Students showcase research, projects at symposium

Students present their boards and research in a gallery at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14 in the Memorial Union. (Photo by Emily Matson)

Iowa State’s ninth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Symposium took place Tuesday in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. The symposium included 49 majors, 145 students and 113 presentations of research projects undergraduate students have been developing. The event is coordinated by the honors program to showcase various types of research from undergraduate students. It [Continue Reading…]

Graduate students present clean energy product at Clean Energy Challenge

From left to right: Casey Nelson, Matt Kieffer, Juan Proano, Wendy Borja, Edson Vendrusculo and Bernardo del Campo.

ISU graduate students spent Tuesday, April 14, in Chicago to present their product ARTichar, a renewable activated carbon used for water filtration, at the Clean Energy Challenge. The six students represent Advanced Renewable Technology International, a company that was founded in 2013 by ISU students. Bernardo del Campo and Matthew Kieffer, both graduate students in mechanical [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Iowa State University student Catherine Meis, Le Mars, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Meis is a third-year student, majoring in materials engineering with a minor in bioengineering. Two other Iowa State students earned Honorable Mention in this year’s competition. They are Samuel [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…]

Mechanical engineering graduate student selected for international NSF research program

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Jeremy Caplin will travel to Seoul National University for international collaborations The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) recently announced the Fellows selected for its summer program designed to promote international, collaborative research projects in Asia. Mechanical engineering graduate student Jeremy Caplin was one of the students chosen for the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Gopalakrishnan co-edits textbook on sustainable pavements

Kasthurirangan "Rangan" Gopalakrishnan, research associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering

Kasthurirangan “Rangan” Gopalakrishnan, a civil, construction and environmental engineering research associate professor at Iowa State University, recently edited a textbook on pavement sustainability. Co-editors include John Harvey (University of California-Davis) and Wynand Steyn (University of Pretoria, South Africa) with individual chapters contributed by several colleagues. The book, titled “Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability and Pavements,” dives [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State professor and Ph.D. student explore new phase transformation mechanism

Valery Levitas

Researchers focused on the effect of elastic energy on nucleation. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, continues to work on the solid-solid phase transformation via intermediate melt (IM) research he developed a decade ago. His original work (Levitas et al. Phys. Review Letters, 2004, 92, 235702) has [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State design students help Fareway Stores launch a new venture

Graduate students Jingyu Liu, industrial engineering/human computer interaction, and Julian Osorio, graphic design, were part of the design studio class that helped Fareway create a brand identity for Midwest Quality Wholesale. (Photo by Christopher Gannon.)

When Fareway Stores Inc. looked to expand its reach from retail stores to a new wholesale business, company representatives sought help from the Iowa State University College of Design in creating a new corporate identity. The Iowa-based grocery company — with more than 100 stores in five states — named its new venture Midwest Quality [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…]

Rockets shake and rattle, so SpaceX rolls homegrown CFD

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At its engine plant in Texas, SpaceX is trying out a number of different injectors and other parameters to squeeze the most performance out of its engines, and it runs tests every day. These tests are expensive and, more importantly, even if you design engines and do physical testing on them and layer them with [Continue Reading…]

Chris Hill of CIRAS educates manufacturers about automation concepts

Lauren Cullen, an electrician at Acieta, sets up the preliminary stage of a project inside the industrial automation robotics company's facilities on March 24. (Staff photo/Joe Shearer)

Automation is increasingly a driving force behind manufacturing. A group of area business representatives and educators spent Tuesday learning about robotics and toured Acieta’s Council Bluffs facility through a program organized by the Southwest Iowa Manufacturers Alliance for Quality. The alliance brings together manufacturers served throughout Iowa Western Community College’s seven-county area. Its spring event [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…]

R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production method

Chris Williams

Civil, construction and environmental engineering professor uses Iowa agricultural products to create bioasphalt Asphalt materials affect everyone in the country, from the roads we drive on to the airports we fly out of. Producing the materials is a complicated process with many variables, one of which is the use of oil-based materials. Though asphalt production [Continue Reading…]

Nuclear engineering alumnus specializes in alternative energy wastewater treatment

Mike Locascio

Mike Locascio uses fluid dynamics knowledge to consult for ethanol plants, distilleries and other industries Most students have a moment where they are sitting in a class thinking they will never use the information once they leave campus. For Mike Locascio, it was a fluid dynamics lab he had to take prior to graduating with [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…]

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…]

Aerospace engineering professor selected as ASME Fellow

Hui Hu

Hui Hu recognized nationally for outstanding engineering achievements With a technical background in experimental aerodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Hui Hu, professor of aerospace engineering, has applied his knowledge across the fields of wind energy, aircraft icing and anti-icing/de-icing technology, thermal management of gas turbines, unsteady aerodynamics and microfluidics. Hu’s lasting contributions to the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

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Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade. They’re big, round structural pieces. They’re not shaped like an airfoil. And so they [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State doctoral student wins national scholarship in asphalt technology

Ka Lai Ng Puga, doctoral candidate in civil engineering

Ka Lai Ng Puga, an Iowa State University doctoral candidate in civil engineering, recently won the national David R. Jones, IV, PhD Scholarship from the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP). AMAP presented Ng with the $2,000 award Feb. 18 at AMAP’s 16th Annual Conference, held in Jacksonville, Fla. The David R. Jones, IV, PhD [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers developing pavement technologies to clear snow and ice from runways

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Alireza Sassani turned a switch and sent 60 volts of electricity into a small block of concrete. A few minutes later the Iowa State University doctoral student took some measurements and found the block’s surface temperature had risen from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 189 degrees. Next, Therin Young stepped up to the demonstration table and [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…]

AerE department chair interviewed about drone guidelines

This month the Federal Aviation Administration released proposed guidelines for commercial unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as ‘drones.’ Rich Wlezien, chair of the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University, says the current rules are so strict Iowa State students can’t even test the drones they’ve built in class because they pay ISU tuition, technically making [Continue Reading…]

Applying undergraduate knowledge to structures research and quality management

Lauren Ruchti

Lauren Ruchti works as undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Transportation As a junior in civil engineering, Lauren Ruchti is making sure she learns as much as she can about the practice of structural engineering to prepare for her career. Through her experience as an undergraduate research assistant, Ruchti is investigating important topics, like [Continue Reading…]