AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins

AirPad, the Aerial Imaging Reconnaissance Program for Agricultural Development, will soon be able to reach a major milestone thanks to a significant gift from Rockwell Collins. The program is planning to design, build, and test an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agricultural remote sensing in developing parts of the world. “We have started fabricating a concept model, and this … Continue reading AirPad receives gift from Rockwell Collins

Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers

David Grewell flipped on the augers that carry corn from a truck to a biorefinery. Then, with a few more clicks of his computer mouse, he turned on the pumps that send grain all the way through an ethanol plant, from storage to hammer mill to slurry tanks to jet cooker to liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, … Continue reading Learn to run a biorefinery in a virtual control room developed by Iowa State researchers

Local FIRST LEGO team wins Global Innovation Award

A prosthetic device created by a Girl Scout team from Ames and Gilbert―known as the “Flying Monkeys”―has earned the team the inaugural FIRST Global Innovation Award, presented by the X PRIZE Foundation. The Flying Monkeys will receive up to $20,000 from the X PRIZE Foundation toward patenting their invention, called the BOB-1. The team submitted … Continue reading Local FIRST LEGO team wins Global Innovation Award

Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend

After making it to the quarterfinals in last year’s RoboGames with their very first competition robot, the Iowa State Robotics Club’s BattleBots team worked even harder this year to improve the performance of their robots at the 2011 RoboGames’ Combat Robot competition in San Francisco, Calif., April 15-17. This year, the BattleBots team is taking … Continue reading Engineering students to compete at BattleBots competition this weekend

NSF Director Subra Suresh

NSF director wraps up campus visit (updated)

Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, delivered the inaugural Vlasta Klima Balloun Lecture on Friday, then crossed campus to receive the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Suresh, who earned his MS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State, met with the media Thursday before holding a series of roundtable meetings with industry representatives and leaders … Continue reading NSF director wraps up campus visit (updated)

Sri Sritharan

Sritharan offers earthquake building design expertise in panel discussion

Sri Sritharan, the Wilson Engineering Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, was a panelist for a Science Center of Iowa Cafe Scientifique discussing the recent crisis in Japan. He focused his presentation on earthquake building design. The panel included Iowa scientists and emergency response specialists and covered the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. The … Continue reading Sritharan offers earthquake building design expertise in panel discussion

Flying Monkeys

Iowa FLL team makes strong impression at Prometheus Awards

The award-winning Iowa FIRST LEGO League team the Flying Monkeys recently gave a presentation at the Prometheus Awards about their BOB-1 hand device. The Prometheus Awards are Iowa’s largest and most prestigious awards devoted to promoting and celebrating the innovation and high-tech excellence in Iowa. The Flying Monkeys presented to an audience of more than … Continue reading Iowa FLL team makes strong impression at Prometheus Awards

Engineers among undergraduates to showcase their research and creative expression (Updated)

More than 100 Iowa State University undergraduate students will share 87 research projects during the university’s fifth annual “Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression.” The symposium will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Memorial Union on the ISU campus. The event is free and open to the public. Topics range … Continue reading Engineers among undergraduates to showcase their research and creative expression (Updated)

Engineering students win Student Activities Center awards

Veishea 2011 and the Student Activities Center had a recognition ceremony Tuesday to honor Iowa State’s outstanding leaders, faculty, and organizations. Winners associated with the College of Engineering include Brian Capesius, senior in mechanical engineering, a student leader recognized for hard work Katherine Ament, graduate in materials science and engineering, recognized with the Outstanding Student … Continue reading Engineering students win Student Activities Center awards

Engineering students hold outreach event

Iowa State engineering students introduced shoppers to the world of engineering Saturday at North Grand Mall, conducting experiments and explaining the processes. The College of Engineering holds its outreach event at North Grand Mall every year. This year’s objective was to provide the public with a fun look at science, with 15 clubs participating. Activities included making homemade … Continue reading Engineering students hold outreach event

ME student is 2011 Goldwater Scholar

Two Iowa State University students have been named Goldwater Scholars and a third student received an honorable mention in the nation’s premier undergraduate scholarship award in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. The Goldwater Scholars are Chloe Dedic, a mechanical engineering major from Mason City, and Nathaniel Looker, a global resource systems and agronomy major from … Continue reading ME student is 2011 Goldwater Scholar