ABE graduate student embraces Midwest agricultural culture

Liz Luby

Liz Luby studies how antibiotic resistance in manure affects Iowa agriculture Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Liz Luby worked as an undergraduate research assistant in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. Her boss suggested she attend graduate school and connected her with ISU associate professor Michelle Soupir. In those moments, Luby knew she would be coming [Continue Reading…]

ISU corn stover training paying off for Iowa small businesses and startup companies

In the cornfields of central Iowa last fall, employees of newly created, small, local businesses prepared and collected corn stover — the stalks, leaves, and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, which launched production in the fall. The corn stover harvesters were trained [Continue Reading…]

College of Engineering and LAS professors study STEM faculty engagement

Diane Rover

Researchers in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering at Iowa State University are studying factors affecting the engagement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty and the contributions of their work. The study, “EAGER: Understanding and Strengthening STEM Faculty Engagement, the Institutional Environment and Transformative Research,” proposes to [Continue Reading…]

How crop waste could become carbon-negative energy

Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to determine whether crop residue could pay off in three ways simultaneously: as a source of biofuel, as a soil enhancer, and as a long-term sink for carbon dioxide. At the heart of their investigation is a heating process known as pyrolysis that turns plant matter into biochar, [Continue Reading…]

Four questions for an international Iowa State alumnus

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Manuel Mateos de Vicente graduated from Iowa State with a master’s in civil engineering in 1958 and a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1961. He lives in Moraleja, near Madrid, Spain, and is an expert in hydraulic fluids (he has written 12 books on the subject), clay minerals and their atomic composition, and traffic safety. [Continue Reading…]

CoE faculty grants funded by Leopold Center

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The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 17 innovative research and demonstration projects that promise to move agricultural production toward greater sustainability while improving Iowa’s soil and water resources. The research will provide new knowledge on soil health, specifically how phosphorus moves under different cropping systems and how certain changes deep below [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State wins 2015 TRB Best Paper relating auto crashes, lane widths

Award-winning team (pictured from left): Raha Hamzeie, Bo Wang, Amrita Goswamy, Brendan Russo, Associate Professor Peter Savolainen, Georges Bou-Saab, Emira Rista, and Timothy Barrette.

A team of students from the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University recently received a best paper award through the 2015 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Contest. The award was presented at the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting, held Jan. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. The Iowa State team comprised seven [Continue Reading…]

Rise of Machines competition: Engaging students in robotics

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In December, a group of Iowa State graduate and undergraduate students gathered at the Applied Science Complex to demonstrate their passion for making robots smarter and more autonomous. The event was the first “Rise of Machines” robotics competition, organized by Professor Sourabh Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering who has been developing a cutting edge research program [Continue Reading…]

NFPA funded research developing contaminant sensor – ISU Tech Brief

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Students at Iowa State University are working on a research project, Dielectric Spectroscopic Sensor Development for Hydraulic Fluid Contaminant Detection, funded by the NFPA Education and Technology Foundation. The goal of the project is to develop a practical dielectric sensor for detecting contaminants in hydraulic fluids. The sensor was designed and fabricated to be low [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students part of global challenge to reduce food insecurity

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Olivia Reicks and Trey Forsyth want to be part of the solution to end world hunger. It’s a daunting task considering that it will take a 70 percent increase in food production by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population, but that only serves as motivation for the two Iowa State University [Continue Reading…]

Chemist by trade studies catalyst design in engineering program

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CBE’s Jean-Philippe Tessonnier adds to biomass conversion research at Iowa State When Jean-Philippe Tessonnier began college at the University of Strasbourg in France, he decided to major in chemistry. As he progressed further into the bachelor’s program, Tessonnier realized that he wanted to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to industrially relevant problems. This [Continue Reading…]

Cellulosic bales dot countryside

While the move toward cellulosic ethanol has often appeared to be in slow motion to outside observers, those working directly with the new industry say much is being learned about harvesting the cornstalks used to run the first cellulosic plants in Iowa and the Midwest. “We’ve come a long way,” says Keith Webster, a researcher [Continue Reading…]

New aerospace professor works to connect the world with more efficient air travel 

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Peng Wei, a self-titled “airplane nerd,” joins the Iowa State faculty in the Department of Aerospace Engineering beginning in January 2015. He’ll teach two classes in systems engineering and work on three areas of research related to his biggest interest: air traffic management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and airline and airport operations. Wei earned his [Continue Reading…]

SHRP 2: Iowa State engineers help build national highway research program

Iowa State University researchers are at the forefront of a national highway research program – The Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 is a second-generation national highway research program administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (TRB) and in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor published in Aerospace America

How would a scientist go about destroying an asteroid or comet, also known as NEOs, headed toward a major city on Earth? Bong Wie, aerospace engineering professor and Asteroid Deflection Center founder, offered advice on the situation in the January 2015 issue of Aerospace America. Though experts expect Earth to be struck every 100 million years by [Continue Reading…]

Two from ECpE elected IEEE Fellows

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David Weiss and Manimaran Govindarasu recently were elected Fellows of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). The two became the 14th and 15th ECpE faculty members to be named IEEE Fellows. Weiss, Professor of Software Engineering, was elected for his contributions to software measurement and product line engineering. “I am very pleased to [Continue Reading…]

Adarsh Krishnamurthy: Incorporating video game technology into pacemaker therapy

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Mechanical engineer focuses research on speeding up simulations for biomedical applications Growing up, Adarsh Krishnamurthy had a fascination for cars that later inspired him to pursue engineering as a career. However, he also had an affinity for computer science, thanks in part to his older brother, who earned degrees in the field. Krishnamurthy found a [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State assistant professor studies interdisciplinary area of data science and system science after career in industry

Soumik Sarkar

From engineering to mathematics and physics, Soumik Sarkar’s varied experience has given him a strong foundation for building a research program and educating others. As Soumik Sarkar settles into the mechanical engineering department as an assistant professor, he’ll continue to pursue complex systems and data in as many ways as he can. Sarkar initially received [Continue Reading…]

Ionic liquids open door to better rare-earth materials processing

U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute materials chemist Anja Mudring is harnessing the promising qualities of ionic liquids, salts in a liquid state, to optimize processes for critical materials. Read the full story at the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory.

Materials science and engineering professor selected as American Physical Society Fellow

The American Physical Society strives to become the leading source for physics information that advances science and humanity. APS has more than 50,000 members as of 2014, but only a select few are chosen to serve as fellow. Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, has joined the [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University researchers make fish food from Iowa agricultural commodities

Kurt Rosentrater

Researchers at Iowa State University are charting new waters by turning the state’s agricultural commodities into fish food, work that could help farmers find new revenue streams and provide a boost to U.S. fish production. Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, is studying how food derived from corn and soy can [Continue Reading…]

Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering chosen for Alexander von Humboldt Research Award

Krishan Rajan

Rajan’s research in big data earns international recognition Krishna Rajan has pioneered the new and emerging field of materials informatics, which involves the application of statistical learning and informatics techniques to a broad range of materials science problems. Rajan, who holds joint appointments in the materials science department and the bioinformatics and computational biology program, [Continue Reading…]

Andersen offers new “Manure Scoop” blog

A new blog from Iowa State University professor Dan Andersen discusses topics pertaining to the science of manure. Andersen says he will be writing about how manure is handled, options for treatment, how to effectively use it as a fertilizer, potential environmental impact and new technologies being developed to improve manure use. The most recent [Continue Reading…]

Engineering graduate students present research, attract 150+

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The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) department hosted the 4th Annual CCEE Graduate Research Showcase and Poster Competition on Dec. 2. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff attended the event held on the second floor of Town Engineering Building. The CCEE Graduate Student Council organized activities. The event showcased research of 25 graduate [Continue Reading…]

ISU, Grewell to Lead New Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

The Iowa Board of Regents today approved the National Science Foundation Industry & University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites. The center’s research will develop knowledge about the production of an array of high-value products, including plastics, coatings, adhesives and composites, from agricultural and forestry feedstocks. A partnership among universities, industry and government, the [Continue Reading…]