College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability

Growing a lush and environmentally friendly lawn might be easier thanks in part to some Iowa soybeans and some innovative research from the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). David Grewell, agricultural and biosystems engineering professor and CB2 Director, and James Schrader, an associate scientist in horticulture, lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials …Continue reading “Researchers develop soy-based turfgrass fertilizer for improved sustainability”

Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences

Hongwei Xin, said he hoped consumers always will be able to choose between conventionally produced eggs and cage-free eggs, each of which has its pros and cons. Most of the corporate commitments to cage-free eggs have 2020 or 2025 deadlines, he said, because it can take years to complete the transition. Cage-free eggs cost more to produce …Continue reading “Xin: The cage-free hen movement has reached a tipping point in consumer preferences”

AFIA, Iowa State offer FSMA training

The American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) and Iowa State University are offering a 2.5-day course leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) designation as a “preventive controls qualified individual” (PCQI) for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The course, Preventive Controls for Animal Food, will be held June 27-29, 2016, at Elings Hall on the …Continue reading “AFIA, Iowa State offer FSMA training”

Iowa State’s Baja team wins first endurance race of the season, aims for more

Iowa State’s Baja SAE Team has already won a long race and earned a top-10 overall finish. The team’s racing season still has stops in California and New York. To get ready, the student-engineers have been collecting data and fine-tuning their off-road racer.

Levitas Receives ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research

Dr. Valery Levitas, Iowa State’s Schafer Professor of aerospace engineering and of mechanical engineering, has been named the 2016 recipient of the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. This award recognizes faculty members for outstanding career achievements in research, outstanding national and international recognition in the academic community, and a substantial positive impact of …Continue reading “Levitas Receives ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research”

Iowa State engineer part of defense department study of spray behavior, control

Engineers from across the country — including Iowa State’s Ted Heindel — will study the prediction and control of sprays as part of a U.S. Department of Defense research initiative. The engineers say a better understanding of spray physics and control could improve combustion systems, liquid cooling, 3D printing and even help mitigate ship wakes. The Defense Department is supporting the research team with a grant of up to $7.5 million over five years.

PhD student awarded SPIE Travel Scholarship

*Co-authored by Prof. Biswas   Akshit Peer, an ECpE PhD student and Ames Lab student associate, has been awarded a 2016 Travel Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics or related field. The scholarship application involves evaluation based on student’s research and participation in various …Continue reading “PhD student awarded SPIE Travel Scholarship”

Hannah Bygd: Using materials to advance immunology

Graduate student combines interests in materials science and biochemistry Driven by her diverse educational background, graduate student Hannah Bygd is using her well-rounded knowledge to make a big impact on the medical field. Bygd, a graduate student at Iowa State studying materials science, is looking at macrophage reprogramming. She and Kaitlin Bratlie, an assistant professor …Continue reading “Hannah Bygd: Using materials to advance immunology”

Student – industry collaboration aims to capture energy from the prairie

Written by Bob Mills, communications and marketing for the Bioeconomy Institute Two teams of mechanical engineering students from Iowa State University have designed a system to convert prairie grasses into fuels and other products as part of their senior capstone project. The effort involved close collaboration with an industrial company, Roeslein Alternative Energy LLC, including a visit …Continue reading “Student – industry collaboration aims to capture energy from the prairie”

Shifting perspective, increasing diversity

It’s no secret – there is a need to engage underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We need diversity of thought and different ways of thinking as we work on solving important, multifaceted problems. When know that adding more ideas as we begin exploring these sorts of problems means everyone is not going to …Continue reading “Shifting perspective, increasing diversity”

Faculty positions announced for 2016-17

The state Board of Regents approved 58 faculty promotions and tenure applications for the 2016-17 year during its April 21 meeting in Council Bluffs. The full list of faculty can be found here. The new titles and promotions take effect in July for A-base (12-month) faculty and in August for B-base faculty. Nine College of …Continue reading “Faculty positions announced for 2016-17”

Franklin Energy Awards Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship

PORT WASHINGTON, Wis.– Franklin Energy Services, LLC, a leading national energy efficiency program implementation firm, is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the annual Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow scholarship. Awardees include Sage Lincoln (University of Pittsburgh) and Andrew Peterson (Iowa State University).