ISU researchers use biochar to improve soil (updated 7/2)

Engineering researcher Robert Brown has learned firsthand about the promise of biochar as a way to improve soil. Read the full story. Find out more about biochar technology and what researchers are saying about it. Check out details of the biochar conference that took place at Iowa State on June 27-30.

Rock stars, Hollywood look at engineering researcher’s unique 3-D technology

William Lohry took a seat before a projector-camera combination and offered his best smile. And there, on a nearby computer monitor, was a perfect, but colorless, 3-D image of every line, contour and movement on the face of the senior chemical engineering major from Sioux City. It was like a moving mask, digitally and exactly … Continue reading Rock stars, Hollywood look at engineering researcher’s unique 3-D technology

Team PrISUm finishes American Solar Challenge at the speed limit

The students of Team PrISUm kept their solar-powered car at the speed limit for most of the final 110 miles of the American Solar Challenge on Saturday. Read the entire news release. Follow updates on the Iowa State solar car on Team PrISUm’s 2010 American Solar Challenge Blog.

From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights

Three Iowa State University engineers—one drawing on hands-on experience and the others applying theory, mathematics, and computational modeling—offer a detailed look into how the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have begun, and how planners can prepare to minimize the effects of any future spills. Watch the video. Cement expert questions judgment, … Continue reading From cement to ocean current modeling, Iowa State engineers offer oil spill insights

Engineering technology is focus of study tour to Brazil

Eighteen Iowa State and University of Kentucky students recently returned from two weeks in Brazil, where they got a firsthand look at coffee farms and sugarcane production. Brian Steward, Iowa State associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Scott Shearer, chair of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Kentucky, led the tour. … Continue reading Engineering technology is focus of study tour to Brazil

Formula Team believes it has finally found the speed in its race car

Iowa State’s mini open-wheel race car – still missing its body panels, paint and sponsor decals – recently took another test spin around the Jack Trice Stadium parking lots. The students of the Iowa State Formula Team who spent the past year designing and building the $30,000 car, had lots of data to collect and … Continue reading Formula Team believes it has finally found the speed in its race car

Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State

Richard Wlezien has been named the Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. Currently professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, Wlezien will begin at Iowa State’s College of Engineering on August 16. Wlezien’s career includes extensive experience in industry, academia, and the federal government. He … Continue reading Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State

Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State

Richard Wlezien has been named the Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. Currently professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, Wlezien will begin at Iowa State’s College of Engineering on August 16. Wlezien’s career includes extensive experience in industry, academia, and the federal government. He … Continue reading Wlezien to chair aerospace engineering at Iowa State

Alum is nominee for next NSF director

President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Subra Suresh, MSME’79, as director of the National Science Foundation. Suresh is currently dean of the MIT School of Engineering. Read an article from MITnews.

Top student heading to Iowa State from East High

High-achieving student Alma Marquez, a scholarship winner on her way to study chemical engineering at Iowa State University, symbolizes the potential that can be found at East High in Des Moines. Read the full Des Moines Register editorial.

Jiles returns to Iowa State to lead electrical and computer engineering

The College of Engineering at Iowa State University has announced that David Jiles will serve as the Palmer Department Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE). Jiles, director of the Wolfson Centre for Magnetics and professor of magnetics at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, is making his return to Iowa State. He was named … Continue reading Jiles returns to Iowa State to lead electrical and computer engineering

Kessler’s CAREER award combines quests for self-healing, biorenewable polymers

The successful pursuit of polymer research along two separate lines brought Associate Professor Michael Kessler to a simple yet unexpected confluence of ideas that raised a straightforward question: Why not combine them? His proposal to do so has earned the materials science and engineering researcher a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for a … Continue reading Kessler’s CAREER award combines quests for self-healing, biorenewable polymers