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…]

Former visiting student returns to Iowa State for graduate school

Ligia

Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano aims to improve Brazilian research techniques Originally from Brazil, agriculture and biosystems engineering graduate student Ligia de Oliveira-Serrano traveled to Iowa State in 2011 after receiving a scholarship to study internationally. While in Ames, she made many friends and learned about Iowa’s knowledge of agriculture. De Oliveira-Serrano returned to Brazil a semester [Continue Reading…]

Howe featured in ‘Nature’ spotlight on big data

Adina Howe

Last month, Adina Howe took up a post at Iowa State University in Ames. Officially, she is an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering. But she works not in the greenhouse, but in front of a keyboard. Howe is a programmer, and a key part of her job is as a ‘data professor’ — [Continue Reading…]

Graduate student researches commercial airflight lift after an initial love of toy airplanes

Anil Jairam

Anil Jairam uses new technology to increase lift of laminar wings Even as a child, Anil Jairam had aerospace engineering in his sights. He was always fascinated by flight and enjoyed playing with toy airplanes. Now, he’s focusing his attention on advancing the design of aircraft wings. Jairam attended Bartlett High School, Academy of Science, [Continue Reading…]

Kaleita and Bowler research low-cost sensors to monitor nitrate concentration

(Left to Right): Amin Gorji, Amy Kaleita, Brett Zimmerman, Nicola Bowler

CoE faculty project can help landowners with conservation efforts The USDA recently awarded Amy Kaleita, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Nicola Bowler, professor of materials science and engineering and of electrical engineering, a research grant to study how to produce a low-cost sensor to monitor nitrate concentration in drainage tile lines. Though [Continue Reading…]

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…]