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Team PrISUm survives triple-digit temperatures and puts laps on its competitors

It was 104 degrees in the pits at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. And that was a problem for some of Team PrISUm’s closest competitors in the three-day, 15-team Formula Sun Grand Prix.

High school teachers, students take CBE learning higher in special ISU programs

Some of the people heading in and out of labs in Sweeney Hall and the BioRenewables Complex during the summer months aren’t typical students – but then, the programs that brought them here aren’t typical either. Once again this summer the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering joined other university departments in the Research Experiences …Continue reading “High school teachers, students take CBE learning higher in special ISU programs”

Tatas’ group research initiative gets a Bengaluru ‘Address’

The Tata Group will acquire a new address in Bengaluru, the technology and innovation capital of India. The diversified business conglomerate will in September house its group technology office, a team of world-class technologists, in a building named ‘The Address’ in the Outer Ring Road area of the city. The goal for the team, to be headed by the group’s chief technology officer, Gopichand Katragadda, is to develop significantly disruptive products.

Iowa State’s Alleman completes US Department of State, USAID fellowship

Ukraine. Armenia. Moldova. Bosnia-Herzegovina. Jim Alleman, Cerwick Faculty Professor of Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, provides his environmental engineering expertise to these countries as a way of implementing, in part, key U.S.-eastern Europe policy. Alleman is one of 13 U.S. university professors to complete a 2014-2015 Jefferson Science Fellowship. The Jefferson Science Fellow Program …Continue reading “Iowa State’s Alleman completes US Department of State, USAID fellowship”

Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix

The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Andersen comments on the danger of manure pit fumes

A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from a northwest Iowa hog manure pit — the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous manure pit gases this month. It takes just a few seconds for routine maintenance work …Continue reading “Andersen comments on the danger of manure pit fumes”

Opinion: Improved testing could reopen bridges

Imagine pulling up to a bridge that you previously used but now is closed to you because of weight restrictions. What will you have to do to get to your destination? How far out of your way do you think you’ll go to complete a delivery or make it home? Well, that is exactly the kind of scenario that happened to me just last year. It was after harvest, and I was taking a shipment of soybeans to the local elevator. I arrived at a small, rural bridge that recently had been given a weight limit that I couldn’t clear. When that happens, it can be a lot more than just an inconvenience.

How to hire top tech talent and keep them engaged

It seems like most companies these days are hurting for technical talent. But Keeper Security, which provides password management and security, manages to consistently hire top developers and coders without offering outlandish salaries or jaw-dropping perks. How do they do it? In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, co-founder and CTO Craig Lurey shares some of the company’s secrets to great hiring.

Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study

Diana Rodriguez, incoming senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Iowa, took advantage of an opportunity that most high school students don’t experience – develop research at Iowa State University. Throughout summer 2015, Chris Rehmann, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at Iowa State, and Lauren Schwab, Iowa State master’s student in …Continue reading “Iowa State researchers mentor high school student in river contaminant flow study”

UAS could save farmers millions, study finds

Most farmers are not able to legally fly UAS and will have to wait for the Federal Aviation Administration to finish developing rules to allow the technology to be used regularly for business, while maintaining certain safety and privacy standards. An FAA proposal this year would allow flying UAS that weigh less than 55 pounds, stay within …Continue reading “UAS could save farmers millions, study finds”

Boeing’s new CEO: From summer intern to corner office

Maybe a few ambitious interns took notice and saw what’s possible when Dennis Muilenburg stepped into his new job at Boeing Co. this month. After all, Muilenburg, the newly anointed CEO of the global aerospace giant, was standing in their shoes exactly 30 years ago. As a Boeing intern, he probably was wondering back in …Continue reading “Boeing’s new CEO: From summer intern to corner office”

Former astronaut, ISU grad Clay Anderson on book tour

The only Iowa State University graduate to walk in space is coming back to the Midwest this weekend on his first book tour. Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson flew two missions aboard the International Space Station, spending a total of 167 days in orbit. The 56-year-old Anderson attributes his small town upbringing to giving him the …Continue reading “Former astronaut, ISU grad Clay Anderson on book tour”

Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), which is housed at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), partnered with the Civil, Construction and Environmental (CCEE) department at Iowa State University to receive the Portland Cement Association (PCA) Education Foundation J. P. Gleason Fellowship. Peter Taylor, research associate professor of CCEE and director of the …Continue reading “Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research”

Architectural firm hires civil engineering alum

Cannon Moss Brygger Architects (CMBA) announced that Mat Higgins has joined its staff.
Higgins is joining CMBA’s Sioux City team as a structural engineer-in-training. He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Iowa State University in Ames.

GPM Inc. announces director of engineering

Rob West, CEO of GPM Inc., announced that Terry King was appointed as the director of engineering for the company. In this role, King will oversee all aspects of engineering and design within GPM, as well as coordinate efforts for special engineered products. King brings with him extensive experience in engineering management and over 30 years of industrial manufacturing experience, including heavy machining plant management, foundry and fabrication.