Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 14 and 15

The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting this May in Irving, Texas. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers grains marketing and merchandising, animal nutrition, processing technologies and governmental regulations,” said Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council and an … Continue reading Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 14 and 15

Shao grows yeast to economically convert biomass to biorenewables

Zengyi Shao, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State University, grows genetically engineered yeast to address pentose utilization in mixed sugars. Shao says this is “a critical challenge in biomass utilization” in order to economically produce biorenewable fuels and chemicals. Shao recently received a one-year, $75,000 Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant for … Continue reading Shao grows yeast to economically convert biomass to biorenewables

Education Report: ISU, DMACC partner on engineering event

Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State University are co-sponsoring a Discover Engineering Day in April. High school students considering a career in engineering and their parents are invited to attend the free, three-hour interactive program that will allow students to experience activities performed by professional engineers. During the program, planned for 10 a.m. … Continue reading Education Report: ISU, DMACC partner on engineering event

Solberg wins 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year award

Michael Solberg, senior in mechanical engineering, was presented the 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year Award on Feb. 26. The award recognizes student employees for their hard work and achievements at Iowa State University. Solberg works at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm near Boone, Iowa. “I do everything from grounds keeping to assisting in facility … Continue reading Solberg wins 2013-2014 Student Employee of the Year award

Room-temperature vaccine could be boon to developing countries

Balaji Narasimhan, Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of Chemical Engineering, discussed the potential of nanovaccines at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas, held March 16-20. Nanovaccines, which embed proteins from disease-causing organisms into tiny, polymer spheres five hundred times smaller than the width of a human hair, can be designed to target any … Continue reading Room-temperature vaccine could be boon to developing countries

Civil engineering alumnus helped build Durham Center, first Iowa State concrete canoe

Dick Netley (BSCE’73, MSCE’77) has had the privilege to design structures near and far and even part of Iowa State University’s history. His inspiration to design buildings sparked at age 11. His father built the family cabin on Whitefish Lake, Minn., about 100 miles north of Minneapolis. “He actually cut down the trees himself, hauled … Continue reading Civil engineering alumnus helped build Durham Center, first Iowa State concrete canoe

IE alumnus promoted to Senior VP of Engine Products at Donaldson Company

Thomas R. Scalf, BSIE’89, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Engine Products, from his current role as Vice President of Global Industrial Air Filtration. Scalf joined Donaldson in 1989 and has held a number of key roles including Plant Manager in the US and Europe, Director of Operations, and General Manager in the Exhaust and … Continue reading IE alumnus promoted to Senior VP of Engine Products at Donaldson Company

Iowa State civil engineering graduate program increases ranking

Iowa State University’s civil engineering graduate program improved its ranking in the most recent U.S. News and World Report. Based on a survey of 145 civil engineering graduate programs in the U.S., both private and public, Iowa State’s program ranks No. 31 (No. 20 among public civil engineering programs). Rank has improved by one from the 2013 … Continue reading Iowa State civil engineering graduate program increases ranking

Iowa State’s Jing Dong publishes study on plug-in electric vehicles

Below is an excerpt from a March 11, 2014, Green Car Congress article: A study based on a spatial and longitudinal travel dataset by a team from Lamar University, Iowa State University (Assistant Professor Jing Dong) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that whether plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) have lower energy costs than conventional gasoline vehicles … Continue reading Iowa State’s Jing Dong publishes study on plug-in electric vehicles

ME graduate program on the rise in rankings

The mechanical engineering graduate program at Iowa State moved up in the rankings to No. 36 nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools, and among public institutions is ranked 21st overall. In 2013, the program was ranked 44th overall and 24th among public institutions. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is … Continue reading ME graduate program on the rise in rankings

ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University presented annual awards to faculty and staff at its spring awards ceremony on March 12. Award winners include: The Outstanding Service in Student Recruitment and Retention Award goes to David Grewell, an associate professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He developed a strategic plan … Continue reading ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Faculty and Staff