Engineering students enter hands-on competitions

Students in the College of Engineering are preparing for two spring competitions—the regional Chem-E-Car competition and the University Mars Rover Challenge. The Iowa State Daily carried a story about the preparations.

Iowa State, Ames Lab engineer works to develop better batteries for energy alternatives

Get Steve Martin going on the science and technology of batteries and he’ll reach for a sheet of graph paper. Martin, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering in Iowa State University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will fill that sheet with the … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab engineer works to develop better batteries for energy alternatives

Doraiswamy Honor Lecture addresses conversion of biomass to liquid fuels

James A. Dumesic, Steenbock Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present the 2010 L. K. Doraiswamy Honor Lecture at Iowa State University on Thursday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. in 171 Durham. His topic is “Catalytic Approaches for Conversion of Biomass to Liquid Fuels and Chemicals.” The lecture is … Continue reading Doraiswamy Honor Lecture addresses conversion of biomass to liquid fuels

CBE’s O’Donnell receives $750,000 Early Career Research award

Jennifer O’Donnell, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, has been awarded $750,000 over five years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Early Career Research Program. O’Donnell’s research project was one of 69 funded through the new program, which is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by … Continue reading CBE’s O’Donnell receives $750,000 Early Career Research award

Engineering alums help third-world countries through nonprofit

Greg McGrath, a 25-year-old Iowa State graduate in mechanical engineering, and three fellow Iowa State grads (Chris Deal and Wes Meier, ME; and Lee Beck, horticulture, food science, and Spanish) started a nonprofit organization to aid poverty-stricken countries worldwide. Their group, called Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS International), imlements technologies, educates the public, and serves … Continue reading Engineering alums help third-world countries through nonprofit

Iowa State researchers part of $78 million national effort to develop advanced biofuels

Two teams of Iowa State University researchers will receive a total of $8 million over three years from a $78 million U.S. Department of Energy program to research and develop advanced biofuels. Victor Lin – professor of chemistry, director of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology’s Center for Catalysis at Iowa State and chief … Continue reading Iowa State researchers part of $78 million national effort to develop advanced biofuels

MSE student co-director of Iowa State Dance Marathon

Iowa State students and volunteers will spend 15 hours dancing to raise funds for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital during the 13th annual Iowa State University Dance Marathon on Saturday, Jan. 23. Dance Marathon — Iowa State’s largest student-run philanthropic event, raising $1.3 million since it started in 1998 — will begin at 9 … Continue reading MSE student co-director of Iowa State Dance Marathon

Students rock Howe Hall at Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship

On Saturday, January 16, 72 teams of 9- to 14-year-olds from all over Iowa competed in the FIRST LEGO League Championship in Howe Hall on the Iowa State campus. This year’s theme was “Smart Move” and involved two equally weighted components—a robot that maneuvered a course as well as a research project presented to a … Continue reading Students rock Howe Hall at Iowa FIRST LEGO League Championship

Iowa State engineering technology to appear on ‘The Biggest Loser Couples’

Software technology developed by Iowa State University engineers will give contestants of NBC’s The Biggest Loser Couples a close look inside their bodies. The episode airs at 7 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, Jan. 12. A doctor will use the BodyViz technology to show contestants their MRI scans in 3-D. James Oliver, an Iowa State professor of … Continue reading Iowa State engineering technology to appear on ‘The Biggest Loser Couples’

Numbers show a record year in research for College of Engineering

Research expenditures at the Iowa State University College of Engineering exceeded $70 million in fiscal year 2009, a record amount for the college. The total expenditure of $70,619,785 (for the period July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2009) represents an increase of 4.6 percent over the previous fiscal year. Expenditures are considered a more direct … Continue reading Numbers show a record year in research for College of Engineering

Engineering college appoints Kurtenbach associate dean for administration

The Iowa State University College of Engineering has named Jim Kurtenbach the college’s associate dean for administration, effective January 11. In this newly created position, Kurtenbach will guide the college’s information technology, distance education, personnel, and financial operations. Kurtenbach is also an associate professor of accounting at Iowa State and will retain his ties with … Continue reading Engineering college appoints Kurtenbach associate dean for administration

Iowa State’s Solar Decathlon House—The Year in Review

Interlock House, the Iowa State entry into the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, made quite a name for itself while on display in Washington, D. C. this past year. Chosen as one of only twenty entries worldwide, Interlock House ended the competition with a twelfth-place finish, one the Iowa State team is very proud of, especially … Continue reading Iowa State’s Solar Decathlon House—The Year in Review

Engineering researchers work to improve yield from aqueous extraction processing of soy

Researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering are studying the aqueous extraction processing of soy as a “promising green alternative to hexane extraction processing.” K. A. Campbell, a graduate student in the department, and Professor Chuck Glatz have recently published their findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Read more here.