Archives for April 2016

Undergraduates invited to apply for CBE summer research program

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University is now accepting applications for the Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU) program. Applications will be accepted through May 8, 2016. The application form and more information may be found at A program flier can be found here. Participation [Continue Reading…]

Xin: Egg prices forecast to fall as industry recovers from bird flu

Hongwei Xin, director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, said the state is making good progress in recovering from bird flu. Iowa had 46.5 million egg-laying hens as of mid-March compared with 58.3 million before the outbreak. Producers are adding about 3 million birds each month, but that pace is expected to slow [Continue Reading…]

Iowa school teams, individuals head to science and technology world championship

This story was originally posted with the Iowa State News Service.  When it launches basketball-sized “boulders” at a castle tower, the robot built by a team of students from Cedar Falls High School can’t see over defending robots. So, at 8:30 on a recent school night, team members were at school, working to solve the [Continue Reading…]

German student finds new research avenues and experiences at Iowa State

What brings a student all the way to Ames, Iowa from Münster, Germany? For Johannes Betz, it was the promise of expanding his battery research and achieving his goals of creating a sustainable future. Pursuing a master’s degree, Betz knew he wanted to expand his studies and go abroad. He reached out to his professors [Continue Reading…]

Engineers, elementary educators and future teachers partner to teach STEM

At Iowa State, integrating engineering into K-12 classrooms is a collaborative effort that spans across campus and into surrounding school districts. Trinect, a program funded by the National Science Foundation STEM-C Partnerships, brings together three groups to introduce engineering concepts to young students: engineering graduate students, preservice teacher students and cooperating elementary teachers from Des Moines Public Schools.

Civil engineering class gets field experience

CE 105 takes a trip to water treatment plant construction site  What does it take to give one class a first-hand look at their future profession? For Hans van Leeuwen’s CE 105 class, it took two trips to the new water treatment plant being built in Ames. Van Leeuwen, the Vlasta Klima Balloun Professor of [Continue Reading…]

Jiles named Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

David C. Jiles, Palmer Endowed Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University, is among the new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales in 2016. LSW Fellows are distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions. The [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: “How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?” said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University has announced the teams that will be a part of their first summer “CYstarters” program. The program, which takes place over 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29 at Iowa State, will allow teams access to between $6,000-$12,000 in funding, access to industry mentors, educational [Continue Reading…]

Prince Manufacturing announces retirements

The CEO of Prince Manufacturing Corporation, George Sully, began his retirement on April 1. Sully graduated from Iowa State in 1972 with a B.S. in mechanic engineering. He had been working for Prince since 1980 and was originally hired to develop the corporation’s R&D laboratory. Sully will be succeeded by Dan Van Eldik. To read the full story [Continue Reading…]

2016 Dean’s Student Leadership Award recipients named

Five College of Engineering students have received the Dean’s Student Leadership Award for 2016. The recipients are Christian Miller (senior in biological systems engineering), Erika Vaassen (December 2015 graduate in chemical engineering), Rebecca Harmon (senior in chemical engineering), Sheila Evans (senior in aerospace engineering) and Eli Reiser (senior in chemical engineering). Juniors and seniors are nominated for the award based [Continue Reading…]

Aer E Seniors Present Capstone Projects to Boeing Engineers

AMES, Iowa- The year-long process of planning, designing, and constructing a capstone project finally reached the finish line yesterday for a group of Aerospace Engineering seniors. The students from Iowa State University collaborated with seniors from North Carolina A&T State University to take part in Boeing’s Senior Design Competition. The year is 2040 and the students have [Continue Reading…]