ABE alums featured in Resource Magazine careers issue

Two recently graduated ABE student are featured in the September/October edition of Resource Magazine – Careers Issue. Andrew Towey majored in biological systems engineering. He works full time at Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, IA on intellectual property projects that generally involve the pretreatment of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel, either lab or pilot scale. Jason Schuster majored in agricultural [Continue Reading…]

FHWA awards top graduate fellowship to Iowa State students

Patricia Thompson and Ellen Nightingale_Eisenhower Fellowships

This fall Iowa State University’s civil engineering program attracts two exceptional graduate students as Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellows, a national graduate student award that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors. Ellen Nightingale and Patricia Thompson, both master’s students in civil engineering, bring a wealth of experience to Iowa State’s transportation engineering research program. Each [Continue Reading…]

ABE students finish internships at Anez Consulting

Two Iowa State University students are finishing their summer internships in the Willmar area at Anez Consulting Inc. of Willmar. They are Ashlyn Milbrath and Mitchell Hora. Milbrath grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is attending Iowa State University for biological systems engineering and agronomy. She assisted the engineering team with various projects and [Continue Reading…]

ABE faculty, students and alum recognized at ASABE meeting


Several members of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty and student body attended the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference in New Orleans from July 25 – 29, 2015.  The department has been a consistently strong presence at the conference, and this year’s recognitions are as follows: ABE student recognitions: 4th Place Fountain Wars Competition [Continue Reading…]

George Washington Carver intern studies wine aroma

Wine aroma

Nanticha Lutt, from West Des Moines, spent her summer studying wine aromas from cold-hardy grapes as a George Washington Carver intern. She worked with Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, and Somchai Rice, a doctorate candidate in toxicology, on the Northern Grapes Project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Specialty Crop [Continue Reading…]

Chemical and Biological Engineering dives into “I Look Like An Engineer” social media campaign

CBE's Dr. Laura Jarboe was the inspiration for the department's involvement in the campaign.

A one-woman effort to stand up for diversity in engineering on social media has caught fire worldwide – and Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has proudly jumped in with both feet. In a coordinated effort, the department joins women, men, engineers of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds, students, and people [Continue Reading…]

Alum, farmer in Deerfield brings new idea from college

While irrigation and sub-irrigation or tilling are methods commonly used in Iowa’s agriculture, a recent Iowa State University graduate says it is not commonly practiced in Southwest Missouri. Rusty Johnson, a class of 2015 graduate, says he wants to bring Missouri farmers a new way to combat overly wet and dry months during farming. His [Continue Reading…]

Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix


The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

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Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research


The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), which is housed at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), partnered with the Civil, Construction and Environmental (CCEE) department at Iowa State University to receive the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation J. P. Gleason Fellowship. Peter Taylor, research associate professor of CCEE and director of the [Continue Reading…]

Aaron Still: From a Raider to a Cyclone

Aaron Still, a 2014 graduate of Hudson High School, is a member of the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band.

Aaron Still had a great freshman year at Iowa State University. It was a busy one, too. The week before the fall semester began, Still auditioned for the Iowa State University Cyclone Marching Band. He demonstrated his marching skills for the directors; played a short, difficult composition on his trombone; and finished by performing the “ISU Fight Song” from memory.

Iowa Learning Farms guest blog post: Making a difference


Today’s guest blogger is Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! student intern Pacifique Mugwaneza Simon, or Pac for short! Pac is a fourth year student at Iowa State University studying Industrial Technology and Agriculture System Technology. His family is originally from Burundi, a small country in East Africa, but Pac spent most of his childhood in refugee [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State Traffic Operations Lab partners civil engineering, Institute for Transportation, Iowa DOT

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Many Iowa State University students, faculty researchers, and engineers at the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) have partnered to develop traffic solutions for Iowa’s highways. Neal Hawkins, director of the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE) and adjunct lecturer of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Mike Jackson, state traffic [Continue Reading…]

Danfoss Fluid Power Teaching Lab places 3rd in photo contest


A photo submitted by Dr. Brian Steward, and taken by communications specialist Dana Woolley, earned 3rd place in the “Fluid Power Professionals in Action” category. The photo contest was started to celebrate the wonder of fluid power and those in this industry. It’s a fun, creative way to get professionals involved and showcase what they [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Creating positive change through engineering and leadership

