Archives for November 2015

CBE Doraiswamy lecture presents Tufts’ Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering welcomes Dr. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos of Tufts University as this year’s L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship speaker. She will present “Heterogeneous Catalyst Design at the Single Atom Limit: A Diverse Reaction Landscape” December 10 at 11 a.m. in 2061 Sweeney Hall. The L. K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship in [Continue Reading…]

Andersen: Timing, nutrients, environment factor into fertilizing decisions

With the wide variety of farming operations and soil types in the Midwest, farmers need to answer a few important questions when contemplating manure fertilizer: When are the best times of the year to apply and what are the key factors in this decision? Dan Andersen, assistant professor in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University, who [Continue Reading…]

Dean’s Blog guest post: Why Project Lead the Way makes a difference

Susan Lyons has been teaching middle school and high school for 15 years. She works for Pella Community Schools and is a master teacher for Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a program that introduces middle and high school students to STEM curriculum and hands-on experiences. Iowa State University College of Engineering Community Outreach serves in leadership with Iowa PLTW as the affiliate partner. Throughout Lyons’ career, she has looked for ways to engage students in STEM lessons, and she says PLTW is a great way to do just that.

Koziel recognized with Distinguished Service Award

On November 12th, Jacek Koziel, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering received the “Zasluzony dla Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego we Wroclawiu” medal. Translation ~ [2015] Distinguished Service Award, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences [WUELS, Poland]. Koziel received the award during a special ceremony commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences. In [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State construction director named Construction Owners Association of America president

Dean McCormick (BSConE’81), director of Iowa State University design and construction services, was recently named president of the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) beginning in 2016. McCormick’s appointment as president was announced at COAA’s 2015 Fall Owners Leadership Conference, held in Henderson, Nev., earlier this month. COAA’s membership includes public and private owners who [Continue Reading…]

Institute for Transportation research takes novel approach to integrating climate into transportation planning

The following post was originally published by the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation on Nov. 23, 2015. Iowa State University climate researchers have led the development of a new method that could help transportation departments to better plan for excessive flooding, the type of which has closed and damaged some of Iowa’s and the [Continue Reading…]

2015 Iowa Energy Center Impact Award Winners Announced

Every year the Iowa Energy Center selects four leaders in energy research and innovation, one for each of our main focus areas: bioenergy, education and outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Two of these winners are members of Iowa State’s College of Engineering faculty.

Joe Vanstrom: Developing students into professionals

When he began his adventure at Iowa State University, Joe Vanstrom was a student looking for a way to get more hands-on in the engineering field. He found his calling in the industrial technology program and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the discipline. Now, he has returned to campus as a lecturer in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department.

BEI Student Continues Poster Excellence at Thermochemical Conference

Joseph Polin, an Iowa State University Ph.D. student working in the Bioeconomy Institute, won second place in the Student Poster Challenge at the tcbiomass2015 conference held recently in Chicago. It marks the third time in a row that an Iowa State student has placed in this prestigious competition.

Juan Ren: Using control-based approaches to study nano-bio mechanical properties of cells

While Juan Ren was growing up, she was surrounded by a family of teachers who kept a watchful eye over her studies. As she began working on her degree in engineering, she never planned on joining the family tradition in education until she served as a teaching assistant during her PhD program at Rutgers University.

Probing the FSMA rule

Charles Hurburgh, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, director of Iowa State University’s grain quality initiative and a member of the food safety alliance, reports that ISU is working toward becoming an FSMA training center, and he’s anticipating that among the offerings will be an ethanol-industry-specific training course.

Brenneman: Winter is coming; Prepare your homes now for snow, wind and chills

“Change the furnace filter and have the furnace checked by a professional technician for proper operation,” Iowa State University Ag Engineering Specialist Greg Brenneman said.