Nastaran Hashemi receives UHC Mentoring and Teaching Award

Nastaran Hashemi, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering, recently received the University Honors Committee Award for Teaching and Mentoring.

ISU students get hands-on experience with biomass production

ISU students, including Phil Skogmo an industrial technology senior, and their work at the BioCentury Research Farm were featured on KWQC TV6 on May 10. Students there are at the forefront of cutting edge biomass research, in hopes of creating a world with less waste and more profit. The BCRF is the only facility of its [Continue Reading…]

Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability

Growing a lush and environmentally friendly lawn might be easier thanks in part to some Iowa soybeans and some innovative research from the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and CB2 Director, and James Schrader, an associate scientist in horticulture, lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

Engineers from across the country — including Iowa State’s Ted Heindel — will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

Hannah Bygd: Using materials to advance immunology

Graduate student combines interests in materials science and biochemistry Driven by her diverse educational background, graduate student Hannah Bygd is using her well-rounded knowledge to make a big impact on the medical field. Bygd, a graduate student at Iowa State studying materials science, is looking at macrophage reprogramming. She and Kaitlin Bratlie, an assistant professor [Continue Reading…]

Student – industry collaboration aims to capture energy from the prairie

Written by Bob Mills, communications and marketing for the Bioeconomy Institute Two teams of mechanical engineering students from Iowa State University have designed a system to convert prairie grasses into fuels and other products as part of their senior capstone project. The effort involved close collaboration with an industrial company, Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC, including a visit [Continue Reading…]

Cyclone Space Mining doubles down on new and better robot technology

Kristen Cetin: Utilizing smart technology to understand building energy use

Kristen Cetin, an assistant professor in civil engineering, is making the built environment more energy efficient through the use of smart technology and data.

Cory Kleinheksel: Improving education

Cory Kleinheksel is taking steps to improve education for future generations of students and teachers.

Professor’s article in top 100 Scientific Reports

  Associate professor, Jaeyoun Kim’s article, ‘Microrobotic tentacles with spiral bending capability based on shape-engineered elastomeric microtubes’,  placed as one of the top 100 read Scientific Reports articles in 2015, out of almost 11,000 papers published. Kim’s article discusses a new, direct peeling-based technique for building long and thin, highly deformable microtubes and a semi-analytical [Continue Reading…]

Howe: Mixed findings from FDA NARMS interim report

Gov. Branstad tours INRC projects, emphasizes partnership for conservation success

Last week, Gov. Terry Branstad visited Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC) field sites at the Iowa State University Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm to sign a proclamation celebrating Soil and Water Conservation Week. The governor and attendees were presented cover crop and bioreactor research at the farm. The Iowa Learning Farms’ Conservation Station served [Continue Reading…]