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

George Washington Carver intern studies wine aroma

Nanticha Lutt, from West Des Moines, spent her summer studying wine aromas from cold-hardy grapes as a George Washington Carver intern. She worked with Jacek Koziel, agricultural and biosystems engineering associate professor, and Somchai Rice, a doctorate candidate in toxicology, on the Northern Grapes Project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Specialty Crop … Continue reading George Washington Carver intern studies wine aroma

Col. Martin designs flight experience around technology, teamwork

Dr. Richard Wlezien, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, wanted to make a required flight experience class something students would remember long after their time in the department. In order to do that, he hired someone who could bring that vision to life. At the end of a long hallway in the basement of … Continue reading Col. Martin designs flight experience around technology, teamwork

When it rains, it pours: HPC@ISU powers advanced agronomy research

The American Midwest has recently seen significant precipitation and two major floods — in 1998 and 2008 — from extraordinary rain falls across the Great Plains. What is causing this dramatic change in weather patterns? Is it the warming planet? Are the crops themselves influencing dramatic weather changes taking place over the last couple decades?

Chemical and Biological Engineering dives into “I Look Like An Engineer” social media campaign

A one-woman effort to stand up for diversity in engineering on social media has caught fire worldwide – and Iowa State’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) has proudly jumped in with both feet. In a coordinated effort, the department joins women, men, engineers of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds, students, and people … Continue reading Chemical and Biological Engineering dives into “I Look Like An Engineer” social media campaign

Karen Haman has Iowa State “homecoming” as new CBE lecturer

Dr. Karen Haman enjoyed two summers of undergraduate research in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State. Now, as a newly-hired lecturer in Chemical and Biological Engineering, the native of nearby Huxley, Iowa said she is ready to embrace a return to ISU. “This is like a homecoming for me,” said Haman, who recently completed … Continue reading Karen Haman has Iowa State “homecoming” as new CBE lecturer

Thomas Mansell brings passion for engineering human health to Iowa State CBE

Medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and depression can be addressed through the engineering of bacterial communities that already exist within the human body. And Dr. Thomas Mansell wants to develop the ways to do that through research that he will now bring to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State as … Continue reading Thomas Mansell brings passion for engineering human health to Iowa State CBE

Alum, farmer in Deerfield brings new idea from college

While irrigation and sub-irrigation or tilling are methods commonly used in Iowa’s agriculture, a recent Iowa State University graduate says it is not commonly practiced in Southwest Missouri. Rusty Johnson, a class of 2015 graduate, says he wants to bring Missouri farmers a new way to combat overly wet and dry months during farming. His … Continue reading Alum, farmer in Deerfield brings new idea from college