Archives for November 2014

Pittsburgh’s New Immigrants: Iowa State alum, CMU president Subra Suresh makes the case for diversity

The guest of honor was running late. The 85 students waiting for him were patient, though, because it was a beautiful fall day, and they shared a special bond with the man coming to join them. Each of the students was born in another nation and had chosen to come to Carnegie Mellon University to [Continue Reading…]

Gregory awarded Trapp Graduate Fellowship in CNDE

Elizabeth Gregory, PhD candidate in aerospace engineering, has been awarded the first Trapp Graduate Fellowship from the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE). Her thesis is titled, “Condition estimation of material state based on NDE measurements within a Bayesian framework”. Gregory is active on campus serving as the president of the ISU graduate student chapter of [Continue Reading…]

Richard LeSar named an AAAS Fellow

For his work advancing materials science, statistics, animal science and biophysics, Richard LeSar, the Lynn Gleason Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is one of four Iowa State researchers to have been named 2014 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). LeSar, who is also [Continue Reading…]

New courses in biorenewables leverage Iowa NSF EPSCoR

The Biorenewable Resources and Technology (BRT) Program at Iowa State University is growing with the help of Iowa NSF EPSCoR support and faculty expertise. The graduate program was the first in biorenewable resources established in the United States. It pulls faculty from 16 academic departments and five colleges for a truly interdisciplinary experience. Iowa NSF [Continue Reading…]

STRIPS: A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt

It’s hard to imagine maintaining the current food system without Iowa. Yet that state — symbolic of both the unparalleled richness of our continent’s agricultural potential and the mess we’ve made of it — has undergone a transformation almost as profound as the land on which cities have been built. A state that was once [Continue Reading…]

Clayton Anderson films educational YouTube clip on glaciers in Ashland

As an astronaut traveling high above space, Clayton Anderson saw a view of glaciers that few of us will ever experience. On Saturday, the retired astronaut was back home in Ashland filming a segment about glaciers and how they are formed that will be used next year as part of a online project for children. [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State researchers hope to make bioplastic adhesives stick in the marketplace

Written by Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. Their goal is to produce commercially viable bioplastic adhesives that will [Continue Reading…]

Civil engineering alumnus named American Council of Engineering Companies chairman

The following is a passage from a Nov. 14, 2014, press release from TranSystems: Peter Strub (BSCE’81), a principal at TranSystems, has been selected as the next Chair Elect/Chairman for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). His term as Chair Elect will begin in April 2015, and as Chairman he is set to preside [Continue Reading…]

CIRAS project honors fallen Iowa war veterans

This past Veteran’s Day, Iowa State’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the North Iowa Vocational Center (NIVC) teamed up on a project that turns lumber into beautiful wooden urns for Iowa’s fallen veterans. Vietnam vet Dave Crowe started the project at NIVC, where he found his calling teaching people with disabilities the [Continue Reading…]

Guest post: Maximizing the broader impacts of faculty research

As an engineering professor, educating the next generation of engineers and advancing important research go hand in hand. Finding ways to integrate those two priorities is a unique challenge, but one that we at Iowa State have worked hard to cultivate and improve. In 2011, I joined a team led by the vice president for [Continue Reading…]

Weems Troupe selected for Aviation Week’s Twenty20s List

Aerospace engineering alumna one of twenty recognized as emerging leaders Sarah (Weems) Troupe may have only been officially in the workforce since May, but she’s already being recognized for her outstanding talents. Troupe was recently named to Aviation Week’s Twenty20s list based on her involvement as a student at Iowa State and her contributions to [Continue Reading…]

New Iowa State mobile classroom brings advanced technology learning to K-12 schools

Sure they flock to 3-D movies and send Instagrams with a frenzy, but can they model a tractor part with a MakerBot? Or test ergonomic design with Oculus Rift? Although Iowa’s K-12 population is tech savvy, they still have more to learn before maneuvering through advanced technology to solve problems in design and manufacturing, says [Continue Reading…]