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

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 ABE alums featured in Resource Magazine careers issue

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 CBE Graduate Seminar Series fall schedule is announced

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

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 FHWA awards top graduate fellowship to Iowa State students

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 ABE students finish internships at Anez Consulting

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 Darr: Calibrate yield monitors more often

ITec alum named President, COO of Toro Company (TTC)

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) announced that Richard M. Olson has been elected to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer effective September 1, 2015. Olson, 51, has served the company in various roles throughout his 29-year tenure, most recently as Group Vice President of its International and Micro-Irrigation businesses while also having responsibility … Continue reading ITec alum named President, COO of Toro Company (TTC)

ABE faculty, students and alum recognized at ASABE meeting

Several members of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering faculty and student body attended the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) conference in New Orleans from July 25 – 29, 2015.  The department has been a consistently strong presence at the conference, and this year’s recognitions are as follows: ABE student recognitions: 4th Place Fountain Wars Competition … Continue reading ABE faculty, students and alum recognized at ASABE meeting