Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

Valery Levitas—Schafer 2050 Challenge Professor and faculty member of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering—and his post-doctoral associate Mahdi Javanbakht, have published the paper “Phase transformations in nanograin materials under high pressure and plastic shear: nanoscale mechanisms,” in the high-impact journal Nanoscale. There are two main challenges in the discovery of new high-pressure phases and the transformation … Continue reading Iowa State professor, post-doctoral associate explore potential of discovering new phases under high pressure and shear

ABE graduates awarded fellowships

Three Ph.D candidates from the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) were awarded fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Rohith Gali and Xiao Liang were awarded the Guy Fellowship, and John Stinn was awarded the Giese Fellowship. The Giese Graduate Fellowship was established in memory of Henry Giese, a long time professor in the structures … Continue reading ABE graduates awarded fellowships

Civil engineering alumnus bridges gaps across the world

When Mike LaViolette was eight years old, he would spend afternoons at his grandpa’s farm watching construction workers operate cranes and place concrete as they built a bridge across a nearby county road. Later on, he went on family-driving vacations that often journeyed across bridges to reach the destination, which includes crossing the Mackinac Bridge … Continue reading Civil engineering alumnus bridges gaps across the world

Fish & Richardson names Iowa State graduate Bret Winterle as principal in Dallas

DALLAS – Fish & Richardson has named Iowa State University graduate Bret Winterle as a principal in the firm’s IP Litigation Group in Dallas. Winterle represents clients in patent litigation matters involving telecommunications, semiconductors, e-commerce, banking, payments, electronic messaging, computer software, business methods, medical devices, and oil and gas drilling technologies. He received his J.D. from the … Continue reading Fish & Richardson names Iowa State graduate Bret Winterle as principal in Dallas

Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University agree to a pre-engineering program

AMES, Iowa – Officials from Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University have signed an agreement to provide a seamless pathway for IWCC students to receive an engineering degree from the ISU College of Engineering. Students who complete recommended courses at IWCC in two semesters and transfer to Iowa State will be on track … Continue reading Iowa Western Community College and Iowa State University agree to a pre-engineering program

First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

Written by Anne Krapfl The provost’s office has selected the first 22 graduate programs to receive central funding for an additional – and exceptional — doctoral student under President Steven Leath’s Presidential Scholars program announced in November. Seven of the programs selected are interdepartmental and two were submitted by two colleges. With funding available for up to … Continue reading First group of Ph.D. programs selected for scholar funding

A search engine for code

Kathryn Stolee’s Satsy could revolutionize the way amateur (and professional) coders search. By Michael Still Writing software is kind of like solving a puzzle,” said Kathryn Stolee, the Harpole-Pentair Assistant Professor of Software Engineering. Any programmer who has suffered long hours in search of missing code can an attest to this analogy. But now, thanks … Continue reading A search engine for code

Thirteen civil engineering students awarded Iowa County Engineers scholarships

The Iowa County Engineers Association honored 13 civil engineering students with $500 scholarships (each matched 100 percent by CCEE) at the 67th Iowa County Engineers Conference, held Dec. 10-12 at the Scheman Building. The recipients include: Senior Shannon Gaskell Senior Jacob Hagan Senior Brandon Horbach Senior Ryan Iburg Senior Robbie Kromminga Junior Jenny Kuenstling Senior … Continue reading Thirteen civil engineering students awarded Iowa County Engineers scholarships

Biofuels Digest lists Iowa State faculty and staff in top people in the bioeconomy

Biofuels Digest has named Robert C. Brown, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, of Iowa State’s Bioeconomy Institute the No. 23 person on its 2013-2014 list of top people in the bioeconomy. Larry Johnson of Iowa State’s Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm and Brent Shanks, Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor and director … Continue reading Biofuels Digest lists Iowa State faculty and staff in top people in the bioeconomy

Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence

A passion for the fundamental sciences and for things that grow motivate Ludovico Cademartiri, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering, as he develops methods for making new materials using polymers and crystals at Iowa State University. In a recent study, Cademartiri led a team of scientists that researched the formation and properties of … Continue reading Research on nanowires helps scientists communicate across the fence

Iowa State faculty member to Head Distillers Grains Technology Council

The Distillers Grains Technology Council has named Kurt Rosentrater, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, to be its executive director and chief executive officer. Rosentrater joined Iowa State in 2011 after eight years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he led the agency’s only research program devoted to … Continue reading Iowa State faculty member to Head Distillers Grains Technology Council

ISU student-designed app tracks butterflies and attracts worldwide attention

Written by Teddi Barron Iowa State University News Service AMES, Iowa — An app designed by Iowa State University computer engineering students is catching the attention of butterfly researchers and monitors from Ames to Europe. The Unified Butterfly Recorder (UBR) is a fully functional app for Android phones and tablets available on Google Play store. … Continue reading ISU student-designed app tracks butterflies and attracts worldwide attention

Graduate student’s research brings forensics and engineering together

One Iowa State student’s research took her to Albuquerque, New Mexico to present at the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners annual training seminar. Laura Ekstrand, graduate assistant in mechanical engineering, has been conducting research with Iowa State faculty and the Ames Laboratory to explore new opportunities in forensics technology. Ekstrand’s research focuses on … Continue reading Graduate student’s research brings forensics and engineering together

Joe Crawford, ME alumnus and professor emeritus, passes away

Joe Crawford, an Ames resident and former professor of mechanical engineering, died September 28 at Northcrest Community in Ames at age 92. Crawford was born August 30, 1921 in Otis, Colo. to Charles W. and Elinor (Neel) Crawford. After growing up in Cedar Rapids and attending Washington High School, Joe served as an Army mechanic … Continue reading Joe Crawford, ME alumnus and professor emeritus, passes away

ABE scholarships for study abroad experiences

Scholarships are available for all ABE undergraduate and graduate students who are or will be participating in study abroad experiences including student exchange programs, study abroad travel courses, and international professional development.  To apply, complete the ABE Study Abroad Scholarship Form and email to Brian Steward, Chair of ABE International Programs Committee at bsteward@iastate.edu by 5 … Continue reading ABE scholarships for study abroad experiences