New Iowa State assistant professor studies interdisciplinary area of data science and system science after career in industry

From engineering to mathematics and physics, Soumik Sarkar’s varied experience has given him a strong foundation for building a research program and educating others. As Soumik Sarkar settles into the mechanical engineering department as an assistant professor, he’ll continue to pursue complex systems and data in as many ways as he can. Sarkar initially received … Continue reading New Iowa State assistant professor studies interdisciplinary area of data science and system science after career in industry

Ionic liquids open door to better rare-earth materials processing

U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute materials chemist Anja Mudring is harnessing the promising qualities of ionic liquids, salts in a liquid state, to optimize processes for critical materials. Read the full story at the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory.

Larry Koehrsen: The slow drip of climate change

Larry Koehrsen is a graduate of Iowa State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. He worked in the consulting engineering business, focusing primarily on environmental issues and projects. He is now retired and lives in Ames. He is passionate about reversing climate change. Koehrsen advised readers of his letter to the editor, … Continue reading Larry Koehrsen: The slow drip of climate change

ME ROTC graduate to enter leadership role

On Dec. 20, 2015, three cadets concluded their ROTC journeys during a ceremony on campus. They are now beginning new paths as commissioned second lieutenants in the United States Army. Second Lt. Derrick Hill, a recent graduate in mechanical engineering, will go on to be an engineer officer. Additionally, Second Lt. Trenton Speer, graduate in interdisciplinary … Continue reading ME ROTC graduate to enter leadership role

New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Air Management Practices Assessment Tool, AMPAT for short, is web-based and available at no charge at www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat. “The website was developed to help … Continue reading New tool evaluates options for reducing odors in livestock operations

Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

Real World Design Challenge hosts Iowa State freshmen in Washington, D.C. Getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has been an educational goal for many schools, organizations and the government. The Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) also has this goal, which it emphasizes during state competitions and a national competition in … Continue reading Iowa State students participate in national STEM challenge

Ryan appointed to editorial board of IEEE journal

Sarah Ryan, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, was selected to be a new editor of the journal IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The mission of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems is to serve the whole Power System community, including researchers, practitioners, educators … Continue reading Ryan appointed to editorial board of IEEE journal

Materials science and engineering professor selected as American Physical Society Fellow

The American Physical Society strives to become the leading source for physics information that advances science and humanity. APS has more than 50,000 members as of 2014, but only a select few are chosen to serve as fellow. Richard LeSar, professor of materials science and the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering, has joined the … Continue reading Materials science and engineering professor selected as American Physical Society Fellow

ABE students recognized for achievement at ATMAE conference

Two ABE graduate students won national scholarships at the recent Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) conference. ATMAE sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership, and design. Michael P. Thornton, a doctoral student in Industrial and Agricultural Technology, was awarded the Clois E. Kicklighter … Continue reading ABE students recognized for achievement at ATMAE conference