Dennis Vigil and Michael Olsen

Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

Photobioreactors, the production systems used to grow algae, seem to operate on a simple concept: place photosynthetic microorganisms in a liquid growth medium and add light. But Dennis Vigil, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State, and his research partner, Michael Olsen, professor of mechanical engineering, know that photobioreactors are much more … Continue reading Iowa State photobioreactor research could speed biofuels development

New ISU production facility delivers made-to-order algae

A new algae production facility at Iowa State University makes use of an innovative design that’s attracting interest from other universities and private industry. The algal production facility, which was built inside a greenhouse on the BioCentury Research Farm in rural Boone, went online in January and has been filling orders for algae researchers ever since. The … Continue reading New ISU production facility delivers made-to-order algae

Students applications needed for second Boeing sponsored design collaboration

Boeing has again committed to support a 2013 senior design project, which will be a year-long project that spans AerE 461 and 462.  We will need 12 students from ISU, paired with 12 from NCA&T and the project will be supervised by Thomas Gielda, adjunct professor in the aerospace department.  The two inter-school teams will … Continue reading Students applications needed for second Boeing sponsored design collaboration

Potter receives Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research award

Leslie Potter, senior lecturer in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, is part of a project that received an award from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research program created by President Steven Leath. The project, called “The Language of Writing in STEM Disciplines”, was awarded a proof-of-concept grant for up to $100,000 for one year. Carol A. Chapelle … Continue reading Potter receives Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research award

ME faculty receive Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research awards

Daniel Attinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Reza Montazami, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, both received awards from the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research program created by President Steven Leath. Attinger received a proof-of-concept award of up to $100,000 for one year. He is the principal investigator of a project titled “Computationally Engineered Plant … Continue reading ME faculty receive Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research awards

Drone technology explored at ISU research farm

Successful Farming Advanced Technology editor Laurie Bedord takes an in-depth look at drone technology and what it could mean for the future of precision agriculture in a special edition of The Machinery Show.  Parts of the show were filmed at ISU’s Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms in Boone. More: http://www.agriculture.com/successful-farming/machinery-show/drone-technology-on-machinery-show_540-ar31838

ISU alum’s career a lifetime of contributions to microchip design

Iowa State alumnus Robert Brayton says his engineering education laid a foundation for a “dream job” as a mathematics researcher at IBM when the computer industry was in its infancy. Brayton graduated from Ames High School in 1951, and it was clear to him then that he would be attending Iowa State’s engineering college. It … Continue reading ISU alum’s career a lifetime of contributions to microchip design

Kruse awarded Fluid Power Educational Foundation scholarship

  The Fluid Power Educational Foundation (FPEF) Board of Trustees awarded Brad Kruse of Dyersville, Iowa a $2,000 scholarship. Kruse is a senior majoring in agricultural systems technology. Brian Steward, faculty coordinator of the ISU Fluid Power Laboratory and professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering, wrote a letter recommending Kruse for the award. “I am … Continue reading Kruse awarded Fluid Power Educational Foundation scholarship