Creating a power source for unmanned micro underwater vehicles

Jonathan Claussen applies carbon nanotube technology to a new propulsion system Collaborating with researchers at Brigham Young University and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Jonathan Claussen is taking a well-known propulsion technique to the nanoscale. The team has developed a system that uses hydrogen peroxide decomposition to propel small underwater vehicles. “Hydrogen peroxide propulsion has [Continue Reading…]

Virtual reality puts football recruits in the middle of game day at Jack Trice Stadium

There you were, inside the C6 virtual reality room at Iowa State University, surrounded on six sides by 100 million pixels and completely immersed in the sights and sounds of game day at Jack Trice Stadium. The band marched in I-S-U formation. The cheerleaders did flips.

Iowa State engineer develops power-saving tools to keep solar-powered robots in action

The small robots in Ran Dai’s basement lab at Iowa State University look like fancy electronic toys. But they’re really very smart. And they’re getting smarter. Dai, an Iowa State assistant professor and Black and Veatch Faculty Fellow in aerospace engineering, is developing power-management technologies that would allow land- and air-based robots to monitor solar conditions so they can maximize operating efficiency and battery life.

Iowa State awarded NSF Global City Teams Challenge project

Part of $40 million White House Smart Cities Initiative A team of researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University was awarded one of 12 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) research projects by the National Science Foundation this week. The GCTC, a joint initiative of the National Institute of Standards [Continue Reading…]

NSF awards maximum support to Iowa State-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added three years and $8.48 million to the grant supporting the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals based at Iowa State University.

That brings NSF’s total funding of the center (known as CBiRC, “See-burk”) to the maximum allowed: 10 years and $35.26 million. NSF support of the center began in September 2008 and will end in August 2018. After that, the center must be self-supporting.

Iowa State, Argo Genesis Chemical to dedicate new, $5.3 million bio-polymer pilot plant

Eric Cochran led the way, counterclockwise, from one 500-gallon industrial tank to another and then another. By the time he got to the 1,300-gallon holding tank at the end he had explained how Iowa State University engineers are producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.

Advancing to a carbon negative economy

Imagine a shift from our current petroleum economy—where carbon is pumped out of the ground to generate energy—toward an economy in which energy and other products are generated while putting carbon back into the ground, ultimately reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air. Iowa State’s Robert C. Brown and a group of [Continue Reading…]

Managing big data with efficient algorithms and software

Electrical and computer engineering professor devises technology that helps transform data into usable information. Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a big change in the ecosystem of software and hardware for data processing. Srikanta Tirthapura, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, says this change is being driven by favorable economic [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, astronaut Clayton Anderson ready to teach undergrads about spaceflight ops

Twelve undergraduates will learn lessons in operational thinking during the second Spaceflight Operations Workshop to be offered by Iowa State’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. The students will learn from Clayton Anderson, a workshop coordinator who retired from NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Anderson said the workshop’s goal isn’t to train the next generation of astronauts. It’s to help students think in new ways.

Team PrISUm dominates Formula Sun Grand Prix, earns first overall victory

Team PrISUm raced to its first overall solar car victory at this week’s Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. It was a dominating performance: No other competitor was within 30 laps after three days and 24 hours of hot racing.

Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix

The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Boeing names Muilenburg chief executive officer

The Boeing board of directors has elected Dennis A. Muilenburg the company’s 10th chief executive, succeeding W. James (Jim) McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and chief operating officer since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1.