Archives for October 2015

Chinmay Hegde: Transforming big data with efficient algorithms

New ECpE assistant professor looks for better ways to handle data Chinmay Hegde has always been curious about the power of math. He says that since he was young, he’s been interested in using math to “do cool stuff”. This interest has carried him through his education and now to Iowa State. Chinmay Hegde’s education brought [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State University engineering dean receives national award for women with exceptional contributions to engineering education

Sarah Rajala, dean of the Iowa State University College of Engineering, is the 2015 recipient of the Harriett B. Rigas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society. Rajala received the national award that recognizes outstanding female faculty for exceptional contributions to electrical and computer engineering education and the global engineering community [Continue Reading…]

Schnell awarded Global Food Challenge Fellowship

Three ISU students were among 10 college sophomores nationwide awarded fellowships through the Global Food Challenge for Emerging Leaders for Food Security program, created by Land O’Lakes, Inc. Addison Bidwell, agronomy, Leah Ellensohn, agronomy, and Megan Schnell, agricultural and biological systems, will work with agricultural experts and travel to Africa as part of the yearlong [Continue Reading…]

Bern: Kenya, World Unites to Fight Hunger After Harvest Losses

Mixing maize with amaranth during storage can reduce weevil infestation by up to 75 per cent, scientists have found out. “Storing maize mixed with amaranth will reduce the interstitial space between kernels, overall void volume, and therefore, total oxygen available to weevils,” said Dr Carl Bern of Iowa State University, US. In addition to limiting [Continue Reading…]

Hanna: Change chisel points to boost residue

Chisel plow components include a wide variety of sweeps, spikes and shovels. In the Midwest, 3- or 4-inch-wide twisted shovels and 2-inch wide straight points are common, says Mark Hanna, Iowa State University agricultural engineer. All chisel plow points loosen the soil, fracturing the ground mainly off to the sides of the tool, he says. [Continue Reading…]

ISU BioBus breaks experience cycle

Some students get caught in the loop of needing experience to get experience, but the ISU BioBus program aims to break the cycle. The program creates biofuel for CyRide buses while providing a way for students to get valuable work experience.

Digital Lumens names Steve Ronneberg vice president of worldwide sales

Digital Lumens, the market leader in intelligent LED lighting systems, today announced the appointment of Steve Ronneberg as vice president of worldwide sales. Ronneberg joins Digital Lumens from Montreal-based Grass Valley, part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc., which delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution solutions to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of broadcast markets.

2015 Jason Award recipients announced

Plans for the 2015 Jason Awards banquet to be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, are continuing to unfold. The event will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow.

Surya Mallapragada is inaugural “Carol’s Chair” in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dr. Surya Mallapragada has been recognized as the inaugural Carol Vohs Johnson Chair (“Carol’s Chair”) in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Donor Jack R. Johnson and Dr. Mallapragada were joined in a ceremony by Iowa State University Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan A. Wickert; Sarah Rajala, Dean of the College of Engineering; CBE department faculty [Continue Reading…]

Creating a power source for unmanned micro underwater vehicles

Jonathan Claussen applies carbon nanotube technology to a new propulsion system Collaborating with researchers at Brigham Young University and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Jonathan Claussen is taking a well-known propulsion technique to the nanoscale. The team has developed a system that uses hydrogen peroxide decomposition to propel small underwater vehicles. “Hydrogen peroxide propulsion has [Continue Reading…]

Wind Energy Industry Symposium brings together experts and ideas for advancing wind energy research

Event offers overview of the challenges, potential of wind energy through presentations and interactive discussions More than 80 Researchers and industry practitioners in wind energy came to Iowa State’s campus ready to make connections during the Wind Energy Industry Symposium. The event, hosted by the College of Engineering’s Wind Energy Initiative on Sept. 29, provided [Continue Reading…]

Cameron MacKenzie: Planning for large-scale disruptions

IMSE assistant professor applies operations research to risk and decision analysis Twelve years ago, Cameron MacKenzie didn’t know much about the industrial engineering field. He was in Washington, D.C., working as a consultant in the areas of defense and homeland security for former Defense Secretary William Cohen. At the time, MacKenzie, who is now an [Continue Reading…]