Two cool: a pair of patents filed on breakthrough materials for next-gen refrigerators

Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool® are closer than ever to the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is markedly more energy efficient than current gas compression systems. Currently, residential and commercial cooling consumes about one out of every five kilowatt-hours of electricity generated in the U.S., but a caloric refrigeration system … Continue reading Two cool: a pair of patents filed on breakthrough materials for next-gen refrigerators

New Applied Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Course – TSM 449X/549X

David Eisenmann, associate scientist in the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation, was selected to receive the 2018 American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Faculty Grant Award for the development of a new course in Applied Nondestructive Testing/Evaluation – a Technology Systems Management (TSM) course currently offered as TSM 493C/593C, Workshop in Technology: Manufacturing. The new course … Continue reading New Applied Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation Course – TSM 449X/549X

Suzanne Leonard reflects on her Trinect Fellowship experience

Suzanne Leonard, a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, recently wrapped up her experience as a 2017-2018 Trinect Fellow. This fellowship is funded by the National Science Foundation STEM-C Partnership: MSP program and provides support to graduate students in engineering. As a fellow, Leonard worked in elementary schools alongside elementary teachers … Continue reading Suzanne Leonard reflects on her Trinect Fellowship experience

ABE professors receive university awards

Three professors in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) are 2018 university award recipients. Manjit Misra, Director of the Seed Science Center and professor in the ABE department, received the International Service Award. This award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding international service in teaching, research, or administration within the United States or … Continue reading ABE professors receive university awards

Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

AMES, Iowa – Tiny defects in electrical insulating materials may lead to breakdowns, robbing the power grid and even cell phones of reliability and efficiency. Xiaoli Tan, an Iowa State University professor of materials science and engineering, is working to understand how those nanoscale defects, when subject to extreme electric fields, evolve into material failures. Those … Continue reading Engineers study nanodefects suspected of causing early failures of electrical materials

Joshua Peschel, From Disney to Digital Livestock

Joshua Peschel, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, participated in the second annual Iowa State Research Day on March 27, 2018. He presented a four minute talk in the Lightning Talk Program titled “From Disney to Digital Livestock.” Watch his presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWecBSChyWg&list=PLwyYjDb9t-ZzmLC23D7O0AL-gwoZ-Jio8 

Agricultural engineering team competes at the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

A group of six agricultural engineering students represented Iowa State University for the first time at the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge on April 11-14, 2018. The team designed a human-powered vehicle that used a hydraulic powered transmission. This was a national competition sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association and was held at the Danfoss … Continue reading Agricultural engineering team competes at the Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

Xin and Raman selected as 2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors

Distinguished Professor, Hongwei Xin and Morrill Professor, Raj Raman, were selected as 2017-2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors awarded by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. Xin and Raman were selected because of their demonstrated exemplary mentoring of junior faculty. Xin mentored Yuko Sato, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production … Continue reading Xin and Raman selected as 2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors

Jia Wen Lee receives ASABE Adams Scholarship

Jia Wen Lee, a senior in agricultural engineering, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) William J. Adams, Jr. and Marijiane E. Adams Scholarship. This yearly scholarship is given to one agricultural or biological engineering undergraduate student with a special interest in agricultural machinery product … Continue reading Jia Wen Lee receives ASABE Adams Scholarship

Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

Kaitlin Bratlie is an associate professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has been a biomaterial researcher and professor at Iowa State since 2011. Bratlie earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota and doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley … Continue reading Biomaterials research at Iowa State searches to find solutions to control tumor growth and boost tissue regeneration

With mentorship from ABE professor, Brian Steward, local high school robotics team finds success at regional competition

A team of high school students from Story County 4-H, Team Neutrino, designed and constructed a robot to compete at the Iowa Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 21-24, 2018. The team ranked second and finished in the finals. Team Neutrino also won the Engineering Inspiration award which “celebrates outstanding success … Continue reading With mentorship from ABE professor, Brian Steward, local high school robotics team finds success at regional competition

Mickelson and Anderson celebrate 35 years of service at Iowa State

In early March, two leaders of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) were celebrated at the annual Iowa State University 25 Year Club Banquet. Dr. Steve Mickelson, ABE Department Chair, and Sylvia Anderson, program assistant, were recognized for their 35 years of service to Iowa State. Mickelson and Anderson were recognized alongside 41 … Continue reading Mickelson and Anderson celebrate 35 years of service at Iowa State

Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy

Peter Collins, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was selected to be a collaborator in a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program for the United States Navy. The team of collaborators will focus on properties, defects, and instabilities in advanced manufactured alloys, an area of great importance to the Navy. The … Continue reading Collins is selected to collaborate in a research program for US Navy

Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention

Kathryn “Katie” Neilson, a junior in materials engineering from Morton, Illinois, has been selected as a 2018-2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention recipient. The Goldwater Scholarships are granted to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States based on academic merit in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. Neilson was one of two Iowa … Continue reading Neilson is selected as a Goldwater Scholar with Honorable Mention