Archives for November 2016

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists create new compound, first intermetallic double salt with platinum

This story was originally published by Laura Millsaps, with Ames Laboratory.  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are being credited with creating the first intermetallic double salt with platinum. Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterize the compound. Cesium platinide hydride, or 4Cs2Pt⋅CsH, forms a [Continue Reading…]

ME staff and faculty participate in No-Shave November

More than a dozen faculty and staff from the Department of Mechanical Engineering participated in this year’s No-Shave November. No-Shave November is “a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.” National organizations participating in this year’s campaign include the American Cancer Society, Prevent Cancer Foundation, [Continue Reading…]

Amy Kaleita: Soil Whisperer

From the air or highway, America’s fruited plains present a uniform vista of vast abundance. Not to Amy Kaleita. The associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University sees a “nonlinear, somewhat chaotic” array of micro-plots, each with unique hydrology, root depths, soil characteristics – and ripe opportunities for smart technology to [Continue Reading…]

Hartmann named 2016 WiSE Champion

The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) honors CCEE’s Beth Hartmann for support of STEM education to young women This month, Senior Lecturer Beth Hartmann was honored as a 2016 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Champion. Hartmann, a construction engineering faculty member of the civil, construction and environmental engineering department at Iowa [Continue Reading…]

CCEE seniors finish multi-disciplinary course to cap off semester

Capstone course gives seniors chance to interact with industry partners, gain real-world experience Benjamin Claypool will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in construction engineering (ConE) this coming December. By the time he crosses the graduation stage, he’s already passed a milestone. Claypool has just finished his senior capstone project. From the moment he [Continue Reading…]

ME grad student voted vice president of Graduate and Professional Student Senate

ME master’s student Ashton Archer has been voted vice president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Archer replaces outgoing vice president Bharat Agrawal who announced on Nov. 28 he would step down because of “health issues.” Archer along with fellow senator Niloo Parvin were nominated to fill the vacant seat and Archer won [Continue Reading…]

Project Director and innovative student leader of MSE guides PrISUm to completion of the world’s first solar utility vehicle

Materials Engineering senior, Matt Goode, from Coggon, Iowa has been leading over 100 students within PrISUm, the solar car team at Iowa State University, in developing the world’s first solar utility vehicle (SUV) named Penumbra. This vehicle will compete in the cruiser class of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge to race across the Australian [Continue Reading…]

Andersen: Understanding manure flow is a piece of cake

Daniel Andersen, Iowa State University assistant professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering specializing in Manure Management, recently addressed questions of how manure moves through the soil profile in a recent edition of his blog “The Manure Scoop.” Andersen, aka Dr. Manure, explains that there are some factors at play that determine how manure filters down — [Continue Reading…]

Remembering faculty and alum Paul Bond

Paul R. Bond, associate professor emeritus for the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away Oct. 31, 2016, after a 13-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 88. After graduating from John Brown University in 1952, Bond enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years at a radio relay [Continue Reading…]

Ashfaq Khokhar named chair of Iowa State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ashfaq Khokhar has been named the Palmer Department Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) at Iowa State University. His appointment officially begins Jan. 1, 2017. Khokhar is currently chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he has held the position since 2013. Previously, he was a [Continue Reading…]

ABE grads win at Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

Three agricultural and biosystems engineering graduate students attended the 2016 Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest, held at Ohio State University on November 12 and 13. The Iowa State University graduate team, comprised of Suzanne Leonard, Kai Liu and Jofran Oliveira, placed first in the Team Live Assessment scenario and third place Overall Team. Suzanne Leonard [Continue Reading…]

Sixth Annual CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition on Nov. 30

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) Graduate Student Council hosts its Sixth Annual CCEE Graduate Student Research Showcase and Poster Competition on Nov. 30. The event takes place in Howe Hall Atrium on Iowa State University’s (ISU) campus from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. This year, CCEE’s Graduate Student Council accepted nearly [Continue Reading…]