Erika Vaassen

“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” – Brené Brown Before I even officially chose Iowa State, I was approached by a learning community called Women in Science and Engineering. After hearing more about the program on my campus visit, I quickly made my decision and then [Continue Reading…]

FPEF Awards Scholarship to Andrew Hansen, Iowa State University

The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Andrew Hansen, mechanical engineering senior, a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Hansen was one of the top eight (8) students and received the distinguished FPEF scholarship underwritten by Danfoss, Ames, Iowa. Hansen was formerly enrolled in ABEME 413 taught by Dr. Brian Steward, professor of agricultural and biosystems [Continue Reading…]

Caterpillar crowdsourcing event demonstrates students’ innovative capabilities

CAT Crowdsourcing story

Student organizations work on real-life design challenge The College of Engineering hosted its first ever crowdsourcing day with Caterpillar on April 11, 2015. Seven student organizations that work with engineering design were invited to participate in this full-day challenge to solve a real problem the company was facing. Students were charged with developing a new [Continue Reading…]

Governor, Iowa DOT to honor Iowa State construction engineering students

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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department of Transportation selected students of the Iowa State University Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter to receive the Group Governor’s Volunteer Award. They will be honored at a recognition ceremony June 8 at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Andy Reynolds, a spring 2015 construction engineering graduate, is [Continue Reading…]

Mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate awarded for paper on spray research


Benjamin Halls was recently recognized by the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for research he conducted during his graduate program at Iowa State. Halls, a 2014 mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, received the Simmons Award for Best Student Presenter for his paper “X-ray Fluorescence Measurement of Mixing in Impinging Jets.” The research for the [Continue Reading…]

Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

Team PrISUm; (from left) Nathan Coonrod, Andrew Mallek, Garret Coleman, Lucas Ince, Patrick Fiedler, Matt Goode and Ben Pieper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, during a visit to the State Capitol by Team PrISUm, Iowa State University's Solar Car Team.   (Merle Laswell/For the Register)

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team [Continue Reading…]

Young innovators bring creations to life in NASA Goddard Spinoff Challenge

Which of NASA’s space-venturing creations would you like to see used on Earth? Are there ways to reinvent spacecraft technologies that could improve the lives of humans? Students across the country joined forces to answer these questions and ultimately design a virtual environment for showcasing ideas in the NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME InWorld Spinoff Challenge. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State students apply construction engineering theory to electrical boards

Board Building Precast crew

Thirty-nine students, divided into seven teams, compile power drills, load centers, pull wire, screws, circuit breakers, and light bulbs to assemble them onto 2-by-4-foot plywood boards. They build scaled-down building electrical systems – an exciting project in CON E 353, the electrical systems for building course in Iowa State University’s construction engineering program. Jenny Baker, [Continue Reading…]

French high jumper Vallet warming to life at Iowa State

A little Googling took Marine Vallet a long way. The high jumper from France needed to complete a study-abroad program as part of her degree requirements for INSA Rennes. So the materials engineering major did a little research and landed at Iowa State. She found the corresponding courses. She got along well with the coaches.

Cyclone Space Mining pushing to remain a leader at NASA compeition

Phillip Molnar, left, Tyler Broich, right, and the rest of the Cyclone Space Mining team are busy assembling their robot for NASA's May 18-22 competition at the Kennedy Space Center. Larger photo. Photo by Mike Krapfl.

Early in the week, the mining robot of Cyclone Space Mining was mostly a pile of parts in the team’s campus workshop. And that pile was still too small. So team members were working at a bank of nearby computers, designing more parts for their mining machine. And Tyler Broich, the team’s vice president, was getting ready to order a few more blocks of aluminum that could be turned into all those new parts.

Cyclone Power Pullers create tractor that makes life easier for operators


Don’t sweat the small stuff? Don’t tell that to the Cyclone Power Pullers. The team of 10 ISU students designed and built a quarter-scale tractor over the course of the last academic year to enter in a national competition this month. And, as countless engineers have learned before them, sometimes seemingly small details can lead [Continue Reading…]