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

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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…]

Kothari working on Android malware with help from DARPA

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By Michael Still Your phone isn’t safe. Believe it or not, there was a time before voice command and GPS tracking when a phone was just a phone. Software plays a major role in making our phones do what they do which impacts in the way we live, work, and play. As a result, our safety [Continue Reading…]

Senator Ernst tours new ag labs at Iowa State

Senator Joni Ernst continued her 99 county tour Wednesday in Story County at Iowa State University.  Ernst toured a new complex of buildings on campus devoted to the latest Bio Renewable fuels and Agriculture and Bio Systems Engineering. “Our new buildings here are the result of our impact on the bio economy and agriculture here [Continue Reading…]

The impacts of the invisible: how microbes affect our lives

Adina Howe

New agricultural and biosystems engineering assistant professor studies microbiology and the influence of global change on the environment.  Adina Howe evaluates her success in two ways: through the impact her work has on society and through her students’ achievements. “It’s more than my personal accomplishments. As a professor, it’s exciting that I can motivate students [Continue Reading…]

ISU trains the next white-hat hackers

Doug Jacobson

Defenders of cybersecurity are fighting against the current, Iowa State University professor Doug Jacobson said. “All we ever are are defenders,” said Jacobson, an electrical and computer engineering professor. “Imagine playing a sport where you could never put your offensive team on the field.” Jacobson is also the director of Iowa State’s Information Assurance Center, [Continue Reading…]

Ph.D. alumnus featured in Taipei Times interview

Jerome Keating talks with David Ho and Edward Friedman about nuclear energy in Taiwan. Ho graduated with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1981. Read the interview here.

Developing the next generation of solar-powered robotic systems

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Ran Dai earns NSF CAREER award to design unmanned vehicles for long-duration, high-efficiency missions Using renewable energy to power aerial and ground vehicles could change the way we handle aspects of environmental monitoring, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and agricultural practices. To navigate these sorts of dynamic environments, Ran Dai, an assistant professor in aerospace [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Peter Taylor presents concrete technologies keynote at ICPA Workshop

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Peter Taylor, civil, construction and environmental engineering research associate professor and associate director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, led a general session keynote speech Feb. 5 at Iowa Concrete Pavement Association’s (ICPA) 51st Annual Concrete Paving Workshop. The ICPA Workshop was held at The Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Taylor, with Leif [Continue Reading…]

Aerospace engineering professor improves energetic performance of aluminum micron-scale particles

Valery Levitas

Valery Levitas demonstrates value of a new melt-dispersion mechanism Aluminum-fueled composites are known to have high-energy densities, especially in comparison to other fuel. That’s why researchers are interested in the reaction of aluminum particles with various oxidizers. Valery Levitas, Schafer Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, says the main direction being [Continue Reading…]

Materials science assistant professor uses affordable tools to create nanoparticle catalysts and drug-delivery systems

Martin Thuo

Martin Thuo studies low-cost nanoparticle production Creating multi-layer, squishy or solid, nanoparticles is difficult and often requires sophisticated, expensive equipment. But that didn’t stop materials science assistant professor Martin Thuo, who, with his team, run a lab where frugal science is a central theme. He and his postdoc, Dr. Ian Tevis, set out to develop [Continue Reading…]

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recognizes outstanding ABE faculty and staff

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff February 5. Those awards included: The Early Adviser Award went to Jenny Macken, who is an adjunct adviser in agricultural and biosystems engineering. Jenny is an adviser and mentor to more than 250 students. One of her students describes her [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory partners with National Renewable Energy Laboratory in nationwide advanced composite institute

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Engineering researchers will provide expertise on designing wind blades for manufacturability as part of a new manufacturing innovation hub announced by the White House. The U.S. Department of Energy recently selected a collaborative research team that included Iowa State University for a large initiative focused on advanced composites. The White House announced the new Institute [Continue Reading…]