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

Blasting asteroids: ISU team works to defend against “city-killers”

On this River to River segment, Ben Kieffer talks with Professor Bong Wei about the threat of asteroids and how researchers at Iowa State University are working to develop technologies to prevent asteroids from colliding with Earth. Wei recently helped conduct a three-year study on the feasibility of rapidly intercepting and nuking an incoming asteroid.

Guest post: Living and working in Nicaragua

This post originally appeared on the EOS International blog. It’s written by Gloria Starns, senior lecturer in mechanical engineering. Starns has been to Nicaragua the past two summers with the non-profit Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS). EOS was founded by ISU engineering alumni and is dedicated to providing sustainable technology to help generate income and … Continue reading Guest post: Living and working in Nicaragua

Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

A total of 12 students are learning life lessons from a retired astronaut. Clayton Anderson, senior lecturer and retired U.S. astronaut, said his goal isn’t to necessarily train the next generation of astronauts, but to teach students to think in ways they haven’t before. Ten students from Iowa State University and two from Tuskegee University … Continue reading Workshop trains students to think like astronauts

Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

Twelve college students will get a chance this week to catch a glimpse into the life of an astronaut, without actually having to go through the two-and-a-half years of training. Iowa State University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering is holding its second Spaceflight Operations Workshop from Aug. 10 to 16. Ten students from Iowa State and … Continue reading Spaceflight workshop gives glimpse into astronaut life

Ag engineering alum named 2015 ASABE Fellow

WILLIAM J. ELLIOT, P.E., research engineer, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Moscow, Idaho, is being honored for his outstanding leadership in edu- cation and erosion prediction science, and for his contributions to soil and water conservation engineering. Elliot received a BS in agricultural engineering in 1971 and a PhD in 1988 from Iowa State … Continue reading Ag engineering alum named 2015 ASABE Fellow