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Jun Cui: Magnetic materials and beyond

New MatE professor immersed in research in Ames Upon his arrival in Ames, Jun Cui jumped right into five different areas of research both in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on campus and with the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Cui, originally from China, says …Continue reading “Jun Cui: Magnetic materials and beyond”

Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition

A challenge issued by SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, is reaching its final stages. In an attempt to make a more efficient transportation system, Musk issued an open challenge for teams to create a “Hyperloop pod” that can travel 700 mph, making the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles only 20 minutes …Continue reading “Iowa State gears up for second round of Hyperloop competition”

Presidential research initiative builds, advances four big data research teams

The second round of awards from Iowa State University’s Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will help build four big data research teams and launch major projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis.

Zhaoyu Wang: Seizing the opportunity

Although Dr. Zhaoyu Wang did not plan to become a professor in power systems and renewable energy, he is grateful for the opportunities that have lead him to Iowa State University. “I only planned to stay in the U.S. for less than a year but I took this offer because I thought it was a …Continue reading “Zhaoyu Wang: Seizing the opportunity”

Outreach and mentoring award for Professor Laura Jarboe

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering professor Dr. Laura Jarboe has received the 2015 Leadership in Outreach & Mentoring Award from Iowa NSF EPSCoR (National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research). A panel of judges selected Jarboe for the honor, stating they were impressed with her range of activities and achievement in the …Continue reading “Outreach and mentoring award for Professor Laura Jarboe”

Iowa State engineer models heart valves, wind turbines for better designs, performance

Three thin leaflets blew open and blood blasted through an artificial heart valve, the center stream firing reds and yellows, the colors indicating a flow speed up to 125 centimeters per second. When the leaflets slammed shut, the flow turned to light blue eddies, indicating blood flow had nearly stopped.

The Man Who Could Save The Planet

Aerospace Engineering Professor Bong Wie was recently profiled by Tom Lyden of KMSP Fox 9 in Minneapolis for his work with the Iowa State Asteroid Deflection Research Center. Wie, along with several graduate students, have developed a device that could save the planet from an asteroid hurtling towards Earth. The plan is currently under consideration from NASA …Continue reading “The Man Who Could Save The Planet”

Iowa State engineers build cyber security testbed to help protect the power grid

It’s easy to think of the electrical grid as the power plants, the high voltage lines, the transmission towers, the substations and all the low-voltage distribution lines that bring power to our homes and businesses.An attack on that grid would involve getting out and cutting lines or dropping towers.

I Tec alum, Mandara Savage to lead SIU extended campus

Mandara D. Savage, who has served as interim director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Extended Campus since March, is the program’s executive director. Savage, an associate professor and chair in the Department of Technology, began his new duties Jan. 1. Extended Campus provides online and off-campus academic programs. James Allen, associate provost for academic programs, …Continue reading “I Tec alum, Mandara Savage to lead SIU extended campus”

Workshop to address the strengths and constraints of farmland drainage

Sub-surface drainage is an important part of agriculture in Iowa and a day-long workshop on March 11 will focus on topics of interest that have emerged around farmland drainage. The Farmland Drainage Workshop will be held from 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post in Osage, Iowa. The morning session will focus on …Continue reading “Workshop to address the strengths and constraints of farmland drainage”

Iowa State advances expertise for national highway research program

Iowa State University transportation engineering researchers build upon a national program that aims to improve highway safety and sustainability. Four research faculty members and their student teams were recently awarded four substantial projects from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 combines resources from the National Research Council, the American Association of …Continue reading “Iowa State advances expertise for national highway research program”

Brown Appointed to Iowa Energy Plan Working Group

BEI director Robert C. Brown has been appointed to the “Iowa’s Energy Resources” working group for the Iowa Energy Plan. The plan aims to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for decision-making while working to encourage energy, economic, and environmental benefits. It’s a joint initiative between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Dept. of Transportation.