering. “Our campaign went really well and we had a lot of fun,” Kletscher said. “[Mike Hoefer, [Continue Reading...]

Cellulosic ethanol requires efficiently collecting corn stover bales

Corn stover experts have found ways to reduce the cost of bringing corn stover from the field to cellulosic ethanol plants. A study conducted by DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol and Iowa State University was able to reduce the cost of moving corn stover from $91 per ton to $52 per ton – a reduction of about [Continue Reading...]

Grain quality lab prepares students, samples

Grains Lab students

Hands-on and first-hand are often terms associated with undergraduate research on campus. Students who aim to further their education or go into industry benefit greatly from their experiences in the many laboratories housed here. But the Iowa State University Grain Quality Laboratory (GQL) encourages their student workers to go beyond those terms by adding efficient [Continue Reading...]

Iowa State part of $320 million national manufacturing lab announced by White House

Digital Lab for Manufacturing

Iowa State University is a top-tier partner in a new Digital Lab for Manufacturing to be based in Chicago with affiliated partners across the country. President Barack Obama today announced a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support creation of the lab by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. In addition [Continue Reading...]

New Holland provides tractors to Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm

The loan of two tractors by New Holland Agriculture to Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm has provided new options for its biomass research projects. The BioCentury Research Farm combines biomass feedstock production, harvesting, storing, transporting and biorefinery processing into a complete system to develop the next generation of biofuels and biobased products. A New [Continue Reading...]

Five questions for agricultural engineering alumnus Bret Euken


Bret Euken graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering. He is currently a process water recovery supervisor for the Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) plant in Muscatine, Iowa. Why did you choose ISU? I knew I wanted to study engineering, and I knew that ISU had a great engineering school. [Continue Reading...]

Pork producers tips on conserving propane

AMES – With the recent spike in propane prices, it’s never too soon to start conserving heating energy. Pork producers may have propane contracted at a reasonable rate, but managing heating costs should always be a priority, especially when expenses are rising. “Often the first idea for saving heating fuel in hog buildings is to [Continue Reading...]

Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship awarded to Kate Klavon

Klavon Background

Kate Klavon—a senior in agricultural engineering—has always been interested in the environment, and her time at Iowa State has been devoted to preparing herself to find solutions to environmental problems. With the help of the Michael Allen Schultz Endowed Scholarship, Klavon has been able to pursue her interests in agriculture and the environment. She has [Continue Reading...]

USPOULTRY recognizes Xin as industry workhorse of the year


Dr. Hongwei Xin, professor, associate chair for research and director of the Egg Industry Center for Iowa State University was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is given annually by USPOULTRY in recognition of dedicated [Continue Reading...]

Helmers Named to Dean’s Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences

Helmers Thumb Nail

Matthew Helmers, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, has been named to the Dean’s Professorship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A ceremony honoring Helmers was held on campus Jan. 17. As the holder of the Dean’s Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences, Helmers will enhance his research [Continue Reading...]

ABE graduates awarded fellowships

Three Ph.D candidates from the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) were awarded fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Rohith Gali and Xiao Liang were awarded the Guy Fellowship, and John Stinn was awarded the Giese Fellowship. The Giese Graduate Fellowship was established in memory of Henry Giese, a long time professor in the structures [Continue Reading...]