CCEE students sweep awards at regional, national Intelligent Transportation Systems contests

Tingting Huang says transportation engineering data analysis can be daunting. “After we’ve collected this data, how do we know if the data is good enough, is good for the research or application?” Huang said. Pranamesh Chakraborty works with massive quantities of data from freeway sensors. He, too, knows that real-world analysis presents challenges. “It’s a huge [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University joins 12 public and private universities calling for increased federal investment in agricultural research in response to modern challenges

In the Retaking the Field report, Iowa State researchers Lisa Schulte Moore and Matthew Helmers outline efforts to protect soil and water by interspersing strips of native prairie in corn and soybean crops. The practice of STRIPS — Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips — helps to improve water quality by reducing sediment, [Continue Reading…]

From “hola” to “adios,” it’s a memorable experience for CBE’s Oviedo, Spain summer lab group

  ¡La exploración de la ingeniería química en España! (Exploring chemical engineering in Spain!) That’s exactly what the participants in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Oviedo, Spain Summer Lab Program have been doing for the past five weeks. The long-running program, held in conjunction with the University of Oviedo and the University of [Continue Reading…]

Students earn International Bridge Conference recognition for accelerated bridge construction research

Zhao Cheng knows first-hand the serious effects of earthquakes. “I experienced the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in high school,” Cheng said. “So I desire to construct a bridge that can resist an earthquake well.” Through his research at Iowa State University, that’s what Cheng and fellow graduate assistant Robert Peggar are doing. The two ISU Department of [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University receives $2 million National Science Foundation grant to transform approaches to teaching and learning in electrical and computer engineering

AMES, Iowa – Students at Iowa State University majoring in electrical and computer engineering will greatly benefit from a new $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a new collaborative instructional model for course design that will transform their education and develop the next generation of engineers. Electrical and computer engineering [Continue Reading…]

Undergrad researchers from around the nation settle in with CBE’s BioMaP

Mentored undergraduate research is in full swing in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering with the 2016 BioMaP REU program. Twelve students from institutions around the nation have joined with ISU CBE faculty to participate in this novel nine-week research opportunity, formally known as the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates. Participants [Continue Reading…]

CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

When it comes to energy-efficient buildings, Kristen Cetin looks for a balance between comfort and cost. “The controls that you can propose might save energy but might not make the occupants feel too comfortable,” Cetin said. “If you just turn off the A.C. (air conditioning), yes, you save a lot of energy. But nobody’s going [Continue Reading…]

Knowledge on Tap – Uniting Iowa State University and the Ames community

About the author: Allison Cargill is currently a mechanical engineering graduate student at Iowa State University working on biosensor development. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Allison moved to Ames in 2014 for graduate school and is a third generation Iowa State engineer.  What comes to mind when [Continue Reading…]

Assistant professor receives ASEE Mechanical Engineering Division New Educator Award

Since he joined Iowa State in 2012, Ganesh Balasubramanian, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, has been working on developing and implementing learning content for the next generation of students, scientists, and engineers that integrates research with education. He says tying research with student learning is increasingly important and inevitable given the speed of scientific [Continue Reading…]

Kara Lind: Growing plants in LEGOs

After finishing her B.S. in chemical engineering at Iowa State, graduate student Kara Lind was looking for a change of pace. But she didn’t have to travel very far. Staying at Iowa State, Lind is now a graduate student in materials science and engineering. During her time as an undergraduate, Lind focused on biofuels research, [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Formula Team working overtime to re-engineer race car downforce and drag

CIRAS’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program receives 2016 Outstanding Project Award

Early in 2016, Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) launched a comprehensive training program designed to standardize the way Iowa companies learn about government contracting. In April, the program received national recognition during the spring conference of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) CIRAS, which is part of the [Continue Reading…]