Author: Kelsey Schirm

Iowa State University Workshops to Promote Development of Biopolymers, Biocomposites and Plastics

AMES, Iowa — This month Iowa State University hosts three workshops to bring together researchers and companies in the plastics and bioplastics industry. “The workshops focused on bioplastics will have speakers and attendees from around the world, putting ISU in the global spotlight of bioplastics research,” said David Grewell, chair of Iowa State’s Biopolymers and … Continue reading Iowa State University Workshops to Promote Development of Biopolymers, Biocomposites and Plastics

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers invent new tool to study single biological molecules

AMES, Iowa – By blending optical and atomic force microscope technologies, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have found a way to complete 3-D measurements of single biological molecules with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Existing technologies allow researchers to measure single molecules on the x and y axes of a 2-D plane. The new … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers invent new tool to study single biological molecules

Hyperion brings home hardware

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm and their solar car, Hyperion, brought home the second place overall finish in the 2012 American Solar Car Challenge in July. They also brought home two other awards, including Best Mechanical Design and Best Electrical Design. Watch the video here.

CoE supports CIRAS

The College of Engineering is actively involved in advancing extension services of the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). The latest CIRAS newsletter highlights many of the college’s efforts including: Collaboration in the Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) Successfully executing the Engineering Career Fair Hosting a Bioplastics/Biocomposites Workshop Conducting research in computer security defense, … Continue reading CoE supports CIRAS

Should the Wind Turbine Industry Head for the Hills?

At dusk outside Limon, an isolated interstate interchange on Colorado’s vast eastern frontier, a string of active wind turbines lines the southwest horizon — their red aviation warning lights almost keeping time with their rotating blades. And more are on the way; the local hotels are packed with summer wind farm construction workers pulling three … Continue reading Should the Wind Turbine Industry Head for the Hills?

Hyperion’s reliability earns Team PrISUm a second place finish

Hyperion cruised across the St. Paul finish line Saturday for a second place finish despite a rainy morning. Waking to gloomy skies and steady rain, Team PrISUm got off to a slow start as it left LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The team decided to take today’s final leg of the American Solar Car Challenge cautiously, seeing the … Continue reading Hyperion’s reliability earns Team PrISUm a second place finish

M:2:I continues to grow

Last summer, the aerospace engineering (AerE) department announced plans for Make to Innovate (M:2:I) – a new program to engage students in hands-on projects. Over the past year, the program has seen students flood in and new projects emerge, demonstrating that M:2:I has staying power. Getting the program up and running When M:2:I was established, … Continue reading M:2:I continues to grow

Engineering Kids Day Camp is bigger than before

DAVENPORT – Engineering Kids Day Camp is back by popular demand! We have added an extra day to ensure everyone has the best engineering experience possible. This camp is an exciting, engaging experience for your young engineer. Fun, imaginative sessions including LEGO robotics and the opportunity to create and learn side by side with engineering students from … Continue reading Engineering Kids Day Camp is bigger than before

McCalley offers expertise

Marion, Iowa has contracted with Plasma Power to provide 300 tons of garbage per day to the firm’s first-of-its-kind plasma arc plant. The plant would produce steam. The city is checking into setting up a municipal utility to use that steam to run turbines to create electricity. For a town the size of Marion— population … Continue reading McCalley offers expertise

Iowa Energy Center announces research and demonstration grant awards

The Iowa Energy Center is pleased to announce the projects awarded under the Center’s Research and Demonstration competitive grant program for FY 2013.* Funds to support the Energy Center’s grant programs are derived from an annual assessment on gross intrastate revenues of gas and electric utilities in Iowa. The amount received from the assessment is closely tied to the … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center announces research and demonstration grant awards

New safety guidelines developed for two-tank anhydrous ammonia wagons

AMES, Iowa ― Size and capacity of farm equipment keeps getting larger and fertilizer equipment is no exception. Each year in Iowa approximately a billion pounds of nitrogen is applied as anhydrous ammonia. As equipment has gotten larger, many dealers are now using multi-tank systems with two anhydrous ammonia tanks mounted on to a single … Continue reading New safety guidelines developed for two-tank anhydrous ammonia wagons

Research program brings bioplastic packaging to life

R&D/Leverage’s creativity in mold manufacturing for PET tooling, IBM tooling and Injection molds, as well as unit tool development, testing and validation, is making it possible for Iowa State University (ISU) scientists to develop sustainable horticulture containers – eco-friendly flower pots – in a massive, USDA-funded, multi-institutional research program targeting the $7.12 billion container specialty … Continue reading Research program brings bioplastic packaging to life