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    • New CoMFRE project to improve droplet breakup models

      The team will inject droplets into a flow chamber with a uniform turbulent field and take high-speed videos of the droplet as it is deformed and broken by turbulence. Different droplet sizes and fluid types will be filmed many times over to create a large body of videos that will be statistically analyzed to yield new insights on the droplet breakup process.

    • Selfie of student in front of Amcor building Tomorrow’s future makers: Women in Engineering Day

      This week is International Women in Engineering Day, recognizing all the ways women engineers are innovating, optimizing, building and creating a brighter tomorrow.

    • Engineers develop cybersecurity tools to protect solar, wind power on the grid

      Solar panels and wind turbines, now projected to produce 44% of America’s electricity by 2050, present cybersecurity challenges.

    • Photo of Cassie standing in hallway CCEE’s Cassie Rutherford Receives $300,000 Grant Creating Adaptive Climate Change Strategies for Alaskan Community

      Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) professor and researcher Cassie Rutherford recently received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation for $300,000 through the ‘Navigating the New Arctic’ project to work with communities, stakeholders and government officials to find ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment to help communities battle climate change.

    • Soft, porous microelectrodes to better understand TBI mechanisms

      Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) Associate Professor and CoMFRE affiliate Nicole Hashemi has received over $600,000 grants from the Office of Naval Research and a $225,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research to better understand mechanisms of injury from mechanical forces in TBI.

    • LAUNCH-UAS students with AstroCy in Howe Hall lobby Summer of undergrad research underway in Aerospace Engineering with LAUNCH-UAS

      The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s LAUNCH-UAS undergraduate research program has initiated its takeoff for 2022. Eight students from around the nation are making Iowa State University and the Department of Aerospace Engineering (AerE) their summer home for the ten-week program.

    • Photo of the drone in the lab. The drone is black with wings coming out of the arms on the drone ABE Receives $300,000 Grant from Walmart Foundation for Food-Waste Prevention Research Using Drone Technology

      Food waste is an issue that impacts farmers and communities around the world. As new technology develops and machines gathering crops begin to span larger areas, passing over produce that is rooted deep into the ground or smaller in size can become easier to miss.

    • CCEE’s David Sanders Named ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award Winner

      David H. Sanders, CCEE’s Greenwood Department Chair and Professor at Iowa State, has been named a Henry L. Kennedy Award recipient.

    • BioMaP REU students group photo Expanded BioMaP undergrad research program underway with 18 students

      Students from Iowa State University and around the nation are settling in for a summer of hands-on research work with ISU’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) with the BioMaP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.

    • Hands-on research experience sets course for aerospace career

      Andy Hammer, senior in aerospace engineering, reached out right away in their first year to Kristin-Yvonne Rozier, Building a World of Difference Faculty Fellow and associate professor in aerospace engineering, about getting hands-on reseasrch experience in with Rozier’s lab. Three years later and not only is Hammer an experienced undergraduate research student in Rozier’s lab, now they are working on an independent project with Rozier’s mentorship – setting Hammer on the path to an exciting future career in aerospace engineering research.

    • Oviedo, Spain summer lab in full swing with support from Whitney scholarships

      A cohort of 11 chemical engineering students have embarked on the study abroad summer lab program that many point to as the highlight of their undergraduate experience in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) at Iowa State University. Accompanied by CBE faculty member, teaching professor Stephanie Loveland, the group is now in Oviedo, Spain participating in the chemical engineering summer lab experience, which is conducted in collaboration with faculty and facilities at the University of Oviedo.

    • Photo of Department Chair Amy Kaleita and professor Jacek Koziel holding two retirement gifts for Koziel: A carved metal sign with his name and a glass globe with cyclone colors inside Professor Jacek Koziel Retires After 18 Years in ABE

      Now, Koziel is moving on to the next adventure – retiring from ABE, and beginning his journey as a Research Leader of the Livestock Nutrient Management Research unit for the United States Department of Agriculture in the USDA-ARS Conservation & Production Research Lab.

    • Michelle Soupir at a lab bench Modeling the agro-ecosystem to minimize AMR risks

      Michelle Soupir, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, leads a $1 million project to create a predictive model of antimicrobial resistance sources and transport through agricultural environments – and to assess which ag management practices will most effectively reduce AMR health risks.

    • A student inside a lab holds up and examines a lithium-ion cell. Cyclone Engineers aim to advance battery science and technology for Naval applications

      A team of Cyclone Engineers hope to advance the fundamental understanding and capabilities of lithium-based batteries for Naval applications with the help of a new grant from the Office of Naval Research.

    • As the grid adds wind power, researchers have to reengineer recovery from blackouts

      When the power grid goes down, there’s a step-by-step recovery process – a “blackstart” that up to now has depended on power from gas or hydro turbines spinning away inside a power plant.