Archives for August 2015

New injection molding machine will increase production capacity at Iowa State University, CB2

By Jeni Maiers. A new injection molding machine will increase production capacity and prototyping capabilities of the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), a Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) program at Iowa State University. David Grewell, director of CB2 and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE), organized the purchase of an HM 90/350 injection [Continue Reading…]

Grain drying research guides farmers in harvest and winter storage plans

As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a high-temperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, agricultural and biosystems engineering specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.

Cultivating Iowa’s growth in bio-based plastics

Researchers at Iowa State University are teaming up with a wide range of industry part- ners from across the country to develop new bio-based plastics and biocomposite materials designed to replace petroleum-based plastics with renewable versions made from corn or other bio-based byproducts.

ABE alums featured in Resource Magazine careers issue

Two recently graduated ABE student are featured in the September/October edition of Resource Magazine – Careers Issue. Andrew Towey majored in biological systems engineering. He works full time at Renewable Energy Group (REG) in Ames, IA on intellectual property projects that generally involve the pretreatment of feedstocks used to produce biodiesel, either lab or pilot scale. Jason Schuster majored in agricultural [Continue Reading…]

CBE Graduate Seminar Series fall schedule is announced

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has released its fall semester 2015 Graduate Seminar Series schedule. Part of the required curriculum for chemical engineering graduate students at Iowa State, the seminars are open to all engineering departments at Iowa State and all chemical and biological engineering departments nationally. This fall’s series spotlights not only [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, industry partners dedicate $5.3M biopolymers pilot plant

Iowa State University, in partnership with many state and national organizations, is one step closer to commercializing bio-polymers. More than 200 Iowa State faculty, staff and students, as well as university corporate and government partners, celebrated the dedication of the $5.3 million Bio-Polymer Processing Facility August 26. The new facility at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research [Continue Reading…]

FHWA awards top graduate fellowship to Iowa State students

This fall Iowa State University’s civil engineering program attracts two exceptional graduate students as Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellows, a national graduate student award that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors. Ellen Nightingale and Patricia Thompson, both master’s students in civil engineering, bring a wealth of experience to Iowa State’s transportation engineering research program. Each [Continue Reading…]

ABE students finish internships at Anez Consulting

Two Iowa State University students are finishing their summer internships in the Willmar area at Anez Consulting Inc. of Willmar. They are Ashlyn Milbrath and Mitchell Hora. Milbrath grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is attending Iowa State University for biological systems engineering and agronomy. She assisted the engineering team with various projects and [Continue Reading…]

Fall Field Day tour at ISU SE Iowa Research Farm

Farmers and those who advise farmers about crops will want to attend the annual fall field day at the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on September 10, according to Rebecca Ahlers, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Field Agronomist. The field day begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include four stops. “One [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Argo Genesis Chemical to dedicate new, $5.3 million bio-polymer pilot plant

Eric Cochran led the way, counterclockwise, from one 500-gallon industrial tank to another and then another. By the time he got to the 1,300-gallon holding tank at the end he had explained how Iowa State University engineers are producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.

Kohl: Buena Vista farmers eye near record corn

It stands to be a near-record harvest this fall for the Buena Vista County region – but it won’t be a record year for farm profits. So said Kris Kohl, ag engineering expert for the Iowa State University Extension office for Buena Vista County, as he made his rounds on Wednesday. “We’ve had just about [Continue Reading…]

Darr: Calibrate yield monitors more often

Data to drive management decisions is becoming more important as increasingly sophisticated analysis services come online. “The analysis you can get on hybrids, fertility and other management programs is only as good as the data allows,” says Matt Darr, a precision agriculture specialist and professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. “Benchmarking [Continue Reading…]