Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.

Harvest-related publications included in food safety series available from Iowa State University

“Increased production coupled with consumer demands for food safety assurance require good manufacturing practices and the training to support them, at all levels of the grain market,” said Charles Hurburgh, professor-in-charge of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative. “Market activities are much more interrelated than in the past.”

Iowa State, Chevron team up to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

ME’s Hsu named a 2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher

Ming-Chen Hsu, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, was recently named a 2016 Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. Each year Thompson Reuters, a Toranto-based mass media company, compiles a list of the top 1 percent of the most cited researchers with papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection between 2004 [Continue Reading…]

$2.2 million grant will study bioprosthetic heart valve durability with computer simulations

Ming-Chen Hsu, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, is part of a research team recently awarded more than $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop computer simulations that improve the durability of bioprosthetic heart valves (BHV). The new study aims to build on existing research in the field of BHV and develop [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State’s ECpE department receives Department of Energy grant for $1.3 million

Three faculty members in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) have been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The award of $1.3 million comes from the program “Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D-2016.” Ruth Shinar, senior scientist at the [Continue Reading…]

Jeong leads NSF project to develop fast, efficient means of analyzing data

Have you ever heard two people describe the same thing but come up with two very different descriptions? Discrepancies can cause problems. And when it comes to gathering data (and analyzing that data), construction engineer David Jeong says discrepancies in language present huge roadblocks. “You want to use the term ‘highway,’ I want to use [Continue Reading…]

Research continues toward pit foaming solution

Much has been learned about the causes of pit foaming in hog facilities, says Dan Andersen. However, he cautioned, much more needs to be understood before the potentially deadly problem can be solved. Andersen, an ag engineer with Iowa State University, is one of several scientists working toward a solution to pit foaming. Under the right [Continue Reading…]

Hurburgh honored for applied research accomplishments

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to two professors for applying research findings to benefit Iowans. The Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research was presented to Charles Hurburgh, a professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering who is professor-in-charge of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, and Joseph Sebranek, [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student recognized for wheelchair design research

Mechanical engineering graduate student Jonathan Vander Wiel was recently recognized for his research on efficient wheelchair design. Vander Wiel, who is currently in the third semester of his MS in mechanical engineering at ISU, received $1,000 for the paper he and his colleagues at LeTourneau University presented at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) student [Continue Reading…]

Mufit Akinc named interim director of the Iowa Energy Center

Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics, devices