World War II servicemen studying mechanical and ag engineering to be honored at ISU Gold Star Hall ceremony

World War II servicemen studying mechanical and agricultural engineering will be honored at Iowa State’s Gold Star Hall ceremony at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in the Memorial Union Great Hall. William Howard Butler, who studied ag engineering in the 1940s and died in China in 1945, and Richard Wayne Suesens, who came to Iowa State to study mechanical engineering in 1937 and was killed in action during the Battle of Midway in 1942, will be remembered during the Gold Star Hall ceremony, part of a week of events on campus dedicated to honoring veterans.

Anderson inducted into Michigan Tech Academy of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Adjunct professor of materials science and engineering Iver Anderson was recently inducted into the Michigan Tech Academy of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Anderson, who is also a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was honored for his extraordinary contributions to the materials discipline, the educational activities he coordinates at the national level, and his ongoing support of the department. Among his many accomplishments, Anderson is best known as the inventor of a lead-free solder used in 70 percent of electronic devices in the world.

ISU ABE receives ISUAA Impact Award

The Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is a winner of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Impact Award, honoring “individuals, businesses, organizations, or units whose programs or accomplishments brought broad recognition to the university and increased the involvement of ISU constituents.”

Cyclone Engineers honored at 2018 Homecoming alumni awards ceremony

Four Cyclone Engineers and one engineering department will receive college and Iowa State University Alumni Association awards at the ISUAA 2018 Honors and Awards Ceremony. Tim Anderson (’73 chem engr) will be awarded the Anson Marston Medal, Jim Fay (’74 chem engr) and Amzi Yahya (MS ’85, PhD ’88 agri engr) will receive Professional Achievement Citations in Engineering and John Kevern (PhD ’08 civil engr) will receive a Young Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. The ISU Alumni Association’s Impact Award will go to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

ABE’s Helmers named director for Iowa Nutrient Research Center

Matt Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been named director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. The center funds research by scientists at Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa to address nitrogen and phosphorus nutrient losses to surface waters.

Stronger, cheaper, greener foundations for offshore renewable energy generation

Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, is studying how to improve foundation design of tidal current turbines – with an aim of helping offshore renewable energy generation go mainstream. Her project examining suction caissons as an economical and green option for tidal turbines is supported by an NSF CAREER award.

Trishelle Copeland-Johnson launched materials engineering research career in national lab internships

Materials science and engineering Ph.D. student Trishelle Copeland-Johnson launched her research career with internships at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, located right here on the Iowa State campus, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Now, Copeland-Johnson works at Brookhaven Lab to improve materials used to prevent potential disasters at nuclear reactors.

Researchers use crowdsourcing to speed up data analysis in corn plants

An interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State University, including professor of mechanical engineering Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, turned to crowdsourcing to help them design a machine-learning algorithm that could speed up the process of breeding new crop varieties with desirable traits. The recently published research focuses on identifying tassels in images of corn plants, but the work could have implications for other crops as well